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East Coast Climbs???(18 posts)

East Coast Climbs???biknben
Jan 9, 2002 6:43 PM
There's something about seeing a road turn upwards that appeals to me. Is it the intimidation you feel when looking up at peak, knowing it is getting closer and closer? Or is it the satisfaction of reaching the top? Maybe it's the looks you get from motorists who can't understand why you would want to do such a thing. The look you friends give you when you tell them where you're taking them. Or is it knowing that what goes up must come down?

Unfortunately, I live in the flatlands of NJ. The closest "mountain" has a peak elevation of 750' ASL. A couple times a week, during the summer, I drive an hour North to ride peaks of 1,000'-1,800'. That's pretty much all I've got to work with. On one occasion last year, I drove 6 hours to Vermont to climb Okemo Mt. It is a four-mile climb on a paved access road to the top of a ski resort. It's the hardest climb I know of. 11% avg. grade with sustained 14% sections. It took me 40 minutes. The view from the top was VERY satisfying.

My question to you guys is, other than Mt. Washington, what are some grueling climbs in the East? I have TopoUSA so just give me a mountain name and general area. I'll find it.


BTW: Don't mean to leave out all the left coast riders. I'd be interested to look at some of the climbs out there too.
Try some of the New Hampshire ski area climbsTig
Jan 9, 2002 7:04 PM
I can't remember the names since it's been 10 years, but I once spent 3 weeks in northern MA and rode NH as much as possible. There were some great, long climbs there.
One dreaded climb in western Ma is Bash-Bish ...cyclinseth
Jan 9, 2002 7:14 PM
that's all I know of this climb. Go to and post this name and you will get responses.
Want some climbs?look271
Jan 9, 2002 7:06 PM
You won't have to go too far. There's a ride in Delaware called "the savage". I don't have the url, but it's reported to be a nut-buster. Here is a link to a group that sponsors several gruelling rides, one of which I had the "pleasure " of participating in. (100m, 6500 ft vertical) They're out of the York-Lancaster PA area so that wouldn't be too far a trip for you. There are others as well.
Want some climbs?DaveG
Jan 10, 2002 4:28 PM
You can find the "Savage Century" at
I've considered it a couple of times but its late in the year and may training gets cut short by after work darkness by that time.
Go to ...cyclinseth
Jan 9, 2002 7:20 PM
and post on thier message board about disgusting climbs in the area or go to the ride library. One climb I want to do again is Glade Hill in Sullivan county NY. Or the county just to the north of Sullivan. I believe it's 2 miles with an average of 13% with parts up to 22%. I thought my arms where going to fall off. I had to zig-zag the entire way.
re: East Coast Climbs???firstrax
Jan 9, 2002 8:09 PM
Mount Ascutney
re: East Coast Climbs???mackgoo
Jan 10, 2002 8:18 AM
Do you live around Ascutney? I go to Hartland on occassion.
Try Mt. Greylock, Western Mabent_spoke
Jan 9, 2002 8:47 PM
I was thinking of trying this one's a 7.2 mile climb up Greylock and a 6.5 % average grade (two spots around 11% for about 1/2 mile). Do a search here on "Mt Greylock" to find more info.

There is also a Century ride that takes on Mt. Greylock in August. Have fun!
Try this.....Len J
Jan 10, 2002 4:59 AM

Its a 103 mile race with 10,000 ft of climbing Outside of blacksburg virginia.

re: East Coast Climbs???Greg Taylor
Jan 10, 2002 6:43 AM
In the Washington DC area, Mt. Weather is a pretty tough climb...

The Shennendoah Valley area in Virginia also has some hilly routes. One favorite is Rt. 211 through Thorofare Gap (Sperryville to Luray). There is also a climb out of Luray over Kennedy Peak into Fort Valley that is a good test. The last switchback to the summit is a killer... There is also a good mountain bike trail at the top.

One other climb in this area is near Ottobine, Virgina, up Reddish Knob. It is a seven mile climb to the top. There is a great series of mountain bike trails leading off of the summit that are not to be missed...
Wanna know a secret?tempete
Jan 10, 2002 7:56 AM
Welcome to Quebec!

First, drive through Vermont and take a spin (gulp!) around Jay Peak. Just across the border, ride across the eastern townships of Quebec. Plan a vacation around Mount Mégantic or just ride casualy between Sutton, Bolton, Bromont, Owls Head... There are some seriously nice hilly roads over here (and winyards)!

But if you want hills going +10ks from 9 to 13% and even more... Check out the North Shore or the St-Laurent river, east of Quebec City. Try to fit the road from St-Anne-de-Beaupré to Baie-St-Paul and back in one day and tell me if you can! For any American, driving there during summer for a week of training camp should be the cheapest quality hill climbing in excellent scenery to be found. Food is great, plenty of camping or Bed and Breakfast. Baie St-Paul is one hour east of Quebec city.

That was my secret.
"The Hill" in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. ;)nigel
Jan 10, 2002 8:50 AM
Just kidding on this one! It's a bump really, if even that, that local racers are forced to endure as one of the only very local climbs in races (next to the bigger one in Central Park.)

On a serious note, you may want to do a search on the Devil's Kitchen climb. It was included in the Tour Du Trump (Tour DuPont?) years back, and some of the PROS were walking their bikes! It's only about 1.75 miles, but it's one of those hardcore climbs where you've fitted a 27 sprocket on the back (or more) and you're STILL standing up and traversing the whole thing while wrenching the bars like mad. You can walk it faster than ride it, and it's definitely over 20% at many points. It's a KILLER. Located in upstate New York near Woodstock/New Paltz, the area surrounding it is beautiful and decently hilly as well. A lovely ride, really. Also check out the Overlook climb nearby; not quite as steep, but a doozy nonetheless.

Have a great time,
Prospect park - the good old days!hrv
Jan 10, 2002 10:18 AM
Actually, not for biking, but for speedskating. That's where I developed a passion for this sport as a youngster. All the people who were way more serious than I were very avid road cyclists as well.

Much prefer my current surroundings here in n. central oregon, thank you!

thanks for the memories,
Sounds like you've made a lovely change.nigel
Jan 10, 2002 12:56 PM
Good on ya, and I'm glad to have brought back such nice bits of the past for you. It's a wonderful park to this day, though I wish the loop there were longer and more like the loop in Central Park. 3.5 miles is too short!

Enjoy "Organ,"
I'm from Woodstock , NY and can tell you ...Djudd
Jan 10, 2002 4:13 PM
you can basically find any country road in that area, start to ride and find a substantial climb. Devil's Kitchen may be a bit much if you have never seen it before. When I was much younger my friends and I had a 70 miler that included "the Kitchen" and four other much longer climbs. (I was home for xmas this year and contemplated doing the ride but decided to eat more pie.) Now I'm in DC and the nearest climbs are in the Catoctin Mountains and Skyline Drive.
Yeah, beautiful riding in that area of the Catskills.nigel
Jan 10, 2002 8:44 PM
The Kitchen was the balls-up ride to do years back (when the Tour De Trump was rolling), and my friends and I would pile into cars with our bikes and drive up to a friend's house in New Paltz and do that climb and feel like kings and world-conquerers afterwards (and mock the ones who had to get off and walk even for a couple of steps!).

For those interested, either do Yahoo! search for "'Devil's Kitchen' and 'New York'" or for "Platte Clove Road." Not much is said, unfortunately, but I found out that the AVERAGE gradient is 10% for the 2 miles. It has "steps," but the "flat" parts are pretty far from 0% (flat). More a test of willpower (not getting off or stopping) than of strength, almost!

Yeah, beautiful riding in that area of the Catskills. suggestionDjudd
Jan 10, 2002 8:58 PM
Go a little further up the road to Woodstock and the surrounding area. Great climbs and incredible scenery. The big problem, however is deer running across your path. I miss those climbs.