Wachusett Mountain East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.6
FIETS
4.9 mi
DISTANCE
1,235 ft
GAINED
4.6 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): John Summerson, The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike), 2nd Edition; Mitch Reid, Reno, NV, USA

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2021 Tour de France

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This 4.9 mile bike climb is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA. The average gradient is 4.6% and there is a total elevation gain of 1,235 ft, finishing at 1,988 ft.

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Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - bike parked in field surrounded by fall foliage, two-lane road with fall foliage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts

Ride 4.9 miles gaining 1,235’ at 4.6% average grade.  

There are two parts to this climb: (a) The first 2.5 miles on Pine Hill Road which has light traffic, and (b) the last 2.4 miles into Wachusett Mountain State Reservation along a rural road with minimal traffic and beautiful surroundings.  

The first 2.5 miles on Pine Hill Road.

The ride is just north of Princeton and is the closest bike climb to Worcester (16 miles line of sight) and Boston (40 miles).

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - toll booth to enter Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, fall folige, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

$5.00 to enter the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation as of October, 2020.

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts - sign reads "Please Keep Off Slopes"

We pass by ski slopes and under lifts on our way to the top.

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - fall foliage, bike parked under ski lift, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Views along the climb between the entrance and the top.

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - Harlow Lookout

Harlow Lookout is on the one way descent from the Summit (about a mile from the top).

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - view from Harlow Lookout shows dense forestation, fall colors, and the Boston skyline far in the horizon

On a clear day, you can see Boston from Harlow Lookout.

SUMMIT

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts - aerial view from the summit shows 360 views of fall foliage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Aerial views of the summit.

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - observation tower at climb's summit, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

There is an observation tower at the summit.

There are informational boards for each compass direction at the lower level of the tower.  The boards show and name distant mountains and peaks.  From this point, on a clear day you can see Mount Monadnock, Mount Greylock, southern Vermont and on a good day Boston.

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - informational signs looking North from summit

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - informational signs looking East from summit

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - informational signs looking South from summit

Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts  - informational signs looking West from summit