Cycling Mt. Ascutney , Vermont
One of the steepest and hardest bike climbs in the northeast.
Ride only 3.5 miles but gain 2,280’ to 2,796’ elevation at 12.4%.
Begin the climb by riding into Mt. Ascutney State Park.
Ride away from the New Hampshire border, a stone's throw from the start.
Mt. Ascutney, #57 on the Top US 100 Climb list, is an extremely steep, albeit brief, climb to the parking lot at the end of Mt. Ascutney State Park Road. At 12% and 3.5 miles, this is the shortest climb in the first 60 of the Top 100 U.S. Climbs -- you get your bang for your climbing buck on this one! The other Top 100 climb within 200 miles of this climb are #3 Mt. Washington, NH, #18 Mt. Equinox, VT, #41 Whiteface Mt., NY, and #87 Burke Mt., VT.
The roadway is bordered by thick forest nearly all of the climb.
The Mount Ascutney State Park Road bike climb begins near Windsor, Vermont (population 3,553, 2010; elevation 1,066’). Windsor is known as “the Birthplace of Vermont”. Visit the Old Constitution House while in the area. Mount Ascutney is part of the Coolidge mountains, a subrange of the Appalachians mountain range.
Photo left: Windsor Cornish Covered Bridge, as seen from Mt. Ascutney.
Photo right: Michael Brindley, NHPR.
Drive through and across one of the top covered bridges in New Hampshire/Vermont. The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge is a two span timber Town lattice-truss covered bridge. The bridge was built in 1866 and is 449 feet long and 24 feet wide. The bridge is about a five mile drive from the beginning of the Mt. Ascutney climb and connects Cornish NH with Windsor VT.
Overlook about halfway up the climb on the left.
Some, but not many, viewpoints along the way.
View from the top.
Steepest quarter mile begins at mile 1 (17.3%); steepest mile begins at mile .3 (14.7%).