North Hollow Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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FIETS
2.1 mi
DISTANCE
598 ft
GAINED
5.4 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): John Summerson, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast; Dan Razum, San Jose, CA

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This 2.1 mile bike climb is located in CT, USA. The average gradient is 5.4% and there is a total elevation gain of 598 ft, finishing at 1,181 ft.

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Difficulty: Moderate
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Traffic
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Mar 19, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 5
Mar 19, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 5
As the profile shows, it's a pretty steady grade for 2 miles.Pick a gear and hold it throughout the climb. (or shift as you like) Watch for black bears, as this is the Tunxis State Forest.
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling North Hollow Road, Connecticut

Ride 2.1 miles gaining 598’ at 5.4% average grade.

Climb start.

“North Hollow Road is a short and scenic ascent in far northern Connecticut and is perhaps the most popular in the state.  The grade is quite steady throughout and never gets steep as you ride along with little traffic most days.  From the creek crossing, head south up the hill and somewhat narrow route under thick tree cover.  The wooded setting makes for a pleasant ride and the climb ends at Balance Rock Road on the right as the slope flattens.  Due to its mostly straight routing, North Hollow Road is a fairly quick and fun descent as well.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 54.)

Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.

This is a long straight climb, with just a couple of gentle curves along the way. It starts at the north end of Barkhamsted Reservoir, like the Morrison Hill Road climb, but it climbs up the  eastern side of the reservoir. We climb on Rte 20, which is called Morrison Hill Rd on the western side of the reservoir and North Hollow Rd on the eastern side of the reservoir.

The gradient is fairly uniform on this climb which makes it easy to get into a good climbing rhythm. The pavement is good, there is a wide shoulder and, since the road is mostly straight, there is good visibility of the traffic.  We encountered few cars on this climb, it is a rural area.  There aren't any views along this climb, the reservoir below is pretty much obscured by the trees.

The climb ends at the intersection with Balance Rock Rd and Old Town Rd.

Climb finish.

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