Morrison Hill Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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FIETS
3.4 mi
DISTANCE
824 ft
GAINED
4.2 %
AVG. GRADE

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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 3.4 mile bike climb is located in CT, USA. The average gradient is 4.2% and there is a total elevation gain of 824 ft, finishing at 1,342 ft.

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Difficulty: Moderate
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Traffic
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Mar 19, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 5
Mar 19, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 5
Beautiful area with low traffic. The start of the climb is a bit steep and continues on for a while. With the correct gearing it's moderate. If you are in a 36/25, you are standing on the pedals. See a great view on your left of the Barkhamsted Reservoir. Note the rocky cliffs on your right. The route levels out a bit, but finishes with a final climb. You are in the middle of the Tunxis forest for most of the ride. And you won't see a single house for the entire ride.
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling Morrison Hill Road

Ride 3.4 miles gaining 824’ at 4.2% average grade (5.6% climb only).

Start of the climb.

“…Morrison Hill Road also heads up the ridge under thick tree cover and over a mostly moderate grade.  Soon it becomes stair step as you gain altitude.  The road makes a right and then a left turn on the way up.  Near the top you pop out of the trees and pass the entrance to the Granville State Forest on the right and the listed climb ends soon after as the grade flattens out.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 55.)

Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.

We climb through a nice forest the whole way on this one.  The climb starts at the north end of the Barkhamsted Reservoir and climbs up the western side of the reservoir. The road is in good condition, not perfect, a few cracks here and there, but overall ok.  There is a shoulder the entire way and traffic is light so it is a nice enjoyable climb.

Part way up there is a small view of the reservoir but otherwise there are no scenic views on this climb. Close to the top we pass the road to Granville State Forest.  After this the climb starts getting less steep until it becomes flat when we reach the top.  The top is unmarked, it is basically where there are some reflectors at a drainage ditch.  After the top you can continue to ride on rolling terrain for several miles with little traffic.

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