Cycling Music Mountain and Cream Hill Roads
Ride 2 miles gaining 743’ at 7% average grade (7.6% climb only)
This is the 5th most difficult climb in Connecticut with an 11.7% quarter mile segment near the finish on Cream Hill Road.
Start of climb.
“The hill beings on Music Mountain Road over solid grade generally to the north. Soon you hit a descent before the road turns to the right and resumes uphill, gradually getting challenging. Just less than one mile in and the slope has eased, turn right on Cream Hill Road, this road is stair step up the hill and eventually includes the maximum grade. Soon after that the slope eases and then descends briefly. Climbing quickly resumes over shallow grade and stately trees and some views appear. The listed climb then ends as the road descends beyond.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 57.)
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.
This is a rural climb through a heavily wooded area. There are some houses along the climb but most of the time we are passing through thick forest. Surprisingly, the pavement is in good condition. There are no markings on the pavement, no centerline or shoulder markings. Music Mountain Road is about 2 lanes wide and Cream Hill Road is about 1 1/2 lanes wide. Traffic is very light, so we had no safety concerns on this climb.
Turn off Music Mountain and onto Cream Hill Road at .6 miles.
Music Mountain Road starts out gentle but there is soon a steep double digit ramp for about a quarter of a mile. After this ramp we arrive at Cream Hill Road, where we bear right, and there is a steep ramp again. The road is a little more narrow now, but there is still very little traffic as we continue riding through the woods. There is a short downhill section before we reach the top. The top is unmarked, but it is at a driveway with a mailbox so it is easy to tell.
Top of the climb.