Cycling Streaked Mountain East, Maine
Ride 3.7 miles gaining 860’ at 4.1% average grade (5% climb only)
Climb begins at the Y of Depot Street and Sodom Road where Sodom transitions into Streaked Mountain Road
“One of the more difficult Maine climbs, the east side of Streaked Mountain along Route 117 is an interesting ascent located in the central section of the state that carries intermittent traffic. With an easy start, the grade is stair step up this hill with no real surprises along the way. Towards the top you will find a short descent which knocks down its average grade just a bit. The final climbing is over shallow grade and the listed climb ends at an unmarked top as the slope flattens out.” (This is a quote presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 66.)
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.
This is a fun climb along Rte 117, which is a major road between Buckfield and Paris, Maine. It is a rural area and so even though we are on a major road there isn't a lot of traffic. The road surface is in good condition with a narrow shoulder most of the way. Since there aren't a lot of cars, it is fine.
The climb isn't too steep and it has some downhill and flat sections sprinkled throughout. A little after halfway there is a short ramp which is fairly steep, but we are soon past it. We climb through a thick forest, typical for Maine, with some occasional houses along the way.
The top is unmarked and it looks a bit like some of the previous short downhill sections. However, there is a driveway and a mailbox at the top so just be on the lookout for these to know when you've reached the top of the climb.