Cycling Mount Battie
Ride 1.6 miles gaining 605’ at 7.2% average grade.
“The climb of Mount Battie is a short and sharp ascent on the Maine coast. A short stretch of moderate climbing up from Route 1 leads to flat ground and the toll booth. Turn left just beyond and soon the grade picks up as you ride through thick woods and little traffic most days. There are two ramps of steeper grade to negotiate, the 2nd of which contains the maximum on the hill. Near the top the slope eases up to a small parking area with excellent views of the coast and Atlantic Ocean.” (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 67.)
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.
Mt Battie is a climb near the Atlantic coast in Camden Hills State Park. The climb starts at Rte 1, at the entrance to the State Park. As of July 2023 there is a $6 entry fee for non-residents, and it is the same fee for both cyclists and motorists.
After the entrance booth we turn left to head to Mt Battie Tower. The beginning of the climb isn't too steep but there is soon a steep section partway up. After this steep ramp there is a flatter section and then again some more steep road but not quite as bad and the first ramp. We ride through a forest with plenty of shade and little traffic, since it is a State Park.
The climb ends at a parking lot which is a short walk from Mt Battie Tower. You can climb up the tower, it is open, and there are great views of Camden and the Atlantic coastline below.
The road condition is pretty rough in places, requiring a lot of braking on the descent. However, construction crews were actively repairing the road during our visit in July 2023 so hopefully the road is in good condition now.
Battie Tower, constructed 1898 as part of Columbus Bushwell’s home.