Cycling Petersburg Pass, Massachusetts
Ride 4 miles gaining 1,213’ at 5.7% average grade.
This is one of many climbs in and around Williamstown, Massachusetts. Petersburg Pass is in the northwest corner of the state, the hub of bike climbing in the state. There are no distant views on this climb as we are surrounded by forest the entire climb -- yet, that’s a huge advantage during fall colors peak season.
“The east side of Petersburgh Pass is a pleasant and steady grade ride towards New York State. Some views appear to the left as you gain altitude and there is usually little traffic on this road which becomes quite twisty in places but there are no surprises on this one. Near the top you enter New York and the summit is reached soon after (pullout on left).” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 71.)
The climb has a steady 5-7% grade which can wear on descending bigr igs.
Yes -- this is a highway, so not for the traffic-averse cyclists.
At the summit we enter Williamstown, Massachusetts (southeast) or Petersburg, New York (northwest).
PJAMM Adventure App with details at climb finish.
Finish is just over the border into New York.