Cycling Mohawk Trail West, Massachusetts
Ride 4.1 miles gaining 1,235’ at 5.7% average grade.
This climb begins in North Adams just a few hundred yards from the start of the amazing Mount Greylock bike climb. The steepest part of the climb is ¼ mile near the beginning that averages 8%.
“The west side of Route 2 is a steady grade climb with traffic from picturesque North Adams in western Massachusetts. An easy start in town soon leads to increased grade but there are no real surprises on this one. Eventually you encounter a big hairpin turn to the right as you ascend the ridgeline. Soon the grade eases up to the obvious summit. The traffic will be with you on this one most days but is a worthwhile climb and a fast descent back into town except for the tight switchback and vehicles at times.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Compete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 74.)
The Golden Eagle Restaurant at the Route 2 Mohawk Trail Overlook.
Wigwam Western Summit, just before the top.