Mount Holyoke Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.9
FIETS
1.8 mi
DISTANCE
768 ft
GAINED
8.1 %
AVG. GRADE

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This 1.8 mile bike climb is located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA. The average gradient is 8.1% and there is a total elevation gain of 768 ft, finishing at 920 ft.

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Difficulty: Strenuous
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Apr 18, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 5
Apr 18, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 5
Have ridden this route a few times. Scenery at the top is awesome, able to see Pioneer Valley area. Last time in 2020 after coming down I went back up again to get double pleasure. Challenging is the beginning and at the end with some switchbacks as I used an 11/25. Plan to be back again this year with many more miles under my belt and with either a 11/28 or 12/30 so will see if times improve.
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Cycling Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts - large white building at Holyoke Summit, American flag flying

Cycling Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts

Ride 1.8 miles gaining 768’ at 8.1% average grade.

Photo:  Mass.gov

This is a challenging albeit short bike climb to the peak of Mount Holyoke (935’) in Skinner State Park.  Be sure to warm up for this one as its most difficult quarter mile (12.3%) begins almost immediately.

The road is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

“Mount Holyoke is a short and steep ascent within Skinner State Park that dead ends very close to the top of the mountain.  Through dark woods for the most part, the hill begins over shallow and gradually increasing grade.  As you swing 90 degrees to the left the slope picks up to double digit for a stretch.  It then becomes variable, including a small descent, and the route twisty.  Toward the top are several S bends to negotiate with a bit more stout grade.  A final right hand turn leads to double digit grade and a small parking area and views.  Keep riding beyond, right up to roads end for the full climb.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 82.)