Glade Hill Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Glade Hill Road

NY, USA

Steeeeeep climb in the Catskills

Page Contributor(s): Ties Arts, Bussum, Netherlands

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Climb Summary


Bicycle climb up Glade Hill - silo , barn, farmhouse, road, forest 

Cycling Glade Hill - a brutal New York State bike climb!

Ride 1.9 miles gaining 1,261’ at 12.4% averager grade.

OH MY!!!!! 12.3% average grade - this is a B R U T E!!!  This is the second highest ranked hill climb in New York and has the steepest grade of any ascent over one mile in length (NYCC Steep Hill web page)..   This is one of the 5 New York top climbs in the Catskill Mountains - the primary climbing zone in New York State.  

Thanks much to PJAMM contributor Ties Arts, Bussum, Netherlands for his contributions to this page.

Riding bike up Glade Hill - cyclist on roadway

Ties Arts:

“We did Glade Hill as the final climb of the day after climbing already 6 steeps climbs in the Catskills mountains. (total tour of that day 129km 2900hm).  That didn’t made it easier. 12,4% for 3km is by design a tough job to be done.  From the first hairpin it was tough and the climb grabs you by the balls!  I had to go to my lowest gear (34x32) and use the postman technique to find a good rhythm climbing up the Glade Hill.  Glade Hill is a beauty of a climb since there are lot of open sections going up. Most steep climbs in the Catskills are 90% in the woods. This one not which makes it more special.  Significant views going up. But again it was hard work championing this wall”

 Here are some more great ride reports for this climb:

 From PJAMM contributor and our NY Connection, Matthew Staller:

Glade Mountain is the second most difficult climb in New York, and the hardest in the Catskills. This challenging ascent travels on frighteningly difficult grades up hillsides so steep that the nearby city of New York condemned large portions of the area to be a part of its massive water supply system.

 

There are no views to speak of (well, there's one, but you'll not want to stop to enjoy it); and it can be impossible to descend (use adjacent Moore Hill Road for that).

 

This is a remarkable little climb. For starters (see Google Streetview map, below) it looks like nothing at the beginning; it never presents a view of itself for very long either. It begins off the side of another climb (Sugarloaf Road)  so it's hard to take seriously as a stand-alone. Ha! Take it seriously or pay the price!!

 

I have ridden it twice, most recently earlier this week (9/1/15). The first time, I went with support, so I didn't have to descend. This time, I went alone; the descent is challenging - I used Moore Hill instead of the treacherous Glade Hill descent and even that is daunting.  Moore Hill is less steep and a bit straighter than Glade Hill.  Glade has little if any vehicle traffic as over its 1.9 miles it services only 3 residences - your own private torture chamber!!

 

 Roberts Websites: (Hudson Valley Steep Roads)

“Tough climb with some pretty scenery along the way, and interesting variety of steepness and curves.  About 1250 vertical feet in 1.9 miles for an average steepness grade around 12.5% -- but there are sustained sections which are steeper. If stop in the middle, can look back to a big view to the southeast. The steepest climb on a paved road over 700 vertical feet that I know of so far in the Hudson Valley south of Albany.

The climb is in Sullivan county, north from the west end of the Rondout Reservoir near Grahamsville. (Could use the nearby Sugar Loaf climb as a warmup for Glade Hill -- also close by are Moore Hill + Denman Mt)[ see Map ]

[not checked by us since 2007]

Directions: From Rt 209 near Ellenville, take Rt 55 going northwest, then turn Right on Rt 55A and go northwest along the north side of the Rondout Reservoir. Turn Right to go northeast on Peekamoose Rd (Ulster county Rt 42), then soon turn left to go north on Sugar Loaf Rd. Soon turn left onto Glade Hill Rd and climb that up to Moore Hill Rd (which has a big climb of its own). (on some older maps it might be called "Furman Rd").

Warning: all roads down from the top of this climb are very steep.”