Cycling Devil’s Kitchen
Ride 1.9 miles gaining 1,084’ at 10.6% average grade.
The Platte Clove Climb ends 0.6 miles past the Devil’s Kitchen finish (they overlap 1.9 miles).
This climb is short but brutal throughout,
with a quarter-mile at 15% and a half-mile at 13.5%.
Extremely steep grade.
PJAMM Adventure App
Rarely do you see a profile as cruel as this (purple = 20%)
Another great climb in the Catskills, Devil’s Kitchen is the name of the area where this great bike climb ends. The name Devil’s Kitchen is said to originate from a grouping of boulders at the bottom of the gorge near the site, that are said to be the kitchenware of the devil. This area is also considered by many who camp there to be eerie at night and is included in Sean Mosley’s book of Haunted Places in New York. Hiking and ice climbing are also popular activities in the 208 acre Platte Clove Preserve that we ride through on this ascent.
“Located in the northeastern Catskills, the Catskill Center's Platte Clove Preserve comprises 208 acres with beautiful waterfalls and trails at the head of the rugged and scenic Platte Clove in the Town of Hunter, Greene County. The preserve remains a pristine wilderness area open for the quiet enjoyment of our members and the public. Each year at the preserve's small red cabin we host several artists during the summer season for our Artist in Residence program,” (Platte Clove Preserve).
Photos are from Catskill Center.
Climb Summary by Ties Arts of Bussum, Netherlands from his 2016 US Climb Trip:
This was our first climb of the day. We knew the reputation of steepness and toughness.
This climb, with a 10.9% average gradient, requires a ‘can do” mentality. Hard work with sections of 13-20% will certainly challenge you to find your rhythm. There is only one real hairpin on the route, so it is steep going straight through the woods going up and up and up.
The entire climb is through the woods, though a short section is open and shows how unique and magnificent the Catskill mountains are.
The reputation of Devil’s Kitchen is fair, and definitely a must-ride if you are going to the Catskills mountains.
There is no parking at the start of the climb and very limited parking along the climb route. There is a place to park at the top which requires you drive up, ride down then ride back up. Just a heads up.
A tree came out of nowhere and took out our drone . . .
PJAMM SAR drone recovery . . .
Parking: There are next to no parking spots on this 1.9 mile climb. You can park at the top (end) of the climb or a precious few single to double spaces along the way.
First place to park is 0.6 miles from up from the start.
That’s a wrap!