Devils Kitchen Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Devils Kitchen

NY, USA

It's not called the Devil's Kitchen for nothing!

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

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Climb Summary


Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - sign reads "Seasonal Limited Use Highway No Maintenance Nov 15 - Apr 15"

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).

Cycling Devil's Kitchen, Platte Clove Road, New York - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, cyclists riding on wet, one-lane narrow country roadway surrounded by dense greenery and fog, road sign for Becker Road, road sign reading "Limited Use Highway No Maintenance November 15 - April 15"

This climb is short but brutal throughout,  

with a quarter-mile at 15% and a half-mile at 13.5%.

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - beginning of climb at Becker Road

Climb start

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - bike parked in heavy foliage along roadside with steep grade

Extremely steep grade.

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - PJAMM adventure app showing climb grade and profile

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.

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - views within the 208 acre Platte Clove Preserve

“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).

Cycling Devil's Kitchen, Platte Clove Road, New York - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, blue black for Catskill Center Overlook Trail, Platte Clove Road sign with waterfall behind it, red cabin building in forested land, fall foliage with sign for "Waterfall Trail"

Photos are from Catskill Center.

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - photo collage, bike parked at various viewpoints along climb, fall foliage, one-lane road, cyclist standing on narrow stone retaining wall along edge of road, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

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.

Cycling Devil's Kitchen, Platte Clove Road, New York - cyclist climbing up steep, wet, one-lane roadway surrounded by craggy rock wall on the side, mist and wet greenery


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.

Cycling Devil's Kitchen, Platte Clove Road, New York - cyclist riding on wet, one-lane roadway surrounded by tall green trees

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.  

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - photo collage, bike parked in front of gate surrounded by fall foliage, bike parked at informational signs at climb's finish, fall foliage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Climb’s Finish.

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - cyclist climbing down hillside to retrieve lost drone

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.  

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - red van parked in single pull-out spot on roadside

First place to park is 0.6 miles from up from the start.

Devil's Kitchen - Platte Clove Road - cyclists in PJAMM Cycling gear standing with bikes along roadside surrounded by fall colors

That’s a wrap!