Page Contributor(s): Dan Razum, San Jose, CA; Pete Salomone, CT
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Cycling Canaan Mountain Road
Ride 1.9 miles gaining 694’ at 7.1% average grade.
Located in rural and wooded northwestern Connecticut, Canaan Mountain Road is the sixth hardest climb in the state.
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.
Climb begins at the intersection of Under Mountain and Canaan Mountain Roads.
This is a nice climb through a thick forest in a rural area. There is not a lot of traffic on the road and while there aren't any scenic views the woods and nature do make for pretty scenery.
There weren't any markings on the road when we climbed, for either the centerline or the shoulders so technically there were no shoulders. However, the road is fairly wide and the few cars we encountered had plenty of space to pass so we had no concerns with safety.
Near the top we pass a creamery, together with a horse stable. Unfortunately, the creamery doesn't sell ice cream :( It does sell milk and cream and some preserved foods but nothing really appropriate for a cyclist, unfortunately.
After the creamery there is a straight section where the road starts to flatten out and we then come to the top, which is unmarked. Shortly past the top the road makes a sharp right turn onto Wangum Road and you can continue riding along rolling terrain for a couple of miles.
Top of the climb.
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