Cycling Hurricane Mountain Road West, New Hampshire
Ride 1.8 miles gaining 983’ at 10.2% average grade.
This is the shorter side and “easier route” (ha, ha) to the top of Hurricane Mountain Road. The approach from the east is New Hampshire’s second hardest bike climb (after Mt. Washington), but the western ascent is no slouch, coming in at New Hampshire’s #4 toughest bike climb.
The steepest quarter mile is 15.6% and steepest half mile is 14.2%.
“The west side of Hurricane Mountain Road near North Conway is a famous area climb, even steeper than its east side but just a bit shorter and also along a dark and narrow route. Although it has somewhat similar statistics this side seems to have a more ominous look and feel as you ride it. A variable grade will wear you down and the maximum is near the top just before a steep right hand turn. From this point the listed top is close and it is unmarked but obvious as the grade decreases dramatically. Due to its steep grade and narrow guage it is also a difficult descent.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 95.)
Start -- the road pitches up immediately to double digits.
Roadway surface is excellent and there is minimal traffic on this climb.
This is an extraordinary climb during the fall.
Conway and Bartlett are nearby towns.
Finish of the eastern and western approaches.
Hurricane Mountain is located in New Hampshire’s amazing White Mountains. Visit our White Mountains Fall Colors Climb Page for more information on this area.
That’s a wrap!