Whitcomb Hill Rd Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4
FIETS
3 mi
DISTANCE
1,441 ft
GAINED
9.1 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): John Summerson, Winston-Salem, NC, USA (The Complete Guide to Climbing (by bike)

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“Whitcomb Hill Road is a steady and solid grade ascent away from the scenic Deerfield River toward Route 2 in western Massachusetts. Good scenery and a wide and lightly travelled road make for a pleasant ascent as long as the stout (but mostly steady) grade does not deter. There are also a few switchbacks along the way to spice things up. At mile 2.5 turn right on busier Route 2 to finish over more moderate grade at the obvious summit. Due to grade Whitcomb Hill Road is also a quick and somewhat challenging 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. 73.) 

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Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - bike parked in green field surrounded by blue sky and fall foliage

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts

Ride three miles gaining 1,441’ at 9.1% average grade.

This fantastic bike climb is 10 miles from Williamstown, the cycling hub of Massachusetts.  This is the #2 ranked bike climb in Massachusetts.

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - photo collage, Garmin Device reads 18%, two-lane road, rock wall barrier on hillside of road, fall foliage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

No distant views, but a fantastic ride, particularly during fall colors.

“Whitcomb Hill Road is a steady and solid grade ascent away from the scenic Deerfield River toward Route 2 in western Massachusetts.  Good scenery and a wide and lightly travelled road make for a pleasant ascent as long as the stout (but mostly teady) grade does not deter.  There are also a few switchbacks along the way to spice things up.  At mile 2.5 turn right on busier Route 2 to finish over more moderate grade at the obvious summit.  Due to grade Whitcomb Hill Road is also a quick and somewhat challenging 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. 75.)

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - bike parked on old wooden and iron bridge surrounded by fall foliage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Explore tunnel road and the bridge over the Deerfield River adjacent to the climb start.

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - PJAMM Adventure App shows climb grade and profile

PJAMM Adventure App showing stats at beginning and end of the climb.

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - climb start, intersection of Whitcomb Hill Road and River Road, PJAMM Cycling logo

The climb begins by riding northwest up Whitcomb Hill Road from its T intersection with River Road. 

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - bike parked against tall pile of milled wood with painted ends

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - halloween decor on roadside

Yep, you’ll feel that way . . .

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - bike parked against stop sign at turn from Mohawk Trial/Route 2

Turn right onto Mohawk Trail/Route 2 at mile 2.5.

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - road signs for Massachusetts Scenic Byway, West 2

We are on Route 2 for a half-mile at 6% to the summit. 

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - stag monument and placards and informational sign just before climb's summit

Viewpoint and monument/placards just before the summit.

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - bike parked against informational signs for Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Cycling Whitcomb Hill Road, Massachusetts - PJAMM Cyclist stands with bike next to sign for Whitcomb Summit

Climb’s Summit

A fun 1-2-3 punch is Whitcomb-Kingsley-Monroe Hill - three Massachusetts Top 10 bike climbs with miles of each other. Whitcomb Hill Road is six miles from Kingsley, and Monroe Hill Road is less than a mile away.

That’s a wrap!