Cycling Monroe Hill Road, Massachusetts
Ride 1.3 miles gaining 737’ at 10.7% average grade.
Though not as steep as its neighbor Kingsley Hill Road, this one will still challenge you, particularly in the middle section with a 13.5% quarter-mile average grade.
Monroe Hill is a peaceful climb along a lightly used road surrounded by forest.
“Not quite as fearsome as nearby Kingsley Hill Road but no day at the park either. Monroe Hill Road is another short and very steep ascent near the scenic Deerfield River in northwestern Massachusetts. It is very interesting around the small dam that you must cross to get to its start (if coming from Monroe Bridge). Its steepest section near the bottom, you bear to the right about halfway up to find decreased grade and the listed climb ends at an unmarked but obvious top. This is also a very scenic climb that flows through thick woods over most of the route. Monroe Hill Road is a fast descent due to grade as well so watch the tight turn at the very bottom of the hill.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 78.)
PJAMM Adventure App shows the gradient and stats at start and finish.
Sherman Reservoir Dam is just before the climb start.
A fun 1-2-3 punch is Whitcomb-Kingsley-Monroe -- 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!