Monroe Hill Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

2.4
FIETS
1.3 mi
DISTANCE
737 ft
GAINED
10.7 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): John Summerson, The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike), 2nd Edition

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2021 Tour de France

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“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.)

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Cycling Monroe Hill Road, Massachusetts - bike parked against power pole on side of two-lane road surrounded by dense forestation

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.

Cycling Monroe Hill Road, Massachusetts  - photo collage, bike parked against guardrail on fall foliage lined road, Garmin device reads 18%, bike parked in front of sign reading "Yankee", aerial view shows hillsides covered in dense fall foliage, bike parked in center of two-lane road, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

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.)

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

PJAMM Adventure App shows the gradient and stats at start and finish.

Cycling Monroe Hill Road, Massachusetts  - Sherman Reservoir Dam, two-lane road leading up to dam, sign at dam,  bike parked on dam bridge, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Sherman Reservoir Dam is just before the climb start. 

Cycling Monroe Hill Road, Massachusetts  - bike parked next to sign reading "Truck Estate Ramp"

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.

Climb’s Finish.

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