Sam's Point Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.6
FIETS
5.2 mi
DISTANCE
1,835 ft
GAINED
6.6 %
AVG. GRADE

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This is an little used route out of Ellenville in southeastern New York that shares its first 1.7 miles with Mt. Meenagha Road, another NY State Top 10. The roadway is minimally travelled and the climb is very quiet. We are surrounded by forest the entire ride, so there are no distant views along the way.
Average grade 6.6% (7.2% climb only).  57% of the climb is at 5-10% grade and 18% is at 10-15%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 11.1%. 

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Roadway:  The first 4/10ths of the climb are on Highway 52 which is in good condition with a shoulder up to the turn off onto Mt. Meenagah Road, which is in fair condition with no center stripe or shoulder.  At mile 1.7 we stay right to ride the final three miles up to Sam's Point (first on S. Gully Road and then turning left onto Sam's Point Road at mile 4.1).  The final three miles is on pavement that is in fair condition. 

Traffic:  Moderate for the first segment on Highway 52 and minimal after turning off the highway.

Parking:  We parked on the side of Broadhead Street just past the climb start (Map; Street View). 
Provisions: There are no places to get food or water on the ride, but there are plenty of spots in Ellenville where the climb begins. 
The first 1.5 miles of this climb overlaps Mount Meenagah Road

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Cycling Sam’s Point, New York

This is an little used route out of Ellenville in southeastern New York that shares its first 1.7 miles with Mt. Meenagha Road, another NY State Top 10.  The roadway is minimally travelled and the climb very quiet.  We are surrounded by forest the entire ride, so there are no distant views along the way.

This climb is entirely within the Minnewaska State Park Preserve (est. 1993; 22,275 acres).

The Sam's Point Preserve, located on the highest section of the Shawangunk Mountains, is the most southerly section of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The area comprises approximately 5,000 acres, and contains a globally rare community of high altitude pitch pine barrens. The pitch pine barrens, and the matrix of chestnut oak forest that surrounds them, provide habitat for abundant flora and fauna, both rare and common.  See, Sam's Point, New York Parks Website