The White Mountains in New Hampshire during fall colors is an excellent area to climb by bike. The White Mountain bike climbs can be viewed via the map below (zoom in to view climbs in particular areas), by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb. We feel this page provides a good summary of the best bicycling and biking climbs in the White Mountains.
Cycling New England’s White Mountain National Forest
The White Mountains are a world renowned destination to view the beautiful fall colors of New England. Our favorite White Mountain Fall Colors bike climb was Hurricane Mountain Road. The hardest White Mountain bike climb by far is Mt. Washington Auto Road. However, cyclists are only permitted to ride a bike up Mt. Washington twice per year, during the summer, not the fall -- thus, no fall color bike riding on Mt. Washington.
From White Mountains National Forest Home Page:
“The White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine ranges from mountainous hardwood forests to majestic alpine peaks. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain lakes and streams, wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities year round,” (read more here).
White Mountains Visitor Center, Lincoln, New Hampshire
We stayed in and loved the quaint and charming resort town of Lincoln during our three days documenting bike climbs in the area. The Route 118 and Kancamagus Highway climbs are accessed from Lincoln, and Hurricane Mountain is only 45 miles from Lincoln (we drove to Hurricane Mountain for the rides in that area).
Bottom right photo from Mt. Washington.
Kancamagus Highway is often sited as the #1 venue for fall colors in the White Mountains.