The 10 hardest bike climbs in Vermont

#1
Mt. Equinox
USA, VT
#2
Mount Mansfield (Race to Top of Vermont)
USA, VT
#3
Mt. Ascutney
USA, VT
#4
Burke Mountain
USA, VT
#5
Okemo
USA, VT
#6
Bolton Valley Road
USA, VT
#7
Lincoln Gap West
USA, VT
#8
Appalachian Gap East
USA, VT
#9
Roxbury Gap East
USA, VT
#10
Appalachian Gap West
USA, VT

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Cycling Vermont's 10 most difficult bike climbs

Cycling Vermont - photo collage, Ben & Jerry's, Vermont Seal, Vermont maple syrup, Vermont capitol building, PJAMM Cycling logo

Cycling Vermont -- lush surroundings and very steep short climbs.

Vermont is one of the best places to climb by bike of any US state.  Vermont has some extremely steep climbs and the ascents during fall colors are extraordinary.  Vermont also has the second highest concentration of Top 100 US Bike Climbs:

THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN VERMONT

MT. EQUINOX

sign reads "no bikes, skateboards, or longboards", sign for monastery overlook, aerial view of climb, PJAMM Cycling logo

Ride 5.3 miles gaining 3,150’ at 11.3% average grade.

Gate open to cyclists once per year.

Mt Equinox is  a private road, open to cyclists only once each year during theMount Equinox Uphill Bike Climb  (2018 page) held in early August, and you are not permitted to ride your bike back down the hill after the race.  Views from the top of Mt Equinox are exceptional and unobstructed as it is the highest peak in the area.

VERMONT #2

MOUNT MANSFIELD

view from above looking down over town nestled within hillsides brightly colored in fall foliage

Ride 4.2 miles gaining 2,510’ at 11.5% average grade.

Like Equinox, only open for a race once per year.

Mt. Mansfield is the highest point in Vermont (4,395’) and is located in the Green Mountains subrange of the Appalachian Mountains.  The road is fully within Mount Mansfield State Forest (44,444 acres established 2002).

fall foliage, ski lift, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Mount Mansfield is nearly all gravel but manageable on a road bike.

VERMONT #3

MT. ASCUTNEY

Garmin device showing 21% grade, sign for Mt. Ascutney state park entrance, densely forested one-lane roadway

Ride 3.5 miles gaining 2,236’ at 12.2% average grade.

Cycling Mt. Ascutney, Vermont - fall foliage on lower half of the climb

Exceptional scenery during fall colors.

VERMONT #4

BURKE MOUNTAIN

sign for Burke Mountain, old home next to sign for Toll Road, aerial view from climb, Garmin device reading 22% grade, ski lift

Ride 3.3 miles gaining 2,117’ at 12.3% average grade.

There are seven Top 100 U.S. Climbs that average 10%+, and Burke Mt. at 12.7% outdistances its nearest competitor (#3 Mt. Washington) by 0.8%.  In other words, this is The Steepest Top 100 U.S. Climb!  

VERMONT #5

OKEMO

Ludlow Overlook, sign for Okemo Mountain Ski Resort, PJAMM cyclist with bike next to sign reading "Authorized Vehicles only"

Ride four miles gaining 2,125’ at 10.2% average grade.

We ride through the runs of Okemo Mountain Resort much of the climb.  Okemo is a top rated ski mountain, ranking #1 in Vermont according to some reports (e.g. #1 of 12 in Planetware.com report).  This climb is named after the mountain it climbs.  Okemo is in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and has the largest vertical drop (3,344’ at the top to 1,144’ at the base = 2,200’ drop [or climb 😟]).  The word Okemo means “chieftain” in Chippewa.

Cycling Okemo, Vermont - views along the middle portion of the climb, including a 20% Garmin read and great viewpoints to see fall foliage