This page provides a summary for cycling and climbing by bike of the top climbs in New York including Whiteface Mountain, Glade Hill Road, Meads Mountain Road, Devils Kitchen , Sugarloaf Road and more. These climbs can be viewed via the map below (scroll 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.
We travelled to the northeast US in August 2015 to document the top climbs in that corner of the country.
#1 NEW YORK/#42 US
New York is home to only one of the Top US 100 Bike Climbs, but that one climb is extraordinary. As of 2015 Whiteface Mountain was the smoothest roadway for an entire climb we had ever encountered. Additionally, the views along the way, including Lake Placid, are extremely scenic. The castle at the end is the cherry on top of this fantastic road bike climb.
Beware -- this is a toll road.
The top is Spanish Pyrenees-esque, complete with a castle!
Photo: Green Racing Project
THE MOST POPULAR BIKE CLIMB IN NEW YORK
Bear Mountain Bridge, as seen from Perkins Memorial Drive mountain summit.
Cycling Bear Mountain: 4.5 miles, 1,230’ at 5.2%
The centerpiece of the wildly popular Gran Fondo New York, from what we can see on Strava and the traffic to our website over the past 5 years, Bear Mountain, while not the most challenging, is certainly the most popular road bike climb in New York.