- Distance: 115.8 miles divived into two loops forming a figure eight
- Total Climbs: 8 totaling with 12,800 feet of climbing
- Saddle Time: Roughly 7 to 9 hours depending on conditioning
Get a feel for this climb.
For an incredibly beautiful and challenging ride visit Jay Peak and climb to your heart’s content while enjoying the amazing views of Jay State Forest. Enjoy the highest peaks of North Jay and Big Jay, which will bring you to 2,300 feet above sea level.
Another feature that should draw you here for an adventure is the opportunity to ride right beside a foreign country. At times you just may find yourself less than a mile from the border of Canada.
In the Jay Peak area you’ll find more dirt roads than paved roads. Bring along a mountain bike so that you can experience the best of Vermont and reach all of the valleys and peaks easily with wider tires that travel better on the uneven surfaces.
Here you’ll find some of the best New England biking trails that seasoned mountain bikers will find challenging, while beginners can find their own smaller challenges in this area.
You’ll find amazing views in this mountain paradise with a lot of green pastures below. When you’re standing on the mountain and looking at the scenery it will feel like time is standing still in a place that you can call your own.
This is one of New England’s best notches, featuring narrow paths and 2,000 foot cliffs to your right and to your left. You’ll gain 1,735 feet on this ride that starts from Jeffersonville and heads to the peak with a gentle ascent.
There is only 1 grade at 10% that only lasts for about half a mile. When you make your way down to Stowe you’ll be facing a 12% grade, which will offer all the excitement you’d need as a final reward for making it to the top. You won’t have to pedal often during the descent and you’ll find it relaxing and cooling experience. Once you’re back down in the town be sure to take some time to explore the shops and spas.
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Jay Peak North
When you’re starting out on Route 105 the first thing you will notice is the cracked roads that offer their own challenges. It’s easy enough to avoid these cracks though since the traffic isn’t too heavy and the grade isn’t too steep.
It is this part of the journey that will bring you right next door to Canada. You’ll find that this is a consistent climb with an average 6.5% grade. The duration of the route is approximately 8 km and is a great way to build up your endurance.
For cyclists that are used to long-distance rides they may find that they can remain in the saddle for the duration of the cycling route while others that need more endurance training may have to stand up for part of the ride. You’ll be able to test your stamina with this bike ride and it’s perfect for anyone that wants to train for a tougher route in the upcoming future.
Hazen’s Notch runs for 11 miles with a gain of 1,287 feet. It’s recommended that you bring along tires that can handle a long gravel road because this is a Vermont state highway that still hasn’t been paved.
You shouldn’t miss it though since there is hardly any traffic traveling on the road and the gravel is in good condition. As you are traveling to the top you’ll see incredible views of the notch. At a 1,938 elevation climb peak you’ll be able to enjoy the spectacular view of Haystack Mountain on the south side and Sugarloaf Mountain on the north side.
On the ride down watch out for washboard bumps at the beginning; then you can increase your speed as you make your way down the road at a fast speed. As you get closer to Montgomery Center you’ll be riding on pavement and building up even more speed as you experience the final thrill that signals the end of the ride.
There are a variety of other roads to explore in the area as well. If you love traveling through covered bridges make sure you mark down Fuller Bridge Road on your map and make your way across the bridge. There are also other bridges that are covered on this route and it has become a very popular ride for cyclists looking for something different.
The Jay Peak climbs are not as difficult as the ones found on the Six Gaps climb but you’ll still find yourself depleted after the journey. It’s a good type of depletion though, knowing that you have conquered the mountain and have done it all in the middle of the majestic beauty that can only be found in New England.