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Mt. Ascutney

Ride/Trail Length:  3.7 miles
Surface: Paved
GPX file link:  https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B2QuQK7UVZrnVnRaNHI3VVVjakUWP_000844

Mt. Ascutney State Park is located in the southeastern Vermont town of Windsor and in southwest New Hampshire.  The park season runs from May 20-October 16.  The Mt. Ascutney Parkway is a 3.7 mile paved toll road.  The peak is at an elevation of 3144 feet.  There are scenic pullouts along the auto toll road for picture taking.  WP_000846

The park has an extensive hiking trail system, campgrounds, an observation tower and hang gliding launch sites.

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There are at least 2 weekends a year that the auto toll road is closed to the public.  One of the weekends in September is reserved by MaxBMW for the Ascutney Hill Climb Time Trials. http://climbascutney.com/   The time trials (open to motorcycles and autos) travel up a 2300 elevation climb on the 3.7 miles of twisting paved road. Be sure to check the park’s website for current information on closures. 

 

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Resources:

Mt. Ascutney State Park Recreational Guide, Agency of Natural Resources Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/ascutney.htm

Mt Ascutney State Park website: http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/ascutney.ht

Link to MaxBMW’s information on Ascutney Hill Climb Time Trials http://climbascutney.com/

Mount Greylock State Reservation

Ride/Trail Length:  17.4 miles 

Ride Time:   35 minutes
Surface: Paved
Minimum Elevation: 766 feet
Maximum Elevation: 3197 feet
Total climb: 2619 feet
Total descent: 2187 feet
GPX file link: Mt Greylock.gpx

Great views

Great views

Mount Greylock State Reservation is located in the northwest corner of Massachus

etts.  The Summit of Greylock is closest to the town of Adams, MA. The auto roads are open from May 14 to November 1 and lead to Mount Greylock-the highest peak in Massachusetts at 3,491 feet.

 Geologically it is a part of the Taconic Mountains, but most people associate it with the Berkshire Hills due to the view from the Summit of the Berkshires.  On a clear day you can see 60-90 miles and into 5 states. Mount Greylock is used extensively for its network of hiking trails including the 11.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Veterans War Memorial Tower

At the Summit is the Veterans War Memorial Tower* which was constructed from 1931-32.  Originally intended to honor the fallen soldiers of World War I, it is now considered a tribute to all the men and women of Massachusetts that served their state or country. 

*Closed till 2017 for renovation

 

 

The roads to the summit are paved and generally in great shape.  The are several blind hairpins that you must use caution on especially during busy times.  You never know when that eight passenger SUV is going to be coming round right in the middle. The roads on the back side headed towards North Adams are far less busy but just as much fun.  Watch out for wet leaves and pine needles.  We have had a few wiggles on them.  

Resources:

Information

Mt. Greylock State Reservation http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-est/mt-greylock-state-reservation-generic.html
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Greylock
Detailed Maps:  DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Massachusetts; Fourth Edition 2009 pg. 20 -21

Places to Eat

The Wandering Moose Cafe: http://www.thewanderingmoosecafe.com/

Places to Stay

Hampton Inn Bennington, VT
Hampton Inn Pittsfeild, MA