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King of the Mountain Cycling

An international guide to paved climbs

U.S.: New Hampshire


Mountain Range

Height (Feet/


Races Tours


Bear Notch
White (NH, USA)

Between Highway 302 and 112, near Bartlett and Kancamagus Pass.

Crawford Notch
White (NH, USA)
Near Crawford Notch State Park, between Fabyan and Barlett.

Dixville Notch
White (NH, USA)
Near Dixville Notch State Park, on Highway 26, between Kidderville and Errol.

Evans Notch
White (NH, USA)

Near North Conway, Gorham, Hurricane Mountain, and Pinkham Notch.

Franconia Notch

Near Old Man of the Mountains, on Highway 3 between Twin Mountain and North Woodstock.

Gonzo Pass

On Highway 188, west of Lincoln between the intersection of Highway 112 and Highway 25.

Hurricane Mountain
White (NH, USA)

On Hurricane Mountain Road; on the north side of North Conway towards Pinkham Notch. Also near Evans Notch.

Kancamagus Pass
White (NH, USA)
On Highway 112 (a.k.a. Kancamagus Highway) between Lincoln and Conway.

Kinsmans Notch
White (NH, USA)

Near Lincoln, Sugar Hill, and Old Man of the Mountain (in Franconia Notch).

Loon Mountain Ski Area

Loon Mountain Ski Area. Off Highway 112, west of Lincoln.

Millers State Park

Charge to enter State Park (approx. $3).
Pack Monadnock Mountain

In Miller State park, southeast of Perterborough, off State Road 101. Also near Temple Mount Ski Area.

Pinkham Notch
White (NH, USA)

Between Glen and Gorham on Highway 16.

The Mount Washington Road is just north of Pinkham Notch.
Temple Mountain

On Route 101, between Peterborough and Milford.

Washington, Mount
White (NH, USA)
Near Gorham.
The annual Mount Washington hill climb is billed as "The Toughest Hillclimb in the Country".

Only open to bicycles during annual race. It is widely considered one of the most difficult climbs in the world due to the steep grade (12% average grade, with stretches up to 22%), powerful winds (winds exceeding 75 mph are common), and cold temperatures (down to 20 degrees F). Also—about 30% of the climb is unpaved (dirt). Some people like to climb Mount Ascutney in Vermont to prepare for Mount Washington because it is exactly half as long and has almost the same grade.
Watatic Mountain

On Highway 119, from the intersection of Highways 31 and 119 to the border of New Hampshire.