Bike New England

Cycling routes in the American northeast, eastern Canada and beyond

North Berkshire cycling tour

Based at the Maple Terrace Motel in Williamstown, Massachusetts.Rides are 35-50 miles with terrain varying from the flat Ashuwillticook Rail Trail to the challenging climb over Mount Greylock.  Google Map for Maple Terrace Motel.


Brodie Mountain / Jiminy Peak Loop with Petersburg Pass extra 7.5 mile option.

Brodie Mountain cycling loopThis ride takes Rt. 7 south to New Ashford, and then climbs around Brodie Mountain, with a nice downhill section to Jiminy Peak ski area. The return is uphill for a couple of miles, and then generally downhill all the way back in to Williamstown. 1900 ft. of climb over 29 miles, with the option of an extra 7.5 mile loop up to Petersburg Pass on Rt. 2 and back down for an extra 1200 ft. of climb. View regular loop at RideWithGPS View loop with Petersburg Pass climb

Brodie / Jiminy Peak cue sheet Route map GPX file TCX file

Bennington, VT

Bennington, Vermont: 41.9 mi., 2645 total elevation (Average climb/descent for ride is 2.4%) Begins with 5 mile easy climb We take a very scenic ride to Bennington , Vermont , with a climb along wide-shouldered Rt. 7, and a beautiful ride on Barber Pond Rd. to Bennington (I recommend stopping here for an early lunch at All Days and Onions). We love to check out the Bennington Fish Hatchery and the old car museum . You’ll ride through 3 covered bridges followed by a scenic return through pastoral Hoosic , NY and Pownal VT to Williamstown. 41 miles, intermediate, with rolling hills and long gentle ascents. View at RideWithGPS

Bennington cue sheet Route map GPX file TCX file

Short Version: Pownal Loop

Pownal loop from Williamstown MA Pownal (Short Version of Bennington Ride):1 9.4 miles, 1,366 ft total elevation (Average climb/descent for ride is 2.8%). Begins with 5 mile easy climb The Short Version of this ride takes us to North Pownal. VT. After a fantastic downhill section, you have the option for an extra 10 miles with a climb over the Petersburg Pass, or take the easier route back to Williamstown. View at RideWithGPS ,

Pownal cue sheet Route map GPX file TCX file

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and around Mount Greylock

Around Mount Greylock: 40 mi., 1820 ft. total elevation, mixture of flat and some long climbs. View at RideWithGPS This 40 mile ride takes back-roads through rural Hancock with a few short steep climbs, and then descends to Lanesborough, MA. At this point you have the choice of either riding over or around the mountain. Around the mountain continues on the wonderful Ashuwillticook Rail Trail through Cheshire to Adams (the only flat section of ride on this tour). “Over the Mountain is a 10 mile climb at an average of 6% grade to the summit, with an even steeper descent. Remote Start option: Drive to Adams and park at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Visitors Center for a 24 mile out and back perfectly flat ride. View at RideWithGPS

Around Greylock cue Route map GPX file TCX file

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and over Mount Greylock 45 mile ride starts out clockwise through North Adams and continues south on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. In Lanesboro it breaks away from the ride around the mountain and goes to the summit, with a thrilling descent on Notch Rd. View at RideWithGPS . A shorter counter-clockwise ascent of Mount Greylock is shown below.

Over / Around Greylock cue Greylock map GPX file TCX file

Counter-clockwise version of Mount Greylock Climb

Over Mount Greylock: Distance: 36.9 mi., 3591 ft elevation. (Average climb/descent for ride is 3.7%). Average grade for 10 mile Greylock climb is 6%; with sections that have 10% grade or steeper. Worth the climb! View at RideWithGPS We head south from Williamstown on wide-shouldered Rt. 7 toward Mount Greylock (elevation 3491′) . This is the best climb in Massachusetts and the road to the summit was totally rebuilt a couple of years ago. The 10 mile climb from Lanesborough to the summit averages 6% grade, with some sections considerably steeper. The steeper 6 mile descent on the other side to North Adams is awesome, but be prepared for very steep descents and sharp hairpin turns. 16 mile remote start option: Drive to the Mount Greylock Visitors Center and ride 8 miles up then 8 miles back down the same way.

Greylock counter cue Greylock counter map GPX file TCX file

Natural Bridge, 19 and 25 mile options

Williamstown-Natural Bridge loop. Distance: 25.1 mi. , 1840 ft. total elevation. View at RideWithGPS Flatter options and short route to Natural Bridge and back is 19 miles.

Natural Bridge cue sheet Route map GPX file TCX file

Deerfield River Ride, 48 miles with Natural Bridge on return

From Williamstown ride through North Adams and head up the Mohawk Trail (Rt. 2), winding through the “Hairpin Turn” until you reach a fantastic view of the valley below at Whitcomb Summit. A couple of miles later begin a very steep and rapid descent to the Deerfield River Valley and head up through the Green Mountains of Vermont along the river rapids. Reaching rural Readsboro, Vermont, turn south with a 10 mile gradual descent back to Massachusetts. Stop by Natural Bridge in North Adams before taking the back road to Williamstown. 4855 ft. of climb in 48 miles. View at RideWithGPS

Deerfield River cue sheet Route map GPX file TCX file

Pownal and Petersburg Pass Loop ride starts out similarly to the ride to Bennington, but turns left in North Pownal for an exhilarating, winding downhill ride to Pownal Center. It continues through rural countryside in the shadows of the Taconic Mountains to Petersburg NY. A steady climb takes you to the top of Petersburg Pass, and a 4 mile descent to Williamstown. 2900 ft. of climb over 33 miles. View at RideWithGPS

Pownal – Petersburg cue sheet Route map GPX file TCX file

While in Williamstown visit the Clark Art Museum and the Williams College Museum of Art. Mass MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) has massive exhibits, and a performance on Friday evenings.

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This entry was posted on March 3, 2015 by in Berkshires, Cycling, Massachusetts.

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