Hover cursor over segment slices (left) for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Mt. Ascutney RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Start(click and drag map; double click to move forward)

 Elevation segments are ~ 1/4 mile each.

Purple to Black segments are 8-17%


Cycling and Climbing Vermont

Mt. Ascutney


  • Distance:                                3.5 miles                     

  • Beginning elevation:            517'

  • Ending elevation:                  2,795'

  • Elevation gained:                 2,250'

  • Average Grade:                   11%

  • Fiets Index:                           8.62
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Hwy 44A (Back Mountain Road) and Mt. Ascutney State Park Rd, 5 miles south of Windsor, VT, 40 miles east of Rutland Regional Airport and 111 miles northeast of Albany International Airport    (43.43782, -72.40574 latitude/longitude).

Ride Description

#55 on the Top 100 list, Mt. Ascutney is an extremely steep, albeit brief, climb to the parking lot at the end of Mt. Ascutney State Park Road. At 11% (the Strava segment is reported at 12%) and 3.5 miles, this is the shortest climb in the first 60 of the Top 100 U.S. Climbs - you get your bang for your climbing buck on this one! The other Top 100 climb within 200 miles of this climb are #3 Mt Washington, NH, #18 Mt. Equinox, VT, #41 Whiteface Mt, NY, and #87 Burke Mt, VT). 

Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.