Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > > >

Northeast Connecticut | District of Columbia | Delaware | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | Vermont | West Virginia

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-20-13, 05:15 PM   #1
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mt Greylock - When?

I've got several free weekends between here and Thanksgiving, and I kind of hatched this idea during my lunch break today of maybe doing a north-to-south and back again double ascent of Mt. Greylock. If the first ascent is too much, I just loop around the mountain back to the start.

So, my question is should I wait until they close the road to cars? On the one hand, it would be nice to not have to worry about vehicles, but on the other hand, I'm not sure what type of weather I might be facing in early to mid-November.

Does anyone have any thoughts/opinions?

Thanks in advance.
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-13, 06:03 AM   #2
Jay H
One less car
 
Jay H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Berkshires, MA
Bikes: '08 Soma Groove (commuter/long distance tourer), '97 Lemond Zurich (road commuter/tourer),'01 Seven Axiom Ti, '03 Look KG381i, '01 Santa Cruz Superlite X
Posts: 981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Last winter he had a huge snowstorm around Halloween... so you can obviously get snow early to mid november... I've biked up greylock both with cars and without cars. if you just get there early, it's not bad and in general, even with cars, it's not NYC... However, it is nice when the gates are closed... If you can go mid october, it would probably be better if you are trying to avoid snow/ice...

Jay
Jay H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-13, 09:48 AM   #3
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks Jay. I plan on driving up from Southern RI the night before. I see you're relativelyclose to the area...do you have any recommendations for lodging?
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-13, 09:58 AM   #4
otg 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: S.E CT.
Bikes: I've lost my mind!
Posts: 1,420
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Chief Brody, I made this climb in June and we drove up in the morning and had plenty of time to get the climb and a 40 mile ride in, Got back to the car around 6 PM, found a nice brewpub in town for supper and drove back to SE CT, right near the RI border. It was a fairly long day, but doable. The road was open, very little car traffic. Watch out on the descent, the Appachalian Trail crosses the road in several spots and there are grooves cut into the pavement on either side of the crossings. They can catch you off guard if you don't see them in time. Have fun!
otg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-13, 05:19 PM   #5
Jay H
One less car
 
Jay H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Berkshires, MA
Bikes: '08 Soma Groove (commuter/long distance tourer), '97 Lemond Zurich (road commuter/tourer),'01 Seven Axiom Ti, '03 Look KG381i, '01 Santa Cruz Superlite X
Posts: 981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by otg View Post
Chief Brody, I made this climb in June and we drove up in the morning and had plenty of time to get the climb and a 40 mile ride in, Got back to the car around 6 PM, found a nice brewpub in town for supper and drove back to SE CT, right near the RI border. It was a fairly long day, but doable. The road was open, very little car traffic. Watch out on the descent, the Appachalian Trail crosses the road in several spots and there are grooves cut into the pavement on either side of the crossings. They can catch you off guard if you don't see them in time. Have fun!

How long ago was this? There used to be a brewpub right in Pittsfield but it is now Baba Louies, a very good sourdough pizza place...

there is a good brewpub down in great barrington: http://www.barringtonbrewery.net/ as well as a good ice cream place (soco creamery) that has stores in Lenox and Williamstown that scoop it.

Good call on the grooves, many of them are marked but there is one on the north side that is right at the bottom of a curve (going downhill) that could be potentially dangerous at the worst to annoying at the least...

I don't recall of the southern approach has them but the % grade is a lot worse on the north than the south.

Jay
Jay H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-13, 05:19 PM   #6
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
otg - how long was your drive? Mine would be a approaching 3.5 hours. I could swing it, but I'm not sure I'd want to.
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-13, 05:20 PM   #7
Jay H
One less car
 
Jay H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Berkshires, MA
Bikes: '08 Soma Groove (commuter/long distance tourer), '97 Lemond Zurich (road commuter/tourer),'01 Seven Axiom Ti, '03 Look KG381i, '01 Santa Cruz Superlite X
Posts: 981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chief Brody View Post
Thanks Jay. I plan on driving up from Southern RI the night before. I see you're relativelyclose to the area...do you have any recommendations for lodging?
What is your timeframe? on a weekend? You can probably either camp in my yard or bring an air mattress (so long as you aren't allergic to cats).. I live in Pittsfield now, I probably haven't updated my profile in like forever..

Jay
Jay H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-13, 05:55 PM   #8
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jay - Thanks for the offer. I'd take you up on it, but my wife and son are going to tag along and I'm sure they are looking for something more. If this turns into a solo mission, I'll be sure to hit you up.

Thanks again...
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-13, 01:36 AM   #9
otg 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: S.E CT.
Bikes: I've lost my mind!
Posts: 1,420
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
This was in June of this year, The pub was near downtown North Adams, near some railroad tracks. I don't remember the name, bt we had a nice cheeseburger and some good IPA.
otg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-13, 01:43 AM   #10
otg 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: S.E CT.
Bikes: I've lost my mind!
Posts: 1,420
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chief Brody View Post
otg - how long was your drive? Mine would be a approaching 3.5 hours. I could swing it, but I'm not sure I'd want to.
Probaby about the same, I live in CT, but just over the line from Exeter. We drove to Hartford, then north on 91 through Springfield, then we headed west out to western Mass. I was with my son (33) so no family travel issues. If I was with my wife, I probably would stay for a night and make a relaxing weekend out of it.
otg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-13, 05:15 AM   #11
Jay H
One less car
 
Jay H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Berkshires, MA
Bikes: '08 Soma Groove (commuter/long distance tourer), '97 Lemond Zurich (road commuter/tourer),'01 Seven Axiom Ti, '03 Look KG381i, '01 Santa Cruz Superlite X
Posts: 981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
North Adams has some cool places to eat, but do they actually brew their own beer?

Chief Brody, there are a few hotels in Lanesborough, though I've never stayed there (why would I? :-)) that are close to the southern approach to Greylock. The Weathervane Motel comes to mind, as it's just north of Pontoosuc Lake and a few flat miles from the southern road, enough to somewhat warm up to it.

Williamstown has some fancy and nice B&Bs and hotels but they might be very pricey, being close to Williams College. North Adams or Adams is a better bet for cheaper lodging... you could probably even just ride to greylock from either location as opposed to driving to the north gate parking lot.

Jay
Jay H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-13, 06:29 AM   #12
Salmosebago
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Maine
Bikes: Aegis Aro Svelte, Scott R1, Scott Spark
Posts: 150
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I rode it a couple years ago when the road was closed to traffic. It flurried a bit at the top that day but, by the time I started down, the sun had come out. It was cool, crisp, and the ride down knowing NO cars were on the road was a BLAST! If I make the trip over again I will definitely do it when the road is closed.
__________________
[B]HELP me help Dana Farber beat cancer! http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0114
Salmosebago is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-13, 04:33 PM   #13
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Finally firmed up my plans...heading up October 25th. I will be staying about 15 miles from the start of the ride up Notch Road. I haven't decided yet if I'll ride to the road or take the car. I will attempt the double on Saturday and maybe do a 40 or 50 mile loop on Sunday.

Anyone have a nice loop in the area about that length?
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-13, 04:47 PM   #14
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I climbed Mt. Greylock on Saturday...in a word, epic. I opted to ride from the campground, which turned it into a metric century. By far, the hardest ride I have ever done. 63 miles, over 23 miles of climbing and 6200 feet of elevation...not to mention the weather. 32 degrees with the slightest amount of snow at the summit. I was completely cracked at the end. The ride ended with a 7 or 8 mile decent back into the campground that just killed me. I had cramps in muscles that I didn't even know existed.

I writing a story now which I hope to get into my club's publication...either way, I will post it here as well.
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-13, 05:54 PM   #15
zacster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Brooklyn NY
Bikes:
Posts: 4,966
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I'm going to be up there over Thanksgiving weekend and I was thinking of doing it. The weather can be pretty iffy I'm sure. This would be my final climbing test for Mt Haleakala in Maui, 10,000' over 35 miles, all climbing.
zacster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-13, 07:04 PM   #16
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you're going to be up there anyway, it might be worth a shot. The views from the top were pretty outrageous. I think the road will be closed to cars at that point, so you'll have the whole place to yourself. If you dress for the climb and have warmer gear that you can throw on for the descent, it might not be that bad.
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-13, 04:06 AM   #17
zacster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Brooklyn NY
Bikes:
Posts: 4,966
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I would have to do it on Friday so I don't have any flexibility with the weather. I would definitely dress for it, and keep a dry layer or two for the descent. When I did Bear Mountain in NY a few weeks ago I got cold on the way down, and it was a warmer day. For that matter, on Sunday I did a ride in NJ and made a quick stop. When I got back on I was damp and cold, and found that it was really downhill from where I was in NJ all the way to the West Side Greenway in Manhattan.

For Haleakala, you start at sea level on an 80+ degree morning and ascend through the clouds to where it is about 50. The downhill gets cold over the first 10 miles, but you start to warm up. I'm hoping the family meets me up at the top so I don't have to carry everything.

Last edited by zacster; 10-29-13 at 04:09 AM.
zacster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-13, 07:31 AM   #18
Pug
High Modulus
 
Pug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, NJ
Bikes: Cervelo R3, Ridley X-Night
Posts: 658
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I'm going to be up there over Thanksgiving weekend and I was thinking of doing it. The weather can be pretty iffy I'm sure. This would be my final climbing test for Mt Haleakala in Maui, 10,000' over 35 miles, all climbing.
First off, best of luck with Haleakala! I climbed Mt. Greylock about 1 month ago. If you have time you may want to do Greylock twice (back to back) for a good tune up since it's less than 3k of elevation.
Pug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-13, 09:37 AM   #19
cleansheet
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 355
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Probably getting snow on top this morning.
cleansheet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-13, 10:10 AM   #20
WestMass
Senior Member
 
WestMass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Western Massachusetts
Bikes: 2014 Cannondale SL2 Trail Hardtail 29er, 2014 Kona Zone Two Ultegra, 2010 Kona Jake the Snake, 198? Schwinn Traveler Single Speed
Posts: 284
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had some light flurries on my commute through Chicopee this morning around 6am
WestMass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-13, 10:04 AM   #21
Jay H
One less car
 
Jay H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Berkshires, MA
Bikes: '08 Soma Groove (commuter/long distance tourer), '97 Lemond Zurich (road commuter/tourer),'01 Seven Axiom Ti, '03 Look KG381i, '01 Santa Cruz Superlite X
Posts: 981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
And it is probably gone today.. as it was like 56degs at 6:30am this morning in Pittsfield and raining heavily until now..

Jay
Jay H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-13, 11:53 AM   #22
cleansheet
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 355
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Go for it. Winds are probably 70 mph on top today.
cleansheet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-13, 02:48 PM   #23
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Bikes: too many
Posts: 26,864
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
I've heard climbing Greylock is a huge challenge. I've never been there. What are some interesting numbers about it? I'm sure the weather can change quickly there.
__________________
Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 06:25 AM   #24
Chief Brody
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: RI
Bikes: '12 Felt F75X, '11 Scott CX Team, '08 Specialized Singlecross
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I climbed it from the north via Notch Road. By my calculations, it was a 9 mile climb from the start of Notch Road that gained 2774 feet. I descended the southern face via Rockwell Road. That was a little less than 9 miles to the exit.

This is pretty close to the route I followed. My start/stop were a little further into the campground than is shown on this. The summary tab show the course profile. The big lump in the middle is Greylock.
Chief Brody is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:14 AM.