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Old 04-23-07, 10:08 AM
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Wash, DC area climbs (Rock Creek)

I need some good climbs in the Rock Creek Park area. The only ones I've really found are the road leading up to the nature conservatory, and the 16th street hill climb (both by the ranger station) but neither of those are particularly difficult. Are there any other good roads to climb?

I've also done the hill coming out of Great Falls park, and the hill in the last part of MacArthur Blvd before it runs into Falls Road. Those are OK, but really not long enough

Tilden Road, that leads from Connecticut Ave down to Beach Drive, is steep enough (7%) but not long (<0.5mi).
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When you say they aren't difficult do you mean they're not long enough?

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Old 04-23-07, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by zimbo
When you say they aren't difficult do you mean they're not long enough?

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Not long enough and not steep enough. They also have flat and/or downhill sections.

I could do repeats but I'm looking for something that takes me at least 5 minutes to climb.
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Have you done this one?

http://www.bikewashington.org/routes/loaf/loaf.htm
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Old 04-23-07, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by bitterken
Getting out to Poolesville is an additional 30 miles, I was looking for something closer but yeah, I'm familiar with Sugarloaf.
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14th street is a decent climb and has a bike lane... Not steep but it goes on for a while.
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This is far but not too far:

Go out MacArthur until it ends and then climb from Old Angler's Inn to the top. About a 4 minute effort. Then descend into Great Falls Park and climb back out. Again, about a 4 minute climb.

Repeat as necessary.
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Old 04-23-07, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
I need some good climbs in the Rock Creek Park area. The only ones I've really found are the road leading up to the nature conservatory, and the 16th street hill climb (both by the ranger station) but neither of those are particularly difficult. Are there any other good roads to climb?

I've also done the hill coming out of Great Falls park, and the hill in the last part of MacArthur Blvd before it runs into Falls Road. Those are OK, but really not long enough

Tilden Road, that leads from Connecticut Ave down to Beach Drive, is steep enough (7%) but not long (<0.5mi).
Yeah, I think that the best climbs around the park are getting out of the park up towards Connecticut. Brandywine from Broad Branch heading towards CT is also a steep (though short) climb - and is unfortunately how all of my rides end.

If you're out by MacArthur and Falls, have you tried riding along Bradley? While no single climb is that long (nothing as long as the last stretch of MacArthur before you get to Falls), there's a fair amount of up and down as you head back into Bethesda.
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Old 04-23-07, 11:41 AM
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It sounds like the MacArthur hill - Great Falls hill back and forth repeat is the best option for sustained climbs. I guess if it's not hard enough I can weigh the bike down or something. I'll give Bradley a try and report back!
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
It sounds like the MacArthur hill - Great Falls hill back and forth repeat is the best option for sustained climbs. I guess if it's not hard enough I can weigh the bike down or something. I'll give Bradley a try and report back!
Do it on a saturday a.m. with the 7:00 a.m. ride and then tell me they aren't hard enough ...

With the geographic constraints of your question, old anglers (macarthur) and great falls is about as good as you're going to get, you can also mix in brickyard road, which is off of Macarthur and very, very steep, with false flat up to Falls Road, but the steep section is kind of short. Below is another option for group riding with hills:

Tuesday/Wednesday Noon Hill Ride
Come join the Tuesday/Wednesday hill ride through the rolling terrain of Rock Creek Park. Riders meet at East West Highway and Beach Drive (near Candy Cane City) at noon and head down into the park for a series of five separate hill climbs. Each climb is followed by a short recovery, and pace-line work. The entire workout usually lasts about 75 minutes. It's a great way to relieve mid-day job stress and get in some excellent training. During the winter, the ride goes on Wednesdays; rest of the year, the ride goes on Tuesdays. Approximate Time: 75 minutes.
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Old 04-23-07, 04:58 PM
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Go out to Arlington and climb George Mason Drive from South Four Mile run. . . unless you already know about this hill. Then nevermind.
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is george mason drive steeper walter reed?
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I'm not familiar with GM Drive or Walter Reed... how would I get to GM Drive from DC?
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the walter reed climb is right at the intersection of 4 mile and walter reed. The climb goes north and is steep and steady
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Is there a trail, or is it just Four Mile Run Drive?
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there is a trail but you have to do some road riding to get to walter reed. you can take the 4 mile run trail off of mt vernon and then take the pedestrian bridge over 395.

it would be a lot more effecient just to ride in the streets.
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bdcheung,

www.gmap-pedometer.com has a Topo button option now. You should be able to find high spots in your area with it.

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riskus: can't figure out what roads to ride to get there. may just try to get out there tomorrow using the trails and BS my way back.

NoRacer: The topo looks awesome, but I'm not familiar enough with topo maps to read them with any kind of confidence
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you could just take wilson to glebe if you want. where 4 mile trail ends in the neighborhood by the ped bridge over 395 can get confusing so I would study a google map of that area before you go. good luck.
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NoRacer: The topo looks awesome, but I'm not familiar enough with topo maps to read them with any kind of confidence
Well, you could always head toward lakes, rivers, or "runs". Usually roads around them can be quite hilly.
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chain bridge road is kind of gnarly.

if you want sometime come out to mt vernon and I can show you some decent climbing routes right off the trail out there. Lots of short loop climbs off of neighborhood roads.
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I did a Sunday morning group ride last September out of a bike shop near Silver Springs (can't remember the name right now). There were some pretty good hills in there. Just looking at my Garmin data, do MacArthur Blvd or Sangamore Road ring a bell to any of you locals?

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Originally Posted by zimbo
I did a Sunday morning group ride last September out of a bike shop near Silver Springs (can't remember the name right now). There were some pretty good hills in there. Just looking at my Garmin data, do MacArthur Blvd or Sangamore Road ring a bell to any of you locals?

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MacArthur and Sangamore are good roads, i'm familiar with both.
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