Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pinnacle via Beaver Dam Road

Distance: 3.6 miles
Climbing: 1100 feet

Another fine Capital District Climb, not far from Thacher Park and it's panoramic views from the Helderberg Escarpment. With over 1100 feet of elevation gain, the climb to Camp Pinnacle via Beaver Dam Road begins in New Salem at the intersection of routes 85 and 85A. The steepest (and arguably most fun) route is via Old New Salem Road, which provides a steeper and less improved alternative to route 85. After 3.5 miles of climbing hell, including a few sections of Beaver Dam Road which exceed 20% grade, you will arrive at Camp Pinnacle. What separates heaven from hell? A climb.

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