Tough Hills in Princeton Bike Routes

Tough Hills in Princeton Bike Routes

Princeton is one of those places that if you ride in or out of it you will have to hit a hill. Some hills are tougher than others. When heading out of Princeton probably the toughest hills are Cherry Hill Road, the Great Road, and Mount Lucas Road. When coming into Princeton the toughest would probably be the same list except you could add Province Line Road.

I’ve never been a fan of climbing the Rosedale Road hill when coming back into Princeton. However, I have usually been able to avoid it by visiting Johnson Park School and taking the old tow path that connects the school to Elm Road. No hill involved there, but the paved tow path is a little bumpy.

Big hills outside of town include Mount Zion Road and Grand View Road in Skillman. Spring Hill Road, Province Line Road, and Hopewell Wertsville Road are all killers when heading into the Sourland Mountain range from Route 518. And of course, there is Goat Hill Road between Pennington and Lambertville.

When heading back toward Princeton there is the flip side of Goat Hill Road as it comes out of Lambertville. There’s Route 518 as it comes out of Lambertville, and there is Rocktown Lambertville Road as it comes out of Lambertville. Two other toughies when coming from Ringoes toward Princeton are Rileyville Road and Lindbergh Road. And the combination of Zion and Long Hill roads from Neshanic are tough, too. These last three are all considered to be part of the hills in the Sourland Mountain range.

I have never liked to climb Pleasant Valley Road after descending Goat Hill Road. For me that is a long tough climb heading toward Pennington. And then there are two short climbs that are pretty tough, both close to Pennington: Poor Farm Road and Mine Road.

If you ride to Washington Crossing, PA from Princeton (not all that far actually), then Eagle Road between Brownsburg and Lurgan roads is a killer. If you do this, then you can hit one of Pennsylvania’s historic covered bridges on Van St Road, which is close by.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot the toughie just outside of Rocky Hill. Try your hand taking a right onto Old Georgetown Road off of Canal Road close to Route 518. That is one heck of a tough climb. It was part of the road trials course for the US Junior Worlds selection process in 1978.

That should sum up the real hills that one might tackle on bike rides starting somewhere in Princeton.

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3 Responses to Tough Hills in Princeton Bike Routes

  1. Andre says:

    Jeff, I think perhaps you need to review your use of “killer” in relation to climbing. I have yet to come across such a climb in New Jersey, but have told I will meet my match on Iron Bridge. As I remember it, Marie Blanque from Escot ( was something of a killer, especially on a 39 “small” ring. Nothing however compares to the Galibier from St. Michel de Maurienne however ( You should try it!

    • jlippinbike says:

      Andrew, you are tough. I’ll admit that. The term “killer” is relative, of course. Real hills are found in Colorado where you can climb for 10 or 20 miles at a time. I’ve done that. And I’m sure there are some real long climbs in places in Europe, too. I guess I could remove the word killer from my post. But when these small blimps in the pavement are compared to rides on the east side of US Route 1, they certainly qualify as killers.

      You poo poo’d all climbs in NJ, too. Ouch! The climb by the covered bridge in PA just across the Delaware River from Frenchtown, NJ is quite a climb. Yeah, I know, it’s in PA. And the climb out of Bloomsbury, NJ toward Flemington is quite a climb, too. I did not list them because they are quite a distance from Princeton.

  2. Andre says:

    Let’s try them. I’ve done Federal Twist, which seems to be revered, but it’s not too bad! No doubt though, you link together a lot of these climbs and you get a very tough ride.

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