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.