Technical Info

To assist you with training, planning and preparing for the ride, we have assembled the following information. Please let us know if you need more information or if you have ideas for content that might be helpful to others.

Route Maps

  • 1 Day Option: Entire Route– Map My Ride
  • 1 Day Option: Entire Route – VeloRoutes.Org – Same as Map My Ride, but best for uploading to GPS
  • 2 & 3 Day Options: Entire Route – VeloRoutes.Org (best for uploading to GPS). Not segmented out by day.
  • 40 Mile Option: Entire Route – Map My Ride

Please note: These maps do not include the Recreation Trail in Franconia Notch (the map defaults to I-93, we will NOT be riding on the interstate). Also, the mileage does not add up to 100 because of the trail.

Franconia Notch Recreation Trail information

The route will be marked with red and white signs. You will be provided with turn by turn directions, or feel free to download them here:

1 Day: Route Guide (turn by turn)

2 Days: Route Guide (turn by turn, to North Conway Grand Hotel) (Saturday Only)

40 Mile: Route Guide (turn by turn)

Route Grades

The steepest part of the ride (sustained climb) is the 4-5 miles leading to the summit on the Kanc (starting at about mile 22 when starting from North Conway), which is around an 8% grade. There are parts of the Franconia Bike Trail that are also quite steep. For more information on the hill climbs for this route, please visit Northeast Cycling. You can put in the Franconia Bike Trail, Crawford Notch and the Kanc.This site has a wealth of information for sections of this route and other hill climbs in the region.


Obviously, gearing recommendations depend on the individual rider. Recreational riders will want standard road triple cranks. Stronger riders should do well with 39×27 or 39×25 double crank gearing.

Handcyclists will do well with standard manufacturer triple ring mountain bike gearing (28 x 34). Internal hub bikes (7 speed) should be equipped with a Mountain Drive to accomplish hills


  • North Conway, NH: 525 Feet
  • Kancamagus Pass (height of the land): 2855 Feet
  • Lincoln, NH: 811 Feet
  • Franconia Notch Bike Trail: 2,000 Feet (Top Elevation)
  • Crawford Notch Depot: 1,900 Feet

Training Tips & Workouts

Northeast Cycling
Bicycling Magazine

Traveling to the White Mountains?

If you’re traveling and don’t want to pack your bike, check Rhino Bike Works in Plymouth, NH for rentals.