Best Hill Climb Segments in Jefferson County, NY

A Strava hill segment is a type of segment on Strava that specifically measures the time it takes for an athlete to climb a hill or incline. This type of segment is popular among cyclists who want to challenge themselves on steep terrain and compare their performance with others.
Please note - these are for paved hill segments only. Search (usually CONTROL-F or COMMAND-F in a browser, FIND or SEARCH via the menu on phone browsers) or browse below.

These segments are often steep and challenging, and they allow users to compete against each other for the fastest time up the climb.

A Strava hill segment is defined by its start and end points, which are typically located at the bottom and top of a hill. The segment may be named after the hill or include a description of the terrain, such as "Miser Road Hill N-S, Black River" or "Lawton Road Climb".

When an athlete completes a Strava hill segment, their time is recorded and added to a leaderboard, which ranks athletes based on their performance on that segment. The leaderboard shows the fastest times for the segment, as well as other details such as the athlete's average speed, elevation gain, and power output (if using a power meter).

Hill segments can be challenging and rewarding for athletes who enjoy pushing themselves on steep climbs.

The accuracy of hill climb segments on Strava can vary depending on a number of factors, including the quality of GPS signal, the terrain of the hill, and the method used to calculate the segment. Strava uses GPS data from user devices to calculate segments, so the accuracy of the data depends on the quality of the GPS signal at the time of the activity. In areas with poor GPS coverage, such as in canyons or heavily wooded areas, the accuracy of the segment may be lower.

Additionally, the accuracy of hill climb segments can be affected by the terrain of the hill itself. For example, if a hill is very steep or has a lot of switchbacks, the GPS data may not accurately reflect the true distance and elevation gain of the segment.

Finally, the method used to calculate the segment can also impact its accuracy. Strava uses a number of different algorithms to determine the start and end points of a segment, and these algorithms can sometimes produce inaccuracies. For example, if a segment starts or ends near a turn, the algorithm may not accurately capture the start or end of the segment.

Overall, while Strava hill climb segments can be a useful tool for tracking your progress on a particular hill, they should be viewed as estimates rather than precise measurements.

Some of the gradients (eseically maximum gradients) used to calculate some of the segments below ARE somewhat inaccurate and may be unrealistic - either in minor ratios or with spiked gradients due to lack of barometric recording on a device. But they are still a good overall guide, and this is getting better all of the time.

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Middleton Rd
Middleton Road Hill, Black River 'Just the Climb'

Distance - 0.48mi
Elevation Gain - 205ft
Avg Grade - 8.0%
*Maximum Grade - 11.5%

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Miser Rd Hill
Miser Road Hill N-S, Black River

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 0.68mi
Elevation Gain - 301ft
Avg Grade - 8.0%
*Maximum Grade - 14.9%

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Middleton and Miser
Couple Hills - Middleton Rd Hill & Miser Rd Hill, Black River
(Both of the previous two hills combined into one segment)

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 2.16mi
Elevation Gain - 591ft
Avg Grade - 3.8%
*Maximum Grade - 14%
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Lawton Rd Hill
Lawton Road Climb, outside of Watertown

Distance - 0.69mi
Elevation Gain - 149ft
Avg Grade - 3.5%
*Maximum Grade - 10.7%

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Middle Road Hill
Middle Rd Hill, off from State Street, Watertown

Distance - 0.66mi
Elevation Gain - 168ft
Avg Grade - 4.8%
*Maximum Grade - 10.5%
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State Street Hill
State Street Hill, Watertown

Strava Category 4 climb
Distance - 2.51mi
Elevation Gain - 483ft
Avg Grade - 3.6%
*Maximum Grade - 22.6%

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Stalin Rd #0
Staplin Road #0 - just the hardest part, Black River

Distance - 0.22mi
Elevation Gain - 129ft
Avg Grade - 10.9%
*Maximum Grade - 21.8%

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Staplin Rd - the whole road, Watertown

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 1.41mi
Elevation Gain - 312ft
Avg Grade - 4.2%
*Maximum Grade - 15.2%

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Route 3 Henderson Harbor Climb
Route 3 Henderson South climb, Henderson Harbor

Distance - 0.37mi
Elevation Gain - 119ft
Avg Grade - 6.1%
*Maximum Grade - 11.8%

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Swan Road Climb
Swan Road Climb, Watertown

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 1.71mi
Elevation Gain - 353ft
Avg Grade - 3.9%
*Maximum Grade - 11.5%

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Swan Rd to Prison Parking Lot
Swan Rd to Prison Parking Lot, Watertown

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 1.25mi
Elevation Gain - 296ft
Avg Grade - 4.3%
*Maximum Grade - 13%

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The Dexter Special
The Dexter Special, Dexter

Distance - 0.55mi
Elevation Gain - 115ft
Avg Grade - 3.9%
*Maximum Grade - 7.6%

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Depauville Hill
Depauville Rt 12 Hill Climb, Depauville

Distance - 0.28mi
Elevation Gain - 100ft
Avg Grade - 6.6%
*Maximum Grade - 8.9%

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Wescott Climb
Wescott Climb

Distance - 0.47mi
Elevation Gain - 134ft
Avg Grade - 5.3%
*Maximum Grade - 19.9%

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Zang Road
Zang Road & Hill

(Unfortunately there is an issue with the elevation/grade data which shows an incorrect spike near the top.)
Distance - 0.43mi
Elevation Gain - 156ft
Avg Grade - 6.7%
*Maximum Grade - 17.6%

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Both of Brodie's Bump Climbs
Both of Brodie's Bump Climbs - Rt 3 to top of Brodie Hill, Henderson

Distance - 0.95mi
Elevation Gain - 207ft
Avg Grade - 2.9%
*Maximum Grade - 13.6%

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Climb Out of East Rodman
Climb Out of East Rodman, Watertown/Rodman

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 1.71mi
Elevation Gain - 383ft
Avg Grade - 4.1%
*Maximum Grade - 13.9%

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Dry Hill, Cook to Swan
Dry Hill, Cook to Swan, Watertown

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 1.21mi
Elevation Gain - 283ft
Avg Grade - 4.4%
*Maximum Grade - 11.4%

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Old Rome State Hill - steepest part, going up
Old Rome State Hill - steepest part, going up, Town of Housfield

Distance - 0.50mi
Elevation Gain - 107ft
Avg Grade - 4.1%
*Maximum Grade - 7.9%

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Vaadi Road Hill
Vaadi Road Hill, Town of Orleans

Distance - 0.31mi
Elevation Gain - 72ft
Avg Grade - 4.3%
*Maximum Grade - 10.8%

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Deferno Road Climb
Deferno Road Climb, Clayton

Distance - 0.26mi
Elevation Gain - 81ft
Avg Grade - 5.9%
*Maximum Grade - 11.9%

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Thompson Park Hill, Watertown
Thompson Park Hill, Watertown (starts at Academy St before the traffic circle and go to the top of the park at the park square)

Distance - 0.68mi
Elevation Gain - 187ft
Avg Grade - 5.1%
*Maximum Grade - 5.1%

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Middle Thompson Park Hill, Watertown
Middle Thompson Park Hill, Watertown (from Thompson Blvd to Thompson Park street junctions)

Distance - 0.43mi
Elevation Gain - 140ft
Avg Grade - 6.1%
*Maximum Grade - 8.3%

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All Three Thompson Park Hills
All Three Thompson Park Hills, Watertown (Gotham St and back down, then up middle hill and back down, and then over top the hill that starts at the traffic circle and to the top)

Distance - 2.75mi
Elevation Gain - 442ft
Avg Grade - 1.1%
*Maximum Grade - 11.3%

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East Gotham Road Climb
East Gotham Road Climb, Watertown

Strava Climb Category - 4
Distance - 0.88mi
Elevation Gain - 323ft
Avg Grade - 6.9%
*Maximum Grade - 15.6%

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Burr Mill Cider (Plank Rd) climb from Route 12
Burrville Cider (Plank Rd) climb from Route 12, Watertown

Distance - 0.38mi
Elevation Gain - 125ft
Avg Grade - 6.2%
*Maximum Grade - 8.9%

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S Harbor Creek to Crest
S Harbor Creek to Crest, Adams Center

Distance - 0.72mi
Elevation Gain - 170ft
Avg Grade - 4.5%
*Maximum Grade - 10.1%

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Kellogg Hill
Kellogg Rd Hill, Adams Center

Distance - 1.26 mi
Elevation Gain - 335 ft
Avg Grade - 3.9%
*Maximum Grade - 16.3%

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Fuller Road
Fuller Rd Climb, Carthage

Distance - .33 mi
Elevation Gain - 130 ft
Avg Grade - 7.3%
*Max Grade - 16.7%

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