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Bear Wallow Climb

If you’ve ridden the Hilly Hundred when it went east, the killer climb comes right after lunch. After riding the gentle valley north out of Nashville, you run smack dab into Bear Wallow Hill. It has has the largest rise of the climbs in our region, starting at 692′ in the valley to 1010′ on the ridgetop, a climb of 318 feet.

It is .75 miles long and using my Mitch’s Hill Toughness Quotient, it is a difficult hill at 424. However, its length and rise are more than any other hill I’ve found, and so this hill is tougher than the quotient would indicate. [318/.75=424].

In comparison, TC Steele has a higher quotient at 474 MHTQ, but it’s a third shorter at .42 miles and rises only 200 feet. Bean Blossom Hill to the ridgetop is a long ride, 1.25 miles, and it rises 293 feet, but the math works out to a measly 227 MHTQ. So I would say Bear Wallow Hill is much tougher than Bean Blossom HIll, and probably harder to climb overall than TC Steele. I’ve climbed them both on my recumbent, so I know they are in the same neighborhood. But no doubt Bear Wallow is more of a killer, especially in warm weather. It just keeps going and going and going. But by pure numbers, Miller and Boltinghouse Roads are still the toughest paved Hoosier Hills, and McGowen is still the toughest by far.

By Mitch Rice, Bloomington, IN

Recumbent, e-bike, scooter riding Boomer, out to better the world one e-bike at a time!

One reply on “Bear Wallow Climb”

Have you ever tried Wallow Hollow? This is the gravel road that connects Clay Lick road to the top of Bear Wallow Hill. It also changes it’s name to Freeman ridge road at the top. Freeman Ridge road continues over to 135 at the top of Greesy Creek hill.

Another killer hill is covered bridge road (old 135) starting at beanblossom and ending by the rest area on 135 towards Nashville.

By the way, this is a fun web site. enjoyed looking at it.

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