Hillclimbs of the USA and Canada

Albany, New York

Used on the 23rd May 1908.

Algonquin, Illinois

A town in Illinois, Algonquin featured three separate hillclimbs used from 1906-1912. The first climb was Perry Hill, situated to the north of the town and used until 1909. Hillclimb events on this hill used a standing start.

The second hill was Philip's Hill, on North Main Street - events here used a flying start. The start was at the Morton House (which became a Shell Petrol Station), and continued past the cemetery on Route 31.

After a disagreement between the Algonquin Hill Climb Association and the Dundee Township, Jayne's Hill was used instead of Perry Hill. Jayne's Hill is now known as Huntington Drive, and was used from 1910 to 1912.

Beech Mountain

Bible Creek, Oregon

20 miles north of Willamine.

Bisbee, Arizona

Blackhawk, Illinois

Located in Rockford. It was held in the city park in the late 1950s and 1960s. It was presented by the Carremana Sportscar Club of Rockford, and sanctioned by the Midwestern Council of SCC after 1958.

Black Otter

Blue Ridge, North Carolina

Located near Laurel Springs.

Bogus Basin, Idaho

Near Emmett.

Bolton Valley, Vermont

1.8 mile climb.

Box Springs Canyon, California

A 3.5 mile (some sources say 4 mile) hillclimb near Riverside, used at least from 1905-1907. It started 250 ft east of the Gage Canal, and finished 500 ft west of the Santa Fé rail track at the top of the Box Springs Grade. The projected route is shown in red on the map above.

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

A 3.5 mile hillclimb used on the 30th-31st July 1906. It started at the Willey House, and ran up Crawford Notch towards Bretton Woods.

Buffalo Bill Mountain, Colorado

First used in 1952, it climbs through 2000 ft, ending at over 8000 ft, with 56 curves.

Burnt Hill

A 0.5 mile hillclimb in Augusta, Maine. The grade varied between 7.8 and 14.3%. It was used in 1911.

Burke, Vermont

2.1 mile climb.

Camp Fortune

Used in the 1960s, and based in a ski club near Ottawa.

Carmel Hill, California

A 1.625 mile hillclimb in Del Monte. Between 7 and 10 degrees in gradient, used 1904.

Cascade Lakes, Oregon

Charleroi, Pennsylvania

A 0.5 mile hillclimb running from the railway lines up Fifth Avenue to Meadow Avenue, used in 1910. The gradient was around 15%.

Chimney Rock, South Carolina

Used from 1957-1995, it ran from the base of Chimney Rock Park to the upper parking area. Originally 2.7 miles in length, it was progressively shortened to 1.8 miles.

Cincinnati, Ohio

A 0.45 mile hillclimb, featuring a gradient of 11%. It was used on the 23rd May 1908. Is this the same as Paddock Road, Cincinnati, used on the 19th May 1906?

Clifton, Arizona

Used late 1960s/early 1970s.

Commonwealth Hill, Massachussetts

A 0.2 mile hillclimb near Boston, used in 1903 and 1904, with a maxmimum gradient of 13%.

Corona, California

A 3 mile hillclimb used in 1906. It started on Main Street from Sixth Street to the Ben White ranch in the foothills, on the boundary between the city and the Cleveland National Forest.

Dead Horse Hill, Massachussetts

A 1 mile hillclimb near Worcester. It was used on the 24th May 1906, and the 6th June 1908.

Duryea and Pagoda, Pennsylvania

Located above Reading, these two hillclimbs use the same course. Duryea uses the full course, Pagoda starts at turn 2 and finishes at turn 9. Duryea is 2.3 miles long, rises through 800 feet, and has been used since 1951. Pagoda is 1 mile long, and rises through 450 feet.

Eagle Rock Hill, New Jersey

Hillclimb used at least from 1901-1904 near West Orange.

Fort George Hill, New York

A 0.36 mile climb in Manhattan, New York. It has an average gradient of 11%, running from Dyckman Street to 193rd Street. It was used at least from 1904-1908.


Ghost City, Arizona

Located near Jerome, 100 miles North West of Phoenix. The course is 1.3 miles long, with an average gradient of 18%. It was first used in 1959, and the surface ranged from concrete to cobbles.

Giant's Despair, Pennsylvania

First used in 1906, this 5700 foot (1.08 mile) hillclimb followed the road going up Bear Creek Mountain, near Wilkes Barre, and was used until 1916, climbing through 684 feet. It was re-opened as a 1 mile climb in 1947, and was used until 1969, although it was reopened in 2001. It climbs through 666 feet, with a gradient between 10 and 20.2%, following SR 309 between Georgetown and Oliver Mills. The map above shows the later course.



First used in 1985, it is just over 2 miles long. It has an average gradient of 11%, and climbs through 1160 feet.

Ioco, British Columbia

Knox Mountain, British Columbia

Site of the Okanagan Hill Climb since 1966, it is 3.5 km long.

Larison Rock, Oregon

Located in Oakridge, it is 1.9 miles long.

Maryhill, British Columbia

Maryhill Loops, Washington

Located near Goldendale.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

A 0.28 mile (1522 foot) hillclimb used on the 19th June 1907 - it climbed through 77 feet. A 0.38 mile version of the climb was used in 1906.

Mount Ascutney, Vermont

3.6 mile climb.

Mount Equinox

Used 1950.

Mount Humphrey

Mount Okemo, Vermont

2.7 mile climb.

Mount Philo, Vermont

1 mile climb.

Mount Washington, New Hampshire

First used on the 11th and 12th July 1904. 8 mile climb varying between 5 and 20 degrees in gradient. It is located near Bretton Woods.

New Braunfels, Texas

A 1397 ft climb which climbed through 155.7 ft new San Antonio. The course had dangerous curves and was bumpy.

Newport Hillclimb, Indiana

A 1800 ft hillclimb which starts outside of the Lions Club on South Main Street, running south. Originally held from 1909-1915, the local fire department resurrected the event for antique cars from 1963-1964, but insufficient manpower and finance meant they couldn't continue it. The Lions Club was rechartered in 1967, and began sponsoring the event as their chief fundraiser. The climb rises through 140 feet

Oakland Avenue, California

A 0.6 mile hillclimb used on the 26th February 1910. It started at Pleasant Valley Road (this section is now known as Grand Avenue), and ran up Oakland Avenue to Bonita Avenue.

Okanagan, British Columbia

One hillclimb, but held on four different venues. First held in 1956, the original venue was Crescent Hill Road in Penticton. In 1957 the hillclimb moved to The Old Highway in Westbank, where it stayed until 1960 on a 1.8 km course. In 1962 it moved to Camp Road Hill at Winfield, where it stayed until 1965. All of these venues were in the Okanagan Valley. For 1966 it moved to Knox Mountain.

Pasadena-Altadena, California

First used in 1906, the 1.5 mile hillclimb had gradients between 3 and 14 degrees, and averaged 11.4%. The surface of Santa Rosa Avenue was dirt, which gave little traction, and there was a large drainage ditch to the east of the course, with trees either side. In addition, the Pacific Electric Railway crossed the course at Mariposa Street, and the raised railway caused the cars to take off as they hit it at speed. Given that the cars ran in stock condition, it was quite usual for cars to shed pieces on landing.

For 1906, female passengers were banned, the surface of the road was oiled, and a temporary wooden bridge was built over the rail tracks. The starting point was also moved, with a new road carved into the apricot orchard in line with Santa Rosa Avenue. The course was shortened to 1 mile for 1907, but after very large crowds and the inherent dangers, the last meeting was held in 1909.

Pecousic Hill, Massachussetts

A 0.412 mile hillclimb in Springfield used on the 26th April 1905. The gradient was between 9 and 12%.

Providence, Rhode Island

A 0.4 mile hillclimb at the summer house of C.Prescott Knight in Riverport. Used on the 16th November 1907.

Rochester, New York

A 0.59 mile hillclimb used on the 20th October 1906.

Rose Valley, Pennsylvania

Located in the town of Trout Run, to the north of Williamsport, it was first used in 1967. The course is 1.2 miles long, and rises through 580 feet.

Sandberg, California

Used in the 1950s. Was 0.6 miles long for the 2nd April 1950 event, but was 0.7 miles long by the event held on the 10th September 1950. Started at the intersection of Pine Canyon Road and the Old Ridge Route to the Sandberg Hotel. Just off route 5 between Bakersfield and Los Angeles (specifically between Gorman and Castaic).

Shingle Hill, Connecticut

A 0.91 mile hillclimb used in 1908, near New Haven.

Skippack Hill, Pennsylvania

A 1.19 mile hillclimb with a gradient between 3 and 10 degrees, climbing 352 feet in 6270 feet. The course went from Skippack Creek up to the town of Evansburg, 6 miles northwest of Norristown. It was used on the 27th June 1908, and there are two possible routes: 1) the current US Route 422, or 2) a smaller road which starts at the creek and climbs into Evansburg from the south (the most probable route).

Solomon Hill, Missouri

A 0.6 mile hillclimb in St.Louis, used on the 6th November 1908.

Sport Hill, Connecticut

Located in Easton, near Bridgeport. Used on the 30th May 1908.

Sport Hill, Ohio

A 0.7 mile hillclimb near Cleveland. It was used on the 13th June 1908.


Used in the 1950s-1960s.

Stewart Avenue Hill, Georgia

A 4646 ft hillclimb which started at 100 ft, and climbed through 168.60 ft to 268.60 ft in just under nine tenths of a mile used from 1907 near Atlanta.

Stucky Hill, Ohio

Hillclimb located in Chardon, 30 miles west of Cleveland. Used on the 15th June 1907.

Teton, Wyoming

First used in 2002, it is located near Alta.

Virginia City

Weatherly, Pennsylvania

Used since 1960. Turn 2 is known as "The Wall", and just after turn 5 is "Jump", where cars typically take off. The course is 1 mile long, and has an elevation change of approximately 340 feet.

Whistler Mountain, British Columbia

Used in 1983 as a means to help fill the hotels in the days before it became such a popular resort. Competitors cars were parked in hotel underground carparks overnight, and were driven through the town to the startline.

Whiteface Mountain, New York

Located in the Adirondacks, this 5 mile paved course held an event in 1964.

Wilbrabham Hill, Massachussetts

Located in Springfield, this 1 mile hillclimb has an average gradient of 8.5%, reaching 22% near the end of the course. It was used on the 11th September 1908.