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The Appalachian Gap - Rocky Dale to Waitsfield to Warren
Bike Type: Street/Off-Road, Road type: Pavement, Route Length: 28 miles (45 km)
Time: 47 minutes, Gap Elevation: 615 to 2,287 feet (186 to 697 metres)
The Appalachian Gap is the most popular route of the 6 Gaps. Often frequented by motorcyclists because of its many twisties and switchbacks, it's one of the feature roads of the Green Mountain Stage Race (GMSR) which ends at the Appalachian Gap summit.
Ride the Gap on Route 17 and pass over ‟Baby App” to descend 269 feet (82 metres) before you reach the big one. Appalachian Gap is steep rising up 1,253 feet (382 metres), and it's full of up-hill twisties. The view from the summit is stunning; on clear days you can see all the way to the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain Valley and the road for the upcoming descent. On the way down, watch out for cars; there's a popular ski resort here with traffic all year round. Finish the Appalachian Gap in Waitsfield and fill up your bike and your stomach at the various stores along Route 100. Continue riding South on Route 100 towards Warren to start the Roxbury Gap.
The Six Gaps of Vermont: Click here to see the next one! The Roxbury Gap.