After running Hurricane Mountain Road out of North Conway, we rode Route 113 from Fryeburg north to Gilead on May 21.
Although not as tight as the Hurricane, the road was in better condition, generally allowing us keep up a good pace.
Some places were beginning to show signs of deterioration and will need repair in the near future.
Even though there were no 'peg-dragging' corners, we were happy to see the sign indicating the road is closed in the winter, usually meaning it is a fun road to run!
The ride generally consisted of curves, twists and hills coupled with narrow treed roads.
Our ride was made on a quiet Monday morning where we passed only a handful of cars.
There were few houses which added to the secluded feeling of the road.
Iím sure there were numerous places we should have stopped to smell the roses, but our schedule meant we needed to be back in New Brunswick for work the next day.
Perhaps when Iím retired I take the time to stop.
- Matthew Peachman (6/5/12)
Don't own a motorcycle, but my Nissan Max provided 'good stick' on empty road.
This is an up / down / roll right-left/ stretch of pretty scenery culminating in the WMNF.
Ride is best from Freyburg north.
For a side trip, park your bikes and hike a few hundred yards up Blueberry Mountain to Rattlesnack Pond (see photo), off Stone house Road in N. Chatham.
- Joe (10/19/11)
Still good pavement. Not heavily traveled, I rode from Gilead, ME, the north end of the road that intersects with Route 2, to Fryeburg, ME.
Met less than half a dozen vehicles.
I was fortunate enough to ride this on a Tuesday afternoon starting at 2:15 pm.
The canopy of trees over the road is beautiful, but use caution in the fall when the leaves cover the road.
Beautiful road to be included in any western Maine or White Mountain rides.
- Randy Butler (9/5/11)
Road was built by CCC around 1933.
Amazing what a bunch of 18 year olds with hand saws and sledge hammers can build by hand.
- Anonymous (9/24/10)
I have rode the route both ways.
I find that riding from Fryeburg to Gilead is the best scenic views up to Evens Notch, than after that you ride along the river with a few scenic views after that.
Theres a couple of turn outs at Even Notch with good views.
For the most part the road is good, so just take your time and enjoy it.
- Eugene Ketchen (9/17/09)
Great ride from Standish to Fryeburg.
If you rush its only a hour, but you can take your time and make a nice several hour trip.
At 25/113 there is a great diner for breakfast and plenty to do when you hit Fryeburg on Route 302 (either WEST to NH and Conway and the moutains or EAST to Portland).
Roads are in good condition (except for a small portion between Steep falls and Baldwin area).
Overall its a great quick ride for those that do not have a full day and need something fun but not an all day event.
- Rider from Portland, ME (5/8/09)
Great road ~ closed in winter ~ no power lines, no houses, just twisties.
It is a tight road, so don't plan on flying, but if you hit it right, it can be real fun!
- Mary-Kathryn Gray (10/10/08)
Very narrow and twisty route through Evans Notch on Route 113 along the Maine - New Hampshire border.
Scenic stops and riverside riding on the north end, mountain twisties on the south end.
Rough approach road from the south.
Watch for sudden sharp narrow corners.
Some unexpected bumpies here and there.
- Gary Foote (7/19/06)