A handful of Vermont roads are closed during the winter months because they are too steep and challenging to navigate in the snow. Most of these mountain or “gap” roads cross the Green Mountains and are closed to traffic between November and May.
Bethel Mountain Road between the towns of Rochester and Bethel is open year-round. The road, which climbs to more than 2,000 feet and connects Routes 100 and 12, offers views of the Connecticut River Valley and the Green Mountains.
I normally don’t drive solo in my 2003 Subaru over steep mountain roads. But recently I decided to make the trek over Bethel Mountain Road by myself. When I pulled over to take this photo near the summit, I was a little nervous. My car has 137,000 miles on the odometer, and I have an occasional fear of heights. I’m also a slow driver, so the thought of descending down the mountain was slightly nerve-wracking.
Given that combination, I didn’t get to enjoy the views as much as I had hoped. I caught a glimpse of Killington to the south and the river valley towns to the east. From what I could see, it all looked beautiful.
But next time I’m going to ask Dave to drive.
**If You Go: Town of Rochester