Starting at the bridge across the Androscoggin River in Gilead, Maine , you quickly find yourself on a narrow, well paved road that enters the White Mountain National Forest. The first few miles are a gentle incline with numerous views of the Wild River. This is late spring and the foliage displays many shades of lush green. The last few miles have a moderate ramp up in grade, however the view at the top will be worth it. Evan’s Notch is popular one for the cyclists. This is a great ride if you want a quick and doable climbing workout. Note - this has the same end point as the Evans Notch ride, which approaches from the more challenging South side.