Mormon Emigrant Trail Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.1
FIETS
23.7 mi
DISTANCE
4,571 ft
GAINED
3.1 %
AVG. GRADE

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The Mormon Emigrant Trail cycling climb is is a very long climb in the Eldorado National Forest (in the vicinity of Carson Pass, Kirkwood Ski Resort, and Lake Tahoe). Although modestly ranked on the FIETS index, this is the eighth longest climb in California. 
3.1% average grade (4.5% climb only).  19% of the climb is descent, 48% is at 0-5%, 32% is at 5-10%, and a fraction is at 10-15%.  The steepest quarter-mile of the climb is 9.9% and steepest mile 7.8%.

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Roadway:  Two lane road in good condition with a bike lane wide enough to ride in nearly the entire route.

Traffic:  Light.

Parking:  The parking lot just to the south of t the dam near the start of the climb - Map;  Street View
Provisions:  This is a remote climb and there are no spots to get food or water.  The closest food and beverages are in Pollock Pines just off Highway 50, six miles north - Map
This is a nice, albeit lengthy, option for getting to Lake Tahoe and Markleeville - Death Ride areas (links are to PJAMM's climb area pages for those areas).  

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Climb begins at Jenkinson Lake

This is a very long climb in the Eldorado National Forest (in the vicinity of Carson Pass, Kirkwood Ski Resort and Lake Tahoe). Although modestly ranked on the FIETS index, this is the 8th longest climb in California.

The climb is moderately difficult with many rollers along the way.  The steepest our Garmin ever read was 12% and the steepest ½ mile is only 8.3%.

North-South Road is at the start of the steepest ½ mile (8.3%).

 

Most of the climb is bordered by forest.

There are a few (but just a few) openings with exceptional distant views.

The road is not too busy, but the traffic you do encounter is often as not of the Big Rig variety.

 

Encountered several logging trucks on our climb.

 

Good road with 2’ bike lane the entire route.

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Climb ends at Mormon Emigrants Pass (faded road to right of Hwy 88 above).

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - MORMON EMIGRANTS PASS

PJAMM Cycling John Johnson and World and National Masters cycling champion Mark Hoffenberg on Coleman Valley Road.

Stage 6 ToC

Mormon Emigrants Pass

Photo:  MountainDemocrat.com

Mormon Emigrants Pass has been included 2 times in the Tour of California between 2006 and 2019.

  • 2018 Stage 6  
  • Folsom > South Lake Tahoe (Mountain Stage)
  • 122.1 miles, 18,999’
  • Stage winner:  Egan Bernal (COL)

  • 2019 Stage 2
  • Rancho Cordova > South Lake Tahoe - May 13, 2019
  • 122 miles
  • Stage winner:  TBD

Course Preview:

After starting the 2019 Amgen Tour of California in a familiar locale, Stage 2 begins in the new host city of Rancho Cordova, fifteen miles upstream along the American River. Rancho Cordova may be a new partner for the race, but the peloton’s journey to the slopes of South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Ski Resort is well-known and feared by local cyclists and the peloton. From the start, the route gradually prods uphill. Over the next 122-miles, the peloton will climb over 14,500 feet and three KOMs - even finishing uphill to the mountain’s ski lifts. The race’s Queen Stage comes later in the week, so the overall contenders can go for the General Classification lead here but they would be well-advised to save their legs.  AmgenTourofCalifornia.com