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Kingsbury Grade - West


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Climb Summary

Cycling the Kingsbury Grade - Daggett Pass; pass sign with bike leaning against it. 

Daggett Pass connects Hwy 395 (east) and South Shore Lake Tahoe (west).

Kingsbury Grade East

This is by far the more difficult side of Kingsbury Grade (Daggetts Pass) at 6 miles and an average grade of 6.1% up to an elevation of 7,357’.  While there are several brief descents along the way (129’ total descent), this is a predominantly steady 6-8% climb.  The elevation profile has one brief 20% grade, but this is a false GPS reading.

The roadway is in excellent condition and moderately travelled, but good bit of the traffic are big rigs (although not able to race too fast up the grade). The road is in excellent condition and there is a wide shoulder the entire route.

Tramway Drive is at the top of the grade and is an access road to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort.  The Pass got its name, according to the local newspaper (Record Courier) “The name was changed to the Daggett Pass Trail in 1854 when C.D. Daggett acquired 640 acres at the bottom of the road and renamed it.”

Kingsbury Grade relates to the community of Kingsbury on the western side of the pass.

Sign at the start of Kingsbury Grade bike climb

Start just west of Gardnerville at Hwy 207/Foothill Road.

Fall colors on the Kingsbury Grade, Hwy 207 

Hwy 207 is plenty wide and has bike lane the entire route.

Looking down on NV plains while bicycling up the Kingsbury Grade. 

Excellent views east of Carson Valley first 3 miles of climb.

Drone photo of Kingsbury Grade near Daggett pass while climbing by bike.  

The grade is clearly discernible as we climb.

Kingsbury Grade West

This side of Daggett Pass is one-half the distance of the route from the east at 3.1 miles with an elevation gain of only 1,045’ at 6.4% average grade.  There are some, but not exceptional views of Lake Tahoe as we descend.

As with the route from the east, there is moderate traffic along the climb, although it is much heavier towards the bottom.  The road is in excellent condition without any blemishes as of October, 2018.

The Tahoe Rim Trail crosses our route about 1 miles from the top.

Steep Grade sign at Daggett Pass on Kingsbury Grade 

The climb from the west varies from a max 10% to flatter 2% in stretches.

Drone photo of Lake Tahoe from Daggett Pass and Kingsbury Grade.  

This is the Lake Tahoe side of Daggett Pass.


Kingsbury Grade (Daggett Summit) Stage 2 2010 Tour of California

Photo:  Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Kingsbury Grade has been featured once in the Tour of California:

  • 2010 Stage 2
  • Folsom to South Lake Tahoe (eastern approach)
  • 122.1 miles, 18,999’
  • Stage winner:  Egan Bernal (COL; Strava KOM 30:02

Cycling Oakville Grade Road - photo of sign 

Mark Cavendish (former world champ jersey)

Kingsbury Grade - Stage 6 2018 Tour of California

Photo by Ray Rogers