Hwy 14 East (Cutler Hill) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

8.2
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16.2 mi
DISTANCE
4,412 ft
GAINED
5.1 %
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Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA

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"This isolated climb heads up a narrow and somewhat twisty road towards the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Around five miles into the climb the grade increases as you start to switchback up the hill with great views down into the valley. It ends after 14.9 miles at an unmarked top. You can continue to ride another 11.2 mostly flat miles to Burgess Junction and then go left for another 9.8 miles to reach Granite Pass but any significant climbing has ended." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 234.)

We missed this one on our cycling trip to Wyoming. If anyone has photos and a summary of the climb, we would very much appreciate the contribution to john@pjammcycling.com.

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Difficulty: Moderate
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52 POIs
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523.8
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Sep 18, 2023
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 5
traffic: 3
road: 4
Sep 18, 2023
scenery: 5
traffic: 3
road: 4
Super super beautiful climb, definitely underrated. Awesome scenery all the way through that keeps changing and never gets stale. Definitely do the descent if you're up to it. Starts in a valley, then into some hairpins overlooking the valley below. Then up to a big gorge with a lot of interesting rock features I parked in Dayton WY at a park and biked to the summit. It's quite exposed all the way to the top so just be wary of that. With 4-5 miles to go, there's a little bit of a steep section, but other than that. It's not that bad of a climb. Video of Descent: https://youtu.be/czOkE7OKI_o?si=D1-tkODY1svUZCEb
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Cycling Hwy 14 East

This climb begins just south of the small northern Wyoming town of Dayton (2020 populaton 882) by riding south up Hwy 14 into the Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest (established 1897 by William McKinley; 1,17,571 acres).

The scenery along the first part of the climb is back to the north of the Northern Great Plains.  We climb into the rugged and scenic Bighorn Mountains during this climb, peaking out at Cutler Hill, elevation 8,347’.

Enter the Bighorn National Forest at mile 5.5

There are many curves and a giant hairpin between miles 3.5 to 8.

Looking back at the Northern Great Plains at mile 9.8

Steamboat Point Trailhead at mile 9.8.

Although assigned the minimalist title “point”, this prominence merits the term “peak” as it rises 600’ above the surrounding area.

Brake check at mile 14 - a testament to the long and steep grade of this climb.

Signs are a testament to both Wyoming and the challenge of the climb.

Finish - thank you Bruce Hamilton (upper left) and Ron Hawks (upper right).

Summary by PJAMM’s Bruce Hamilton.

This climb starts in Dayton, WY – close to Sheridan. It’s fairly isolated in central Wyoming but we were not disappointed. There are often afternoon thunderstorms in this area and we got hammered on our descent. This could be avoided by starting early. This one is not brutal by PJAMM standards but there is a long stretch of 7-8% climbing with no break. Starts in high prairie and ends in forest. Nice rock formations along the way. Beautiful descent with smooth road that would be a blast in dry weather.