Bear Creek Road - Lexington Reservoir Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Bear Creek Road - Lexington Reservoir


All the cycling data and info you'll need to climb Bear Creek Road - Lexington Reservoir

Page Contributor(s): Dan Razum, Campbell, CA, USA

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Climb Summary

Ride 2.9 miles gaining 1,360’ at 9% average grade.

Climb summary by Dan Razum, Campbell, CA.

Bear Creek Road goes from Lexington Reservoir up to Summit Road. It is a narrow, twisty road with some

steep sections.  Bear Creek Road is similar to other roads nearby, such as Black, Montevina or

Soda Springs, but with one major difference: traffic.  Bear Creek is a popular route between San Jose

and Boulder Creek. The traffic may not be heavy compared to major highways such as highway 17, but there is

enough traffic to make this a dangerous climb.  The problem is there are many blind curves and most of the

road has absolutely no shoulder. Cars tend to hug the edge of the road around curves and so if they

encounter a cyclist in the middle of the curve, the car has no time to react and the cyclist has nowhere to

escape. This is obviously is not a good situation and so this climb is not recommended, unfortunately.

 Traffic can't see a slow bicycle around this curve, dangerous situation.

As a descent, Bear Creek is ok.  The descent is a little technical but a bicyle can easily keep up with

traffic going downhill.  But if you want to climb up to Summit Road, it is better to use Black Road or

Old Santa Cruz Highway.