Cycling Fremont Peak
Ride 8.8 miles to 2,885’ gaining 2,524’ at 5.4% average grade.
Summary by Mike Persellin:
The approach is on San Juan Canyon Rd. just south of San Juan Bautista. The climb starts at the state park entrance and ends 8.8 miles later at the observatory parking lot. The first part of the climb is in a shaded canyon past small ranches and is the easiest section. At just past 5 miles, the road pitches up sharply into the open and averages over 8% to the finish, with a couple of 13% ramps.
Along the way are gorgeous views of Monterey Bay and the Salinas and San Benito Valleys. The Santa Cruz, Diablo, and Gavilan ranges can also be easily seen. This is one of the few accessible climbs in the coastal area between Santa Cruz and Southern California.
Traffic/Roadway Surface: The road is paved and in variable condition, and can be descended safely. There is little to no traffic.