Nine Mile Canyon Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

10.5
FIETS
15.7 mi
DISTANCE
5,044 ft
GAINED
6 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA

INTRO

The Nine Mile Canyon Climb is really 15.7 miles.  The climb begins a bit west of Death Valley, and the temperatures during the summer can be stifling. The average high temperature during July and August exceeds 100 degrees. The scenery through the first 10 miles is high desert, stark and barren, but does give way to a slightly more alpine-like setting as we climb.  Miles 2-4 are 8.1%, mile 5 averages 8.9%, while miles 8.2-9.2 spike to 10% average (very tough in 100 degree weather).
Average grade is 6% (6.4% climb only).  46% of the climb is at 5-10% and 14% is at 10-15%.   The steepest quarter-mile is 12.2%. 

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Roadway:  Two lane road in good condition with no shoulder.

Traffic:  Minimal.

Parking:  Just off Highway 395 at the start of the climb - MapStreet View
Provisions:  None on the climb.  There is a gas station with snacks and beverages three miles south on Highway 395 (just past the Uniroyal Gal statue on the east side of Highway 395) or 8.7 miles past the finish of the climb at Kennedy Meadows Store - Map

Weather:  This climb begins in the Mojave Desert, so beware the brutally hot summers.  The average high from June-August is 98-102 degrees. 


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We've done the Nine Mile Canyon - Sherman Pass West out-and-back and it is a pure brute - 137 miles and 17,700' gained (Map).  

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Difficulty: Strenuous
4.5
Road
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Traffic
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May 9, 2024
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
May 9, 2024
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
Very exposed to the sun throughout the ride. Weather was cool when I did it on 5/8/24, but I would not want to do it when it is hotter. Some good steep ramps provide a good climbing challenge. Not the most stunning views, but overall pretty enjoyable. Road surface was good, especially on the Inyo county side.
May 29, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 3
traffic: 4
road: 5
May 29, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 4
road: 5
Hot hot hot! Started at 105 degrees getting up to 118 degrees. Don’t start this climb at 1pm even in May. You are out in the open the entire climb with no shade. Some cars but the road is wide enough they don’t bother you. Nice climb off the beaten path!
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Cycling the eastern Sierra Nevada Nine Mile Canyon Road.

This bike climb beginning on Hwy 395 is a worthwhile undertaking.

Ride your bike 15.7 miles gaining 5,170’ to 7,580’ at 6% average grade.

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Start of the climb.

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Did you say “God forsaken?” . . O.k., we’ll give you that!

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PJAMM’s Stacy Topping - Chasing the US Top 100!

Another one down . . .

The Nine Mile Canyon Road climb begins a bit west of Death Valley, and the temperatures during the summer can be stifling.  The average high temperature during July and August exceeds 100 degrees.  The scenery through the first 10 miles is high desert, stark and barren - but we must say it is a exceptional cycling experience.   Miles 2-4 are 8.1%, mile 5 averages 8.9% while miles 8.2-9.2 spike to 10% average, which can present a challenge in 100 degree weather.  

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Photo of steepest quarter mile - average 12.4% - hits 15%

Bill and John back at the start after their

2012 Nine Mile Canyon/Sherman Pass out-and-back

During the summer months, and even in cooler weather, this is a very challenging climb.

Traffic and Roadway report:  The roadway surface is good throughout the ride with two lanes divided by a center line for the first 10 miles.  There is minimal traffic along this route and the roadway has a safe feel to it.

The steepest ¼ mile on this climb begins at mile 8.2 and is 12.4%.  The steepest mile beings at the same location as the steepest ¼ mile and is 10.6%.

Steepest ½ mile begins at mile 8.3 and is 11%.