Cycling Big Mountain Summit West
Ride 15 miles gaining 2,700’ to 7,295’ at 3% average grade.
Photo: Little Dell Reservoir, mile 9.5
This climb is located at the eastern edge of Salt Lake City and climbs into the Wasatch Mountain range of the Rocky Mountains skirting and finally entering Wasatch National Forest at mile 7.5
The following summary is from PJAMM friend and contributor Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA.
This climb starts just at the edge of Salt Lake City not too far from downtown.
Utah state capitol building is only 7 miles from the start of our climb.
The early part is a very gradual climb through residential areas. The second half is a bit steeper but not at all difficult. Scenery changes from canyon to open mountains of the Wasatch toward the top.
View as we approach Little Dell Reservoir.
Fairly flat or descending stretch for 3.7 miles beginning at mile 7.7.
The crest at the top of the canyon is called Little Mountain Summit and this climb is also the first section of the Big Mountain Summit West climb.
Little Mountain Summit monument - mile 7.6.
Traffic is heavier on this one than other Wasatch climbs in the area due to the proximity to Salt Lake City. But even on a weekend in summer and the traffic was no problem. It is easy to combine this ride as an out and back to include Big Mountain Summit West and East.
Thank you Bruce!!