Hwy 18 - Old Waterman Canyon Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

9.1
FIETS
12.7 mi
DISTANCE
4,381 ft
GAINED
6.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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Highway 18-Old Waterman Canyon is a fairly gradual climb, but for the 2.9 miles at 8.8% along Old Waterman Canyon Road. Other than the by-pass off of Highway 18 for the 2.9 miles of Old Waterman Canyon, this is a seemingly treacherous ride. 
"This route includes single lane on steep Old Waterman Canyon Road. After 1.1 miles on four lane Route 18 turn right onto Old Waterman Canyon Road. Soon you descend a short distance but then the grade steepens as you climb a narrow and twisty road. After 3.2 miles get back on Route 18 to continue. This final section is over moderate grade and again four lanes and traffic most days. Toward the top the grade eases and the listed climb ends in the small community of Crest Forest." (This quote presented with the approval of John Summerson from The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in California, p 204)
Average grade 6.4%.  57% of the climb is at grades 5-10%.  The steepest quarter mile is 11.5% and mile 9.5%.

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Roadway:  On busy highway 18 for all but 3 miles.  The road is i good condition but is a 4 lane highway until mile 8.2 and thereafter still a busy 2 lane highway with not much shoulder to speak of. 

Traffic:  Heavy - this climb is not recommended. 

Parking:  On the street on E 48th Street at climb start - Map;  Street View. 
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Hwy 18-Old Waterman Canyon is a fairly gradual climb, but for the 2.9 miles at 8.8% along Old Waterman Canyon Rd. Other than the by-pass off of Hwy 18 for the 2.9 miles of Old Waterman Canyon, this is a seemingly treacherous ride. The road, for the first mile before the Old Waterman cut-off and for the remaining 9 miles after merging back onto the Highway (more like freeway) at the top of Old Waterman, is busy with very fast moving traffic and a narrow shoulder for most of the climb. We do not recommend this ride because of the narrow shoulder and fast traffic. 

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Cycling Old Waterman Canyon/Hwy 18 - a Top US bike climb

Ride 12.7 miles gaining 4,735’ to elevation 5,678 at 6.4% average grade.

Freeway conditions for most of the climb.

Finish the climb in Rimforest, CA.

Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 7.7 (11.8%) and steepest mile at mile 3 (9.6%)

Hwy 18-Old Waterman Canyon  is a fairly gradual climb, but for the 2.9 miles at 8.8% along Old Waterman Canyon Rd.  Other than the by-pass off of Hwy 18 for the 2.9 miles of Old Waterman Canyon, this is a seemingly treacherous ride.  The road, for the first mile before the Old Waterman cut-off and for the remaining 9 miles after merging back onto the Highway (more like freeway) at the top of Old Waterman, is busy with very fast moving  traffic and a narrow shoulder for most of the climb.  We do not recommend this ride because of the narrow shoulder and fast traffic.   The roadway and traffic is readily assessed via our YouTube video.

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