Shirley Meadows West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Shirley Meadows West

CA, USA

All the cycling data and info you'll need to climb Shirley Meadows West

Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Explore this Climb

PJAMM Cycling LogoDark Sky logo
LOCAL WEATHER

Start
Finish

PJAMM’S CLIMB REPORT

If you love climbing by bike and would like more detailed information on the world’s top bike climbs, join our PJAMM Cycling group and receive our Special Edition Climb Report.
  • Receive a monthly report.
  • Get detailed and entertaining information on the greatest bike climbs and climbing areas throughout the world.
  • Discover beautiful landscapes with drone video and professional photos of remote and exotic places.
  • Gain insider knowledge on where to stay and how to conquer some of the most difficult climbs.

Climb Summary


Cycling Shirley Meadows West

A very long climb at 25 miles, gaining 5,574’ at 3.7% average grade.

This southern Sierra Nevada bike climb begins in the rural and tiny town of Woody (2008 population 135) which is located in the foothills of the Greenhorn Mountains 25 miles north-northeast of Bakersfield.  The last 2.2 miles at 5.3% of the climb overlap the Shirley Meadows East climb.  Shirley Meadows East approaches Rancheria Road (the road to Alta Sierra Ski Area) from the East and Shirley Meadows West approaches from, you guessed it, the West!

Hwy 155 is in excellent shape as of November, 2019.

Junction of Rancheria Road and Hwy 155 - 2.2 miles at 5.3% left.

Summit Station just off Hwy 155

Ron Hawks summary:

This is a fun climb that is more challenging than the stats indicate due to the length.  Much like most of the climbs that start on the western slopes of the Sierras, the scenery is pretty sparse but improves as you rise into lush alpine settings above 5,000 feet.

I've done this climb in the summer and the lack of shade can be a real problem for the first 10+ miles.  If you can start this climb early in the day, you will be glad you did.

Roadway surface and traffic:  Hwy 155 is in excellent shape as of November, 2019 and the climb has minimal traffic and is safe.  

Ron Hawks finishes the climb at Alta Sierra Ski Area

Thanks Ron!