Hwy 180 & 198 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Hwy 180 & 198

CA, USA

Another exceptional climb into the mighty sequoia forest of the southwestern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

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Climb Summary


Cycling Hwy 180-198 Kings Canyon National Park - a very scenic southwestern Sierras bike climb.

Ride 25.6 miles gaining 6,865’ to 7,585’ elevation at 4.5% average grade.


This climb is #44 on the Top 100 U.S. Bike Climb Index and follows Hwy 180 east (E Kings Canyon Road)  to Hwy 198 (Generals Highway) to Big Baldy Trailhead.  

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Enter Kings Canyon National Park at mile 17.1

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2018 entry (up to 7 days) for bicycle was $20.

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We merge with the Hwy 198 climb at mile 18.8

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We are also in the Sequoia National Forest for this climb.

However, there are no Giant Sequoia Redwoods along the road.

However . . .

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Whitaker Forest Ride - turn off is 3.1 miles from our finish (22.4 miles from the start).

Access the ride through tree by turning right at the “Redwood Canyon 2 miles sign”

The ride through tree is 1.2 miles at 7.6% down dirt Forest 14S75 (manageable on road bike).

Turn right onto Whitaker Forest Road at mile 12.5 and ride down about a mile to the "ride through tree" (well, that's what we call it - see slideshow) which is on your right - pretty cool stuff and well worth the ride - go another mile to where the road briefly levels off and you are surrounded by a grove of incredible Sequoia trees.

Nice views along Generals Highway (Hwy 198)

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The Hwy 21-245-180-198, Hwy 180 and Whitaker Forest bike climbs end here.

If we continue past the Big Baldy Trailhead (another 20 miles of rollers +1,663’ and =2,409’) we ride to the largest tree by volume in the world (General Sherman Tree).  

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Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 4.6 (8.9%); steepest mile begins at mile 2.6 (6.6%)