Daylight Pass (Beatty Road) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Daylight Pass (Beatty Road)


All the cycling data and info you'll need to climb Daylight Pass (Beatty Road)

Explore this Climb

PJAMM Cycling LogoDark Sky logo



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 Daylight Pass Death Valley - view of road and valley below

View back down to Death Valley from Beatty Rd/Daylight Pass Rd while cycling up Daylight Pass

Ride 12.8 miles gaining 4,131’ to elevation 4,314’ at 6.1% average grade.

Visit our Death Valley National Park page 

The climb begins in the heart of Death Valley National Park and ends just west of the California/Nevada state line. This is the easier approach to Daylight Pass and shares its last 6 miles with the Daylight Pass Road climb (Daylight Pass Road to Junction: 6.6 miles at 6.1% gaining 2,109’; Beatty Road to Junction: 9.8 miles at 4.6% gaining 2,391’).  From the junction to the Pass is 6 miles at 6.3% gaining 1,950’

 The first several miles of this climb are on a long, straight road that can be demoralizing in the heat. Views along this route while not as spectacular as Dantes View or Artist Drive are very good and this is a climb well worth your time if you are travelling to Death Valley for a cycling trip. There is no water along this route and bringing enough (too much) water is highly recommended.

Bike climb Daylight Pass Death Valley - road and mountains 

Start climb at the intersection Beatty Road and Hwy 190

Mile 9.8 is the merge of Daylight Pass and Beatty Cutoff Roads (Hell's Gate - view on banner photo, above) where there is a picnic table and shade.

Junction of Daylight Pass Road (left) and Beatty Road (right).

Daylight Pass is 6 miles through the canyon above the junction.

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley - PJAMM Stacy Topping on road with bike

Stacy taunting Death Valley at Hell’s Gate  😈

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley , road and mountains

Beatty-Daylight Pass Junction.

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley , road and mountains

The only shade in 13 miles - junction Beatty-Daylight Pass Roads.

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley , road and mountains

Just past junction of Beatty and Daylight Pass Roads.  

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley , road and mountains

Stark desert scenes and formations along the climb.

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley , road and mountains

Mile 8 - Corkscrew Peak upper right third of photo.

Bicycle ride Daylight Pass Death Valley - bicyclist on bike on road

Mile markers from the start of the climb to the pass.

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley , road and mountains

Bring lights if you start mid afternoon or later -

There can be a brutal headwind climbing Daylight Pass.

    Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley - cyclist at pass sign with bike

PJAMM finishing up #6 of our 10 DV climbs in 2014.

That’s a wrap!!

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley - bike leaning against state border nevada sign 

Finish is at the California-Nevada border


National Park Service Death Valley Weather Chart

Dangerously hot during the day from June through September with average monthly highs during that time ranging from 106 to 116.5.  Cycling is not recommended during the summer and certainly never without good SAG support.  The heat can be stifling (if not truly dangerous) and supplies are few and far between.  

The hottest temperature ever recorded on earth was in Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913 (134℉/56.7℃) and, while that record has been challenged, the “alternate” record is also held by Death Valley (2013 in a tie with Mitribah, Kuwait in 2016 at 129.2℉/54.0℃).

  Traffic and Roadway report:  As of October, 2019, the roadway surface was good condition throughout this ride but the shoulder is fairly narrow.  There is minimal (similar to Daylight Pass the 2 times we have climbed this route) but the occasional vehicles can move whiz by at 60-65 mph.