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Cycling Cole Grade
Ride 2.1 miles gaining 860’ at 7.9% average grade.
Pauma Valley is ideal for growing oranges and climbing by bike. While the Cole Grade climb is not worthy of a special trip to the Pauma Valley, do consider it if you are there to ride the 2 Goliaths of the valley, Palomar Mountain and Nate Harrison Grade. In fact, Cole Grade Road is almost directly across from Nate Harrison Grade Road. The grade is fairly steady at about 8% and the road is in excellent shape. As we climb, there are nice views of the giant switchbacks of Nate Harrison Grade carved into the mountain across the valley to the northeast.
Begin the climb 1 mile up Cole Grade Road after turning off Hwy 76.
Now that is a GRADE!
Nate Harrison Grade hairpins across citrus groves photo center.
Nate Harrison Grade as seen from near the top of Cole Grade Road.