Kitchen Creek Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

11.5 mi
DISTANCE
2,680 ft
GAINED
4.1 %
AVG. GRADE

4.1 FIETS
FULL CLIMB STATS

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​Kitchen Creek Road on Mt. Laguna is a San Diego County outlier (56 miles east of San Diego in the Cleveland National Forest). There are no houses and no provisions along this 11.3 mile ride, so come prepared.  It can be tortuously hot with desert-like conditions during the summer.  
The average grade of 4.1% increases to 4.9% by eliminating descent from the gradient equation.  37% (4.4 miles) of the climb is at 0-5%, and 52% (5.9 miles) 5-10%.  The grade never exceeds 10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 8.1% and steepest continuous mile is 7.5%.

Consult the PJAMM "Full Forecast" feature for the time you expect to arrive at the finish to assess what clothing to bring on your ride.
Roadway:  The first 5.25 miles on Kitchen Creek Road are in very good condition.  The last six miles after the gate are a little rougher but still very good.

Traffic:  Minimal for the first 5.25 miles to the gate.  Zero traffic after the gate.

Parking:  At the start of the climb -  Map;  Street View
Provisions:  This is a remote climb and there is no place for food or water along the route.  There are food and beverages available at the Laguna Mountain Lodge and Store 15 miles up the mountain from the start of the climb - Map;  Street View.

Weather:  It gets hot out here so be sure to consult the PJAMM "Full Forecast" feature for assess what clothing and provisions to bring for the climb. 

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Kitchen Creek Road on Mt. Laguna is a San Diego County outlier (56 miles east of San Diego in the Cleveland National Forest).  There are no houses and no provisions along this 11.3 mile ride, so come prepared (it can be tortuously hot with desert-like conditions during the summer).  

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Kitchen Creek Road dead ends at a gate at mile 5.25 (ater 1,186’ at 3.5%).  The next 6 miles are at 4.9%, gaining 1,625’.  At the gate at mile 5.25, motor vehicle traffic must turn back (although there is really minimal traffic along this road) and we have another 6 miles on a single lane roughly paved road riding up towards, but not reaching, Mt. Laguna peak (we can travel another 3.1 miles (285’) to Mt. Laguna and Laguna Mountain Lodge and Store for a rest and provisions before the trip back to the start.

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We pulled up a few miles short of the finish due to inclement weather.  We did the entire climb on the 2012 Mt. Laguna Bicycle Classic.  

Roadway surface and traffic:  There is minimal to no traffic along this climb.  The first 5.25 miles of roadway is excellent, the next  and the second half is closed to motor traffic and paved, but a bit rough.