North Cheyenne Canyon Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

North Cheyenne Canyon

CO, USA

All the cycling data and info you'll need to climb North Cheyenne Canyon

Page Contributor(s): Ben Loftin, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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Climb Summary


Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - two cyclists on roadway near stone sign for North Cheyenne Cañon

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs

Ride 3.2 miles gaining 1,220’ to elevation 7,487’ at 7.2% average grade.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, one lane road surrounded by thick forestation with sign stating that bikes may use full lane, bike parked next to stone sign for North Cheyenne Cañon, aerial view looking down over u-shaped curve in roadway next to tall rock outcropping, bike leaned against red dirt/rock area overlooking distant views below

This bike climb is through beautiful North Cheyenne Cañon Regional Park. The park is a National Register of Historic Places, and rightly so.  This is a superb ride that anyone living in or visiting the Colorado Springs area should experience...in addition to Pikes Peak (egads!).

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - PJAMM Cycling's white SAG van in parking lot, cyclists leaving from van, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, stone sign for Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, bike parked at visitor center entrance, bike parked against green fence overlooking creekbed, stone sign for Starsmore Discovery Center

Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center as at the beginning of the climb:

Cherished as a local landmark for many years, this stone building was originally the home of the Starsmore family. It was purchased by the City of Colorado Springs and moved to its present location in 1992. It serves as an introduction to Cheyenne Cañon Park and its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, wildflowers and wildlife. Here you will discover activities for guests of all ages.  (Colorado Springs)

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, informational signs at North Cheyenne Cañon Park

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, bike parked on low beam over creek with small waterfall, bike parked on hillside overlooking creekbed

The ride runs along North Cheyenne Creek until the final hairpin before the finish.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, warning sign on roadside for last turn around before road becomes steep and extremely icy

Warning at mile 1.1.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - views along climb of North Cheyenne Cañon, photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, climb map and gradient profile, thumbs up

We ride through North Cheyenne Cañon for most of this climb.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, views at Helen Hunt Falls and Visitor Center, bike parked at various locations

Helen Hunt Falls and Visitor Center at mile 2.7.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, informational signs at Hellen Hunt Falls

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, pavement ends at climb's finish, road becomes dirt

Climb’s Finish.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, bike laying down in center of parking lot area, dirt road, bike parked next to sign for High Drive and Lower Gold Camp Road

Continue left onto High Drive for views of North Cheyenne Cañon, or . . .

right onto Lower Gold Camp Road for views of Colorado Springs.  

Both roads are manageable dirt and gravel, Lower Gold more so than High Drive.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, sticker on gate reads "Open to pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians only at this point", gravel/dirt road beyond gate

High drive is doable on a road bike -- I used 28mm on my Roubaix for this climb and it worked ok.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, views looking down on North Cheyenne Cañon, rock formations, evergreen trees, canyon

Continue on High Drive for some great views of North Cheyenne Cañon.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - view looking down North Cheyenne Cañon from above, road snakes through canyon, surrounded entirely by thick evergreen tree forestation, mountains

View down at North Cheyenne Canyon from High Drive.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, panoramic views looking down on Colorado Springs from above from Lower Gold Camp Road, Garmin device reading 7,381 feet, dirt road surrounded by tall rock formations, sign warning of "Road Damage Proceed with Caution"

Lower Gold Camp Road.

I rode down one mile, and what an experience!

One mile down Lower Gold Camp Road you have extraordinary views of Colorado Springs.  The road is easily managed on a road bike and there is a very cool tunnel along the way.

Cycling North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, bike parked at entrance of dark cave carved into hillside, craggy, sharp brown rocks surround cave entrance, Garmin device inside cave reads -4% grade

Traffic and Roadway Surface Report: The 3.2 miles of paved road on this climb are pristine, and there is moderate but  slow moving traffic.  This is simply an exceptional climb that we highly recommend.