Cycling Felton Empire Road
Ride 3.6 miles gaining 1,445’ at 7.6% average grade.
This climb reminds us of Alba Road, the most difficult bike climb in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Both climbs are very steep and surrounded by redwood forest throughout.
Felton Empire Grade begins from the Santa Cruz Mountain bike climbing hub of Felton (2010 pop. 4,057). The climb is on a moderately busy road with no shoulder and it is very dark along the route, particularly near the top. We very much enjoy this climb and recommend it if you are in the area.
The town of Felton dates to 1868, and the oldest grave in this cemetery is from the 1880’s.
The climb ends at one of the climbing hubs of the Santa Cruz Mountains: Empire Grade, Ice Cream Grade, and Felton-Empire Grade.
Felton is the bike climbing center of the Santa Cruz Mountains - here is a nice route from Felton that takes in five climbs: Felton Empire Road, Empire Grade, Ice Cream Grade, Bonny Doon, and Zayante. Here is a map of the 77-mile route with 9,366 of vertical feet.
That’s a wrap!!