Skyline Drive West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3
FIETS
3.2 mi
DISTANCE
1,288 ft
GAINED
7.6 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Dan Razum, Mountainview, California

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This 3.2 mile bike climb is located in OK, USA. The average gradient is 7.6% and there is a total elevation gain of 1,288 ft, finishing at 2,618 ft.

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Cycling Skyline Drive West

Ride 3.2 miles gaining 1,288’ at 7.6% average grade.

Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum, San Jose, California.

This is a fairly isolated climb along Talimena Scenic Drive.  It is a rural road, with no houses or services along the way and so also there is not much traffic.

The steepest section is near the beginning, after that the gradient isn't too bad. And the road is fairly straight, with a wide radius on the curves.  

The road surface is chipseal, in decent condition for the first mile or so but it becomes a bit rough after that. The roughness is more noticeable on the descent; we had to use the brakes quite a bit on the way down because of the rough surface.  But there wasn't any loose gravel, which is good.

The top of the climb is at an overlook, with a nice view of the surrounding mountains.  The road continues on along the ridgeline towards the Arkansas state line, for those interested in adding miles to the ride.

When we did this climb we parked at Pipe Springs Picnic Area on Route 259.  There is a dirt road at the picnic area which comes out at the base of the climb on Route 1.  The dirt road is a around 2 miles long and it is entirely doable on a road bike, except perhaps after a heavy rain, when it might become too muddy.

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