Cycling Hwy 157 (Kyle Canyon and Mt. Charleston)
#70 on the Top US Bike Climb List
21.2 miles gaining 5,070’ to 7,847’ at 4.5% average grade.
PJAMM at on Kyle Canyon - 1st of 4 climbs that day.
At around 9 miles we begin to enter a canyon-like setting with more scenic views.
Just past Echo Way on way to Mt. Charleston Lodge.
We enter Spring Mountain National Recreation Area at mile 12.2 and reach the turnoff to the #49 Hwy 157-158 climb at mile 17.5 (3,986' climbed at 4.6% average grade to that point), but continue straight on Hwy 157. At mile 20.3 continue straight onto Echo Way (Hwy 157 hits a left 180 degree switchback at the juncture) and continue on and up to the right as Crestview hits an uphill sharp right switchback in .4 miles (mile 20.7) and eventually turns into Crestview Way. Stay on Crestview a short distance and then turn left on Kris Kringle St (mile 21.0) for the final 1/10 mile to the highest point on this climb (the stats after turning onto Echo Way are .9 miles, 272' at 7%).
High point of Kyle Canyon bike climb.
Mt. Charleston is within the Mount Charleston Wilderness. Mount Charleston Wilderness area is within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Mt. Charleston Lodge just past Echo Way - stay straight on Hwy 157 past Echo Way, or
turn right on your way back down from Echo
This climb can be extremely hot and probably should be avoided between June and August when the average temperatures range from 99 to 104.
After descending from the last .9 miles up to Kris Kringle, if you are up to it, turn right where Echo Way intersects Hwy 157 and travel .4 miles at 2.8% up to Mt. Charleston Lodge where you can likely obtain provisions and/or a meal (as of November, 2014 this resort had a restaurant and general store).
This climb can be done in conjunction with 3 other climbs in the immediate area (#24 Hwy 156 which shares its first 14 miles with #34 Hwy 156/158 climb, and Hwy #49 Hwy 157-158, which shares its first 17.5 miles with this Mt. Charleston climb). Be cautious if doing this ride without support as the only provisions are likely to be at the Mt Charleston Lodge at the end of Hwy 157 - support is highly recommended for any effort involving Lee and Kyle Canyons in the same ride. Undertaking these 4 climbs in one day is about 90 miles of riding and 12,000' of climbing, but you can actually fly into Las Vegas very early and get er done that day, if you really want to punish yourself!
You will get a very good sense of the climb viewing our YouTube video.
Traffic and Roadway report: As of October, 2014, the roadway surface was excellent throughout this ride. There is a designated shoulder area on both sides of the roadway from the beginning of the climb to the 158 turn off at mile 17.5 For much of the first half of the ride, traffic can whiz by at highway speeds. Traffic for the last 4 miles on Hwy 157 is very light.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 20.4 (8.9%) and mile at 19.9 (7.2%)