Hwy 31 West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

13.4 mi
3,912 ft
5.4 %


Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA.


This #75 US Top 100 bike climb is situated in the center of Utah, 95 miles due south of Salt Lake City and 215 miles north of Zion National Park.  The views are good (canyon and forest) after the first couple of miles. We were limited in our observations of distant vistas due to rain when we made this climb on August 4, 2014. The crux of the climb is from miles 2-6.5 (1,875' at 7.9% average grade).  
"Route 31 is an interesting and difficult climb up into the high country of central Utah on a road that sees little traffic most of the time. There is fairly stout grade over the first 2/3rd of the hill as the road heads up the ridge through multiple turns. Towards the top the slope eases up to its unmarked top..." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson from his book, 50 Climbs (by Bike) in Utah, pg. 126.)
5.3% average grade (6% with descent eliminated) - 33% of the climb is at 0-5% and 54% is at 5-10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 9.8% and steepest mile 8.5%.

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Roadway:  Two lane highway in good condition with a narrow shoulder for part of the climb and no shoulder for much of the climb. 

Traffic: Light. 

Parking:  Near the start or ask if you can park at the huge parking lot at the gas station adjacent to climb start - MapStreet View
Provisions:  None on the route.  There are provisions in Fairview where the climb begins.

Weather and Gear:  We finish the climb at nearly 10,000, 4,000' higher than were we begin, so be sure to 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.
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This is an outlier Utah bike climb.  We did this climb on our way to Zion, but that makes for a very long day - you may prefer to stay in Fairview if you are ticking off your Top US and/or Utah bike climbs - Google Map - Hotels near Fairview.



Difficulty: Challenging



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Mar 26, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
Mar 26, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
The west side of Hwy 31 is a long hill with some solid grade and is somewhat of an unknown bigger climb. Quite isolated, the start lets you warmup and then you enter a canyon which contains the stoutest grade on the hill. Closer to the top you emerge into alpine terrain and the pedaling gets easier. You finish just under 10,000 feet. A bit of work to get here but worth the effort.

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Cycling Hwy 153 Utah - this bike climb is in the dead center of the state.

Ride 13.4 miles gaining 3,930’ to elevation 9,794 at 5.4% average grade.

This climb is situated in the center of Utah, 80 miles from the start of Top 100 U.S. Climbs  #14 (Guardsman Pass) and 152 miles north of #76 (Hwy 153).  The views are good  (canyon and forest) after the first couple of miles.  We were limited in our observations of  distant vistas due to rain when we made this climb on August 4, 2014.  The crux of the  climb is from miles 2-6.5 (1,875' at 7.9% average grade).

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Climb begins in . . . well . . . you guessed it . . .

Ride west on Hwy 31 to start the climb.

Scenic Byway begins at about mile 2.

It’s a bit, but not overly serpentine.

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Ron Hawks working his way up the climb.

Note that we have named the climb to track John Summerson’s The Complete Guide to Climbing (by bike) 2nd Edition p. 220, but this climb is more commonly known as “Fairview Canyon.”  (Thanks to Richard Stum, Mt. Pleasant, UT for this information).  

You will get a very good sense of the climb viewing our YouTube video.

Steepest ¼ miles begins at mile 4.9 (9.5%) and mile at 5.3 (8.6%)

Roadway and Traffic Report: There is moderate traffic along this route (minimal during the second half of the climb) and the roadway surface was very good as of August, 2014.

Thank you Stacy . . . and . . .

. . . well . . . you too, Bruce!  😃👍

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