Daylight Pass Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Daylight Pass


A very challenging but less scenic Death Valley climb.

Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA

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Climb Summary

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley - view of road and valley below

View back down to Death Valley from Beatty Rd/Daylight Pass Rd while cycling up Daylight Pass

Ride 12.8 miles gaining 4,131’ to elevation 4,314’ at 6.1% average grade.

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The climb begins in the heart of Death Valley National Park and ends just west of the California/Nevada state line. The first several miles of this climb are on a long, straight road that can be demoralizing in the heat. Views along this route do not favor us with some of the spectacular vistas we see on some of the Death Valley Climbs (e.g. Dantes View and Townes Pass West). The sights along the entire climb are of hilly stark terrain with very little vegetation other than scrub brush. We are not aware of water along this route and bringing enough (too much) water is highly recommended. This climb is one of the least scenic of the 5 Top 125 climbs located in Death Valley, but certainly a challenge and can be done in conjunction with #91 Dantes View. The other climbs in Death Valley are #51 Townes Pass East, #56 Wildrose and #105 Townes Pass West. Mile 6.6 is the merge of Daylight Pass and Beatty Cutoff Roads (Hell's Gate - view on banner photo, above) where there is a picnic table and shade.

Bike climb Daylight Pass Death Valley - road and mountains 

Start climb at the intersection of Daylight Pass and Scotty’s Castle Roads

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley - PJAMM Stacy Topping on road with bike

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley , road and mountains

Stark desert scenes and formations along the climb.

Bicycle ride Daylight Pass Death Valley - bicyclist on bike on road

Climbing Daylight Pass Death Valley by bike - straight long road 

There’s more straight on climbs in Death Valley than anywhere else in the US

    Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley - cyclist at pass sign with bike

PJAMM finishing up #6 of our 10 DV climbs in 2014.

Cycling Daylight Pass Death Valley - bike leaning against state border nevada sign 

Finish is at the California-Nevada border

Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 10.4 (8.7%) and mile at 4.6 (7.9%)

Weather: Do NOT attempt these climbs in the summer when the average​ temperatures range from 101-116 between May and September.

Hottest average high temp is July (116 degrees) and low is December (38 degrees)   

  Traffic and Roadway report:  As of October, 2014, the roadway surface was excellent throughout this ride but the shoulder is fairly narrow.  There is minimal but fast moving traffic along this climb.