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Cycling Hwy 153 up to Eagle Point Ski Resort - a Top 100 US Bike Climb.
Ride 18 miles gaining 4,530’ to elevation 10,308 at 4.5% average grade.
This climb begins just east of Beaver, UT (a small town of about 3,000) and ends on Elk Meadows Dr at Eagle Point Ski Resort. If coming from Salt Lake City, this is the first of the 3 southern Utah Top 100 Climbs (37 miles north of #36 Hwy 143 and 102 miles north of #75 Kolob Terrace).
Begin climb in Beaver - southwest Utah (pop. 3,112 in 2010; elevation 5,902’)
The first 5 miles of the climb are very mild (510' @ 1.8%) while the final 13 miles average 5.5% and the last mile on Elk Meadows Drive averages 8.7%. We enter Fishlake National Forest at mile 2.3 and remain in this park for the remainder of the ride (no fee for entry).
Fishlake National Forest (est 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt; 1,461,226 acres).
After the first couple of miles we are surrounded by forest and follow a canyon up the mountain. There are also some great views of rock formations as we occasionally ride beside or in sight of the Beaver River. This is a beautiful and scenic ride as can be seen from our YouTube playlistof the climb.
We are surrounded by thick forest and rock formations much of the climb.
View down from 10 miles
8th of 10 top 100 Climbs on our 2014 Utah cycling trip.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 14.5 (11.5%) and steepest mile at 16.3 (9.6%)
Traffic and Roadway report: As of August, 2014, the roadway surface was very good, but there is minimal shoulder although there is also minimal traffic along the route.