Hwy 38 - Valley of the Falls Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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10.6 mi
DISTANCE
3,373 ft
GAINED
6 %
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INTRO

This climb begins very gradually and through a canyon on fairly busy Highway 38.  At mile six veer right onto Valley of Falls Road for the final rural and rustic climb to the finish at Big Falls Trailhead.  
6.2% average grade (6.5% climb only).  62% of the climb is in the 5-10% range and 5.6% is at 10-15%. 

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Roadway: The first six miles are on a state highway that is in good condition with a wide shoulder and rumble strips separating the traffic from bike lane. 

Traffic:  First six miles on the highway are moderate to busy.  The last four miles on Valley of Falls Road traffic is mild. 

Parking:  There is a public parking lot at the Mill Creek Visitor Center - MapStreet View. 
Provisions:  There is a restaurant and store in Forest Falls at mile 9.2.
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Cycling Hwy 38-Valley of Falls - the first 6 miles overlap with Onyx Summit bike climb.

Ride 10.3 miles gaining 3,413’ to elevation 6,025’ at 6.2% average grade.

This climb begins very gradually and through uninspiring landscape.

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We enter San Bernardino National Forest  early in the climb on a very busy road (although with a very wide shoulder).

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The final 4.2 miles on Valley of the Falls  Drive is through  a canyon setting which becomes very forested and scenic at about the  12 miles mark.  The climb from the fork to the top of the climb is 4.2 miles at 6.9% average  grade.

 As of  August, 2019 there is a Mexican restaurant and Elkhorn General Store at  mile 13.8.

 

Climb ends at the park at the end of the road.


     Top 100 rides in a 50 mile radius are #44 Hwy 330 8.5 miles northwest,  #47 Hwy 18/Old Waterman Canyon    15 miles northwest, and #19 Mt. Baldy 40 miles west.

Steepest ¼ mile and mile begins at mile 13.2 (11.3% and 8.2% respectively)