Cycling Hwy 38-Valley of Falls - the first 6 miles overlap with Onyx Summit bike climb.
Ride 14.9 miles gaining 4,450’ to elevation 6,025’ at 5.4% average grade.
This climb begins very gradually and through uninspiring landscape (if one were looking for the most scenic v. most challenging ride, begin this climb at mile 4.3 at the intersection of Hwy 38 and Bryant St - shaving off several miles of heavy and fast traffic and un-scenic views, but also 880' @ 3.9%).
We enter San Bernardino National Forest at about mile 5.5, but continue on a very busy road (although with a very wide shoulder - see YouTube Playlist) for another 5.1 miles (at 5.7% average grade) until the fork of Hwy 38 and Valley of the Falls Drive (at mile 10.6).
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)