Bear Camp East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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FIETS
20.2 mi
DISTANCE
4,490 ft
GAINED
3.7 %
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A very remote and interesting bike climb in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

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Apr 7, 2021
The east side of this road was in much better condition than the west side when I saw it. If you are considering riding the entire road, I suggest not doing it alone and doing some research beforehand.
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They don’t leave much doubt about the remote and risky nature of these climbs!

​​ Wow!  Read and heed the sign (photo) – this is an all-time classic warning sign and is a bit appropriate as we barely finished this one, getting ourselves into a pickle with adverse weather towards the top of the climb (and then pushing on down and then back up the western Bear Camp ascent – when will we learn!). Beware that there are NO provisions and very little traffic and no civilization on this ultra-remote climb – well, that’s why it is EPIC!  The east side of Bear Camp is a tale of 3 climbs (a) the first 4 miles are at 3%, (b) the next 5 miles are at 8.2%, gaining 2,350’ and (c) the final 11 miles are back to 3% average grade.  We are surrounded by forest which borders the roadway most of the ascent, thus blocking distant views. There is a viewpoint at the end of the climb “Bear Camp Overlook” in fact!  However, we were there on a miserable rainy overcast day which drastically limited views from the upper section of the climb. The roadway surface is very rough and this is a single lane road.  There is very little traffic and the traffic we encountered was slow to react to us – we are certain drivers do not expect to see cyclists out there, so be very cautious. ​

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Enter the National Forest at 13.4

Old sign - forest as of 2004 is the combined Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Established 2004; 1,723,179 acres.

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It was miserable weather during our May, 2016 trip.

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Source:  The Weather Channel and Wikipedia.