Skyline Drive - North Gate - Hogback Peak Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

2.2
FIETS
20.4 mi
DISTANCE
3,853 ft
GAINED
2.6 %
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This 20.4 mile bike climb is located in VA, USA. The average gradient is 2.6% and there is a total elevation gain of 3,853 ft, finishing at 3,192 ft.

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Difficulty: Moderate
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4
Traffic
4
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Nov 18, 2023
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 5
Nov 18, 2023
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 5
Note that I rated the traffic based on time of year. Did this climb Friday evening, 11/17/2023. If you time it right, you will pass more wildlife than cars, and even then the cars are quite pleasant. You can park right after you turn onto skyline drive at the hiking trail to avoid any road traffic. Visitors center is ~4 miles up the road in case you need to use restrooms, etc. It really is a combination of climbs versus a single climb, with multiple 600-1200 feet per effort separated by a fast downhill/plateau and most of the gradients sitting right around 6%. Scenic overviews on both sides on the way up. Pavement is silky smooth and without potholes. No problems descending even after dark.
Apr 23, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 4
traffic: 3
road: 5
Apr 23, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 3
road: 5
Considering the elevation gain, this does not feel like a very arduous climb. The gradient is moderate and consistent. The scenery is beautiful despite lacking the "drama" of more alpine climbs. Spring and summer provide lush green foliage and the fall provides spectacular colors. Beware of peak traffic during "peak leaf" season...it can be a challenge to even get to a nearby starting point at the weekend and traffic on Skyline drive can be almost bumper to bumper. There are many lookouts across both sides of the ridge but limited places to get water, so plan ahead.
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