Towne Pass West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Towne Pass West


There's a lot of "Straight" in Death Valley!

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Climb Summary

Climb Summary

This is one of the more scenic (along with Dantes View) Death Valley climbs.  The first 1.5 miles of the climb are mild but miles 1.5-5.25 average 7.9% (there is a mile stretch from about mile 4.25 to 5.25 that averages 9.7%).  The start of the climb is pure Death Valley - what seems to be an endless stretch of straight, flat pavement in front of us (but it's not flat!).  

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By the 3 mile mark we begin to leave the desert floor behind and enter more hilly/mountainous terrain with exceptional views of the valley to our left and behind us as we climb.  By mile 6 we are entering canyon-like terrain which is stark and without any appreciable vegetation and certainly no greenery - but these stark Mars and Moon-scapes are part of the allure and beauty of Death Valley.  See YouTube video for a true sense of this climb.



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Steepest ¼ mile and mile begins at mile 4.2 (14.2% and 9.8% respectively)

We stayed at the Panamint Springs Resort which has a restaurant, bar, market and gas station - the accommodations are a little rugged but we have no complaints about the place as of October, 2014, other than gas prices there were 30% greater than in Stovepipe Wells 20 miles east.  

The other Top 100 climbs in Death Valley are #49 Townes Pass East, #55 Wildrose , #72 Daylight Pass and #80 Dantes View.

Weather: Do NOT attempt these climbs in the summer when the average​ temperatures range from 101-116 between May and September.

 Traffic and Roadway report:  As of September, 2014, the roadway surface was excellent throughout this ride and there seemed less traffic on this side of the pass, although that may have been due to our early start time.