Claremont to Grizzly Peak Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Claremont to Grizzly Peak

CA, USA

Ride from the historica Claremont Hotel to Grizzly Peaks vista point.

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Climb Summary


Cycling to Grizzly Peak from Claremont, California - panoramic view of bay area and bay from above

Cycling to Grizzly Peak from Claremont, California

Ride 3.6 miles gaining 1,320’ at 6.8% average grade.

This climb is all about the start: you begin at the historic Claremont Hotel and are soon met with a very steep grade.  After a three-quarter mile warm up at 6.8% we ride a full mile at 11.2% (one quarter of that mile averages 13%).

Cycling to Grizzly Peak from Claremont, California - photo collage, intersection of Grizzly Peak and Claremont, Australian Eucalyptus trees, sign for Tilden Regional Park, bay area views, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Ride on Claremont Ave for two miles at 9.2% to Summit Pass and Grizzly Peak Boulevard.

The final 1.6 miles averages 4%.

This climb begins in the Claremont neighborhood between Berkeley and Oakland.  Claremont originated in 1879 and soon thereafter Telegraph Avenue (named after the first telegraph line in Oakland) was renamed Claremont Avenue. The climb begins adjacent the historic Claremont Hotel.

Cycling to Grizzly Peak from Claremont, California - historic Claremont Hotel

Claremont Hotel

Photo:  Oakland California

Cycling to Grizzly Peak from Claremont, California - grove of Australian Eucalyptus trees, bike parked at base of a giant tree

We pass a handsome grove of Australian Eucalyptus trees at mile 2.3.

In the early 1900’s capitalist and Berkeley resident Frank Colton Havens’ Mahogany Eucalyptus and Land Company  began a eucalyptus farm and planted trees along 14 miles of the Berkeley-Oakland ridgeline (estimated at over 1,000,000 trees).  The trees were planted in expectation of a lumber shortage, but, two problems:  (1) the shortage never materialized and (2) it turned out eucalyptus is not suitable as a building material -- you’d think he would have figured that out a bit shy of 1m trees...??

Cycling to Grizzly Peak from Claremont, California - bike parked against sign reading "Steam Trains"

Tilden South Gate and Pacific Railway is a 15” gauge 1¼ mile railway using 5” scale equipment with rides lasting roughly 12 minutes. As of 2018 ticket prices were $3 (children under 2 ride for free).

Cycling to Grizzly Peak from Claremont, California - historical black and white railroad pictures

Photos:  Steve Hadley, Walnut Creek

Cycling Claremont to Grizzly Peak, California - bike parked on hillside overlooking bay views, the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Mt. Tam all visible in the horizon

Trifecta at Grizzly Peak.

Cycling Claremont to Grizzly Peak, California - bike parked on hillside overlooking bay area views

Cycling Claremont to Grizzly Peak, California - bike parked atop large, graffiti covered fallen log overlooking bay area views