Breckenridge Road West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7.4
FIETS
24.6 mi
DISTANCE
5,950 ft
GAINED
4.1 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Lisa Irizarry, NY, NY

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This 24.6 mile bike climb is located in Kern County, California, USA. The average gradient is 4.1% and there is a total elevation gain of 5,950 ft, finishing at 6,108 ft.

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Difficulty: Challenging
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Apr 26, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 4
Apr 26, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 4
What more can you ask for? No cars awesome desert like sand dune scenery which turns to open range cattle and ultimately wooded. Almost no cars and decent pavement with spotted broken pavement in a few spots. 5 cattle guards to cross. Must do if in the area and closest climb from downtown Bakersfield but be cognizant that it is a long climb and you are out in the open for the first 13 or so miles so if the sun is out you will need more than two water bottles. Over prepare with food and water as there is absolutely nothing out there for the entire climb.
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Cycling Breckenridge West, California - cyclist on bike in center of wide winding roadway, mountains in distance. all of photo is black and white except for cyclist's red jersey and red helmet

Cycling Breckenridge West, California

Ride 24.6 miles gaining 5,950’ at 4.1% average grade (5.5% climb only)

Cycling Breckenridge West, California - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, cyclist on various portions of roadway along the climb, alpine setting, pastureland

This climb begins just 12 miles outside of Bakersfield, CA and is much more gradual in grade, but three times longer in length, than the east side of the pass.  One very scenic (if not epic) part of this climb is the lower quarter which takes us through rolling hills surrounded by nothing more than Southern Sierra grasslands and the view back from around miles 2-6 is simply unique and spectacular.  The smooth topography void of any trees or vegetation other than high brown grass gives the impression of being in the Sahara Desert’s sand dunes, rather than barren hills covered only with grass (see photos - extremely unique scenes).  

   

Cycling Breckenridge West, California - views along the route, Southern Sierra grasslands, hilltops covered in brown grasses

There are no provisions along this route and it gets extremely hot during the late spring and summer, so bring two water bottles and a good size hydration pack and extra food.  The climb ends at unmarked Breckenridge Pass and the more adventurous (nutty?) of us will drop down the east side of Breckenridge Mountain and ride back up Breckenridge East.  Doing this is a very difficult and risky proposition as there is no place for water in this nearly 100 mile trek if you begin in Bakersfield (or 70 miles if you park at the start of Breckenridge West climb).  

Cycling Breckenridge West, California - pastureland views along the climb, brown hilltops covered in brown grass

Roadway Surface and Traffic Report:  Narrow two lane road with no center stripe for the first portion of the climb, turning to a narrow and twisty wide one lane road over the last third of the climb.  There is minimal traffic on this climb.

Cycling Breckenridge West, California - Cyclist Lisa Irizarry stands on bike next to sign for Breckenridge Road, alpine setting, pine trees

Thank you Lisa Irizarry!!