Mix Canyon Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7
FIETS
4 mi
DISTANCE
2,192 ft
GAINED
10.5 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Tony Buffington, Woodland Hills, CA, USA

INTRO

​​Mix Canyon is a short but very challenging climb near Vacaville, CA. The grade increases with each mile – mile one is 5.8%, mile two 8.8%, mile three 12.8% and, finally, the coup de grace - a whopping 13.4% for mile four. There are not many dramatic views (a couple of opportunities eastward down towards the Vacaville/Fairfield area towards the top). What makes this climb notable is the significant and difficult grade over the lasts two miles.
The Mix Canyon Road climb is all about STEEP.  Average grade is 10.5% with 0 descent.  33% of the climb is at 10-15% and 16% is at 15-20%.  The steepest quarter mile is 17.2% and steepest mile 15.8%.  Mix Canyon is the second steepest mile in California (after Socrates Mine Road in Lake County), and the steepest 2 1/2 miles in CA (#8 US). 

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Roadway:  The road is in average condition as of 2020.  Caution must be exercised on the descent as there are rough spots on the road, potential debris and a couple hairpins that you approach at a double digit grade.

Traffic:  Minimal.

Parking:  There are many spots to park along the road on the way to the climb.  We have parked at the corner of Mix Road and Pleasant Valley Road and warmed up for the ~mile to the climb start.  Map; Street View. 
Provisions:  There are no spots for food or water along the climb.  It can get hot in this area during the summer so bring plenty of water. 

Equipment:  Bring a bike with gearing to suit your climbing ability - this is a very steep and difficult bike climb. 
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Apr 9, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 3
Apr 9, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 3
A very unique climb, narrow, hidden and goes nowhere but one you definitely want to do if you like steeps. The last half is difficult climbing through a few tight turns. The descent is hair raising and can be challenging.
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Cycling Mix Canyon Road

Ride a mere four miles, but at a stout 10.5% average grade.

​​Mix Canyon is a short but very challenging climb near Vacaville, California and is the seventh steepest 2.5 mile road bike climb segment in the U.S., and the steepest in California. The grade increases with each mile – the first mile is 5.8%, mile two is 8.8%, mile three is 12.8% and, finally, the coup de grace: a whopping 13.4% for mile four.  There are not many dramatic views, with the exception of a couple of opportunities eastward down towards the Vacaville/Fairfield area near the top of the climb.  What makes this climb notable is the significant and difficult grade over the last two miles.  

A windy, narrow road through a canyon with minimal distant views.

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The finish is at the “Y” up to the radio towers (left) and Blue Ridge Road (right).  

     There are no Top 100 rides in the near vicinity and this is not a “destination climb,” but it is a unique ride that is worthwhile if you happen to be travelling through or live in the area.

Views near the top on a clear day.

Photos clockwise from top left:  North; northeast; east; west.

Photos by Tony Buffington, Woodland, CA


Traffic and Roadway Surface Report:  The roadway is very narrow, essentially a wide one-laner the entire route.  The roadway surface is in moderate to somewhat poor condition in spots.  However, despite being fairly narrow, the road is safe as it has very little traffic.  The descent is technical and caution is mandatory due to the incredibly steep grade and narrow width of the roadway. The road dead-ends at a no trespass sign at the top, about 4.75 miles from the beginning of Mix Canyon Road.

Spooky at the end on a late finishing night 9-25-15.