Cycling Mt. Baldy to the summit
Ride 15.9 miles gaining 6,267’ at 7.3% average grade (7.8% climb only)
PJAMM video of the climb.
If this climb were to be ranked on our website it would be #1 California and #5 US. However, although I negotiated the gravel all the way on 28mm tires and a road bike, it is not really manageable enough to justify ranking it as the #1 California climb. However, I strongly suggest you do this ride if you get the chance - perhaps on a gravel bike with big knobby tires. This is a very challenging and fun climb.
Begin at the customary Mt. Baldy start - intersection of Mt. Baldy Road and N. Mills Ave.
Enter Angeles National Forest (est. 1908; 655,387 acres) at mile 2.6.
There are two 50-100 yard tunnels at mile 5.2 to 5.4
Mt. Baldy Lodge Restaurant is a MUST!!
They are extremely bike friendly, even providing ice to cyclists (photo bottom left).
Bear left and stay on Mt. Baldy Road at mile 9.7 where the hairpins begin.
Sharp left at mile 12.4 onto Falls Road.
Turn left just before the road pitches up towards the Mt. Baldy sign, at the top of the traditional Mt. Baldy climb.
Gate at mile 12.8 - it is permissible to ride your bike on this road.
Gravel begins at mile 13 and is 2.8 miles at 9.2% average grade.
Finish as seen 2.3 miles and 9.3% from the finish at Top of the Notch.
Walk about 50 yards beginning at mile 15.4.
We recommend you use mountain bike pedals and shoes for this one.
While it is a challenge getting to the top, it’s a bit painful getting back down on a road bike - just sayin . . .
Top of the Notch - beer served here. 🍻🍻
Daniel Patrick’s bike for the ride up to the top.
32mm tires on a Trek Domane SL6.