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Page Contributor(s): Kris James, Michigan
I only did the ascent and had my GF pick me up at the top. Had just been graded and was VERY loose gravel in a few sections. This time of year would be extremely hard on a road tire. In the warmer, drier summer months I would assume that a road tire wouldn’t be an issue. Amazing switchbacks and great views of the valley below during the entire ride. The climb itself is about 3.75 miles if I remember correctly. I rode a bit extra at the bottom for warmup and a bit extra up top just for the views.
DangerousRoads.org says of this climb ". . . "..a staggering, graded dirt switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa."
Average grade is 6.4% (7% climb only). 18% of the climb is ≥10% grade. The steepest quarter mile is 12.3%.
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Roadway: This is a dirt and gravel roadway which is manageable during the summer on a road bike with bigger (28-32mm) tires.
Traffic: Next to none.
Provisions: None on the climb. Closest provisions are in Mexican Hat 10 miles south - Route Map.
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Mar 9, 2021
Some amazing switchbacks that are extremely scenic. Very loose gravel in Feb 2021. Nice little climb very close to Valley of the Gods. Virtually zero traffic. After the climb stop for some Navajo food in the nearby town of Mexican Hat.