Cycling Panther Mountain
Ride 2.8 miles gaining 1,761’ at 11.9% average grade (14% climb only).
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.
The climb starts within a large gated community. The main entrance to the community is off of highway 25, but we did not enter that way so we don’t know if there is easy pubic access or not. It is a large community, with a golf course, parks and other amenities, so we assume it is possible to drive in through the main gate, but we did not confirm. Instead, we parked off of Old Highway 25 and biked in through Terry Creek Road. There is an unmanned gate at the Terry Creek Road entrance to the community, which requires an access code to drive through, but it is easy to navigate on a bike. There were no signs saying "no entrance", "no bikes" or anything similar, so we rode through and didn't encounter
The climb starts shallow and straight but that doesn't last long. Pretty quickly the gradient gets steep and then it gets really steep and the curves get sharp. There is plenty of shade along the way, so at least there is that, but you better not forget your climbing gears on this one!
The steepest quarter mile is 19% and steepest ½ mile 18%.
We pass many houses along the way, with nice landscaping and the road is well maintained, the surface is smooth. There is a shoulder at the beginning but it disappears as soon as the gradient gets steep. Traffic was light and courteous so we didn't have any safety concerns.
There aren't any views on this climb, unfortunately, due to all the trees. The top is unmarked but it is at a stop sign and fairly obvious.
End of the climb.