Ferry Road  Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

2.8
FIETS
8.3 mi
DISTANCE
2,065 ft
GAINED
4.6 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Bryant Robbins and Jason Roland, Palmer, AK, USA

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Jason Roland writes:  10/10 Gravel. If you're going to or from Fairbanks, stop and ride this climb!  The road is only accessible via the pedestrian bridge, so there's basically no traffic other than occasional ATVs from locals and turbine maintenance crews. There is a large pull off on the Parks highway outside of Healy where you start riding. It is really a unique experience in highly recommended!
Roadway:  This road is gravel the entire ride.

Traffic:  None, other than service vehicles.

Parking:  On Parks Hwy at its intersection with the gravel road you ride on to get to the start - Map; Street View
Roadway:  Gravel but manageable on a road bike, preferably with 28-30mm tires. 
Gravel bike with 38mm tires recommended. 
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This is a remote climb at the northeast edge of Denali National Park - Google Map + Reviews.  If you are interested in hiking, see All Trails - Best trails in Denali Wilderness.

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Cycling Ferry Road

Ride 8.3 miles gaining 2,046’ at 4.6% average grade

Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Bryant Robbins, Palmer, Alaska.

This is one of the strangest climbs we have ever done. It is something like a movie with a surprise ending. So, rather than spoil the surprise by posting pictures of everything you’ll see at the summit, we’ll just let you know that surprises await, along with nice views. The strangeness starts at the bottom though. Not many road rides begin by crossing a river on a railroad trestle. On the other side you’ll find a road that doesn’t connect to the road system - a big, wide, gravel road with no traffic. Yes, it’s an unusual ride, and one worth doing.

One consequence of not having traffic on the road is that the gravel is not well packed in some areas. Still, we were able to do it on 25c slicks. In addition to being able to park at the Parks Highway, you can drive down the hill to the railroad bridge where you will also find plenty of parking.

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