Anderson Butte Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.6
FIETS
5.8 mi
DISTANCE
2,355 ft
GAINED
7.5 %
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"Anderson Butte is another solid southern Oregon climb near Medford. The start on Griffin Creek Road is over moderate and variable grade. After 2.0 miles keep straight at the junction to head up Anderson Butte. Here the road narrows and the real nature of the ascent is revealed as the majority of the remainder of the climb is over double digit grade. You ride through thick trees for most of this section as the road twists up the steep hill. Near the stop the slope finally eases and the climb ends where the pavement ends." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 208.)

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An average grade of 7.2% belies the 9.3% average for 3 miles beginning at mile 2.5. Starts out very mellow.  The first few miles see a fair amount of big rig traffic, but the last 2/3’s of the climb are effectively private, along a remote and roughly paved road with no center stripe.  Beware that there is a “Private Property Next 3 miles” sign, but this does not appear to relate to travel on the roadway itself (note - our cleats on the ground​ PJAMM contributor Shawn Dingman from Ashland advises"yes, it's public and a real B! Where Aaron turned around is where the pavement ends. However you can continue along the gravel upwards for some more great roads."    

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We encountered a few unyielding big rigs at the bottom of the climb that either did not like cyclists or were not accustomed to accommodating them.  While this climb is but 6 miles from fairly good-sized Medford Oregon (78,000), there had been only 16 Strava riders to have ridden this stretch as of August, 2016.  Our advice – if you get the chance, do it.

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