Buffalo Pass North Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.9
FIETS
8.2 mi
DISTANCE
2,173 ft
GAINED
4.7 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Chris Monson, Blanding, Utah, USA

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In the quiet northeast corner of Arizona, nestled in the heartland of the Navajo Nation lies a beautiful rise of mountains called the Lukachukai range. Buffalo Pass sits atop this range at 8,400’. On the east starting in the Red Valley you will have a very gentle rise heading to the bluffs of Lukachukai East. Other than a couple of 10% switch turns, this side of the hill is a pleasant ride up two thousand feet over approximately seven miles.
Average grade is 5.2% (5.8% climb only).  43% of the climb is at 5-10% and 12% is at 10-15%.  12% of the climb is at or above 10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 13.2%.

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Roadway: Two lane highway in fair to good condition with a no to a partial shoulder to ride in. 

Traffic:  Light.

Parking:  On the side of the road near climb start. 
Provisions:  This is an extremely remote ride, but there happens to be the Red Rock Trading Post in the middle of nowhere five miles north of the start of this climb (MapGoogle Map + Reviews). 
Consider doing this remote climb with Buffalo Pass South as an out and back - 26 miles gaining 3,900' (Map). 

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Contributed by Chris Monson, Blanding, Utah, USA

From the West:


In the quiet North East corner of Arizona, nestled in the heartland of the Navajo Nation lies a beautiful rise of mountains called the Lukachukai range. Buffalo Pass sits atop this range at 8,400’.  On the West side starting from the town that bears its name you will gently start up HWY N-13. Passing beautiful red cliffs the road twists and turns in a scenic panorama of sandstone cliffs and tall ponderosa pines. Climbing about 1,800 feet in approx. 6 miles you will find 15% switchbacks and gentle 6%-8% long hauls. At the top you will find a nice place for picnicking and a glorious view of the Red Valley to the East - location of the famed Shiprock. This is a wonderful high elevation treat rising high of the red desert that is Arizona.

     

Steepest ¼ mile and mile begin at mile 3.7 (15% and 10.8% respectively)


From the East:


In the quiet North East corner of Arizona, nestled in the heartland of the Navajo Nation lies a beautiful rise of mountains called the Lukachukai range. Buffalo Pass sits atop this range at 8,400’. On the East starting in the Red Valley you will have a very gentle rise heading to the bluffs of Lukachukai East. Other than a couple of 10% switch turns, this side of the hill is a pleasant ride up two thousand feet over approx. 7 miles. Don't forget the picnic for the views at the top.


     

Steepest ¼ mile and mile begin at mile  3.8 (13.%/9.1% respectively)