Hualapai Mt. Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.6
FIETS
11.1 mi
DISTANCE
3,028 ft
GAINED
5.1 %
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"Hualapi Mountain is a solid climb in northwest Arizona that takes riders from scorching (at times) desert heat to cool mountain views.  Shallow and rolling to start, there are sections of steeper grade on this hill (top half is solid grade).  The road eventually enters a mountain neighborhood and develops a more alpine feel (trees).  The route does contain several descents which knock down its average grade.  A stretch near the top contains extended double digit grade before easing just short of the summit.  The climb ends just beyond the red ranger station on the right at the pass.  The road continues ahead but descends sharply before turning to dirt." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 126.)
5.1% average grade.  51% of the climb is at 0-5% and 34% is at 5-10%. The steepest quarter-mile is near the end at 14.8%.  The steepest mile is 12.2%. 

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Roadway:  Other than a brief four lane section at the start, the road is a two lane highway/county road in good condition with no shoulder.

Traffic:  Mild to moderate for the first couple of miles fading to mild after that. 

Parking:  There is a church and plenty of other parking on Railroad Street which intersects with Hualapai Mountain Road at the start of the climb - MapStreet View
Provisions:  Many options in Kingman where the climb begins, but none on the route. 
Absolutely, without a doubt, stay at the Ramada Inn, Kingman - it has a lot of Route 66 memorabilia and a decent grill and bar.

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Cycling Hualapai Road, Kingman, AZ

Ride 11.1 miles gaining 3,028’ at 5.1%average grade.

Well - this one starts in uninspiring surroundings, but picks up scenery along the way, leaving us with a pretty cool overall ride, in our opinion.  And, absolutely, without a doubt, stay at the Ramada Inn, Kingman - it has a lot of Route 66 memorabilia and a decent grill and bar.

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Hualapai Mountain Road runs out of the flat lands of Arizona on up to a comfortable alpine setting at just over 6,500'.   Traffic is a bit of a chore for the first few miles, but becomes extremely light as we pass the cutoff to Interstate 40 (Hwy 259) at mile 7.3, continuing straight on Hualapai Mountain Rd (AZ Scenic Hwy 147).  

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We have an unnamed peak in our sights as we begin our climb up the mountain road at a pedestrian 4-5%, never really taxing ourselves.   We pass the peak to our right between miles 9 and 10.  From mile 9.5 to just shy of the finish, we are severely taxed with an 11.1% average grade - whew!  

So this one's a bit out there (middle of the desert), but it is certainly worth a go if you live in the area or are passing through.