Snowbowl Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.4
FIETS
6.6 mi
DISTANCE
2,023 ft
GAINED
5.8 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

INTRO

Well - we have climbed the United States, Spain, Italy, and France, but we have never started in such cold conditions (19 degrees Fahrenheit on March 8, 2016 - ouch!) - that's what we get for riding up to the top of a ski resort during the winter! What were we thinking?  However, this is a great bike ride to the highest point on a paved road in Arizona.
The average grade is 5.8% - gaining 2,023' in 6.6 miles with 0 descent.  40% (2.7 miles) is at 0-5% grade and 57% (3.7 miles) at 5-10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 8.5% and steepest mile 6.9%.

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Roadway:  Paved and in good condition but with some cracks across the road that can be annoying on the descent. 

Traffic:  Mild.

Parking:  There is plenty of parking at the start of the climb - Map; Street View
Gear and Weather:  You are riding to a ski resort at the highest paved point in Arizona, so be sure to consult the PJAMM "Full Forecast" feature for the time you expect to arrive at the finish to assess what clothing to bring on your ride.
If you're going to do this climb, don't miss out on the chance to spend the entire day in Flag! Here are some of our favorite post-ride hangout spots:
Brunch: The Toasted Owl Cafe
Local Brews (☕️+🍻): Mother Road Brewing Co; Cedar House Coffee Shop

If you're a hiker, we HIGHLY recommend climbing Humphrey's Peak as well. At 12,633ft, it's the highest point in Arizona, and you can even see the Grand Canyon from the summit - a once in a lifetime view.

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Difficulty: Moderate
2
Road
5
Traffic
3
Scenery

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May 6, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 2
May 6, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 2
Not a bad climb but the road surface is terrible in places.
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Well - we have climbed the United States, Spain, Italy and France, but we have never started in such cold conditions (19 degrees Fahrenheit on March 8, 2016 - ouch!) - that's what we get for riding up to the top of a ski resort during the winter! What were we thinking?  

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​This is the top climb in the Flagstaff area and #5 in Arizona.  With a fairly continuous 6% grade, this is a nice climb through Coconino National Forest up towards Humphrey's Peak,  along a well maintained road surrounded by pine trees and occasionally stands of aspen.  There are brief views of the plains below as we ascend, ending at Snow Bowl Ski and Snowboard Hill.

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Snow Bowl is the highest paved road in Arizona

Roadway surface and traffic - the road dead ends at the top, so there is no through traffic - traffic is light and the roadway surface good.