Tortilla Flat Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.5
FIETS
4.2 mi
DISTANCE
1,112 ft
GAINED
4.8 %
AVG. GRADE

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INTRO

Climb out of a desert canyon, starting at an iconic old-western biker bar. 

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There's plenty of free parking right outside the Tortilla Flat Biker Bar, right at the start of the climb. 
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Stop in the biker bar for some cold brews, souvenirs, and barbecue (with a homemade prickly-pear BBQ sauce)

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MEMBER RATING

Difficulty: Moderate
3.7
Road
4.3
Traffic
4
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Jul 21, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
Jul 21, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
Pretty climb. Not terribly difficult, but the views are pretty worth it. Be ready for a screaming descent back down after turning around where the road turns to dirt.
May 6, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 4
May 6, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 4
No one out here in the middle of nowhere, except the climb, which doesn't kick that steep, but is about as long as one will find in the PHX area. Really nice views at the top.
Mar 29, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
Mar 29, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
The routed climb is open, but the rest of the dirt road to Roosevelt Dam is closed to all traffic due to recent flooding. I just tried it last week on my gravel bike and made it about 4 miles up the road before I gave up, since I was stopping every 100 yards to walk over a rockslide or something. Parts wouldn't have been rideable on a mountain bike. If you're going to do this one, don't miss out on the Canyon Lake climb - the prettier of the two IMO. Also, Tortilla Flat is a party. Historic biker bar with some great food local brews and live music.
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Climb Summary

The route from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Dam is 40.7 miles, with 20 miles of gravel beginning at about the 20 mile mark.  

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The gravel is manageable on a

We rode this on a Specialized Roubaix with 28mm tires which were quite adequate and not a problem on the hard packed gravel.  This is a very pleasant, private and scenic route that is quite the adventure.  While the 20 miles of pavement exposes us to very mild traffic, the 20 miles on the gravel has even less traffic (perhaps a motor vehicle every 15 minutes or so).  This is a remote ride that should be done with support, or at least with a group. Regardless, this is a very fun and epic ride - a must for riders in or visiting the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.

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