Cycling Quimby Road, Santa Clara County, CA
Ride 4.5 miles gaining 2,017’ at 8.5% average grade.
This is a steep and challenging climb out of the Silicon Valley into a very rural area on a narrow road with minimal traffic. We begin our climb in a suburban area near Quimby High School in East San Jose, but at the 1.1 mile mark we cross Murillo Avenue and are soon into an eclectic mix of ranchland together with the occasional Silicon Valley mansion. If you leave in the early morning as we did, you’ll encounter roosters crowing, along with cows and horses grazing.
The Quimby Road bicycle climb ends at Joseph D. Grant County Park -- the largest of 28 county parks owned by Santa Clara County. Quimby Road is in the Diablo Range of the Pacific Coast Mountain Range.
This climb gets rural quick.
There are excellent views of the Silicon Valley and San Jose to our west as we quickly rise out of the valley (because of the elevation gain, not our speed, that's for sure!). Along with the first sections of Mt. Hamilton Road West and Sierra Road in Santa Clara County, this climb provides the best views of the Silicon Valley from its eastern side.
PJAMM’s Tayler Hockett at the top of Quimby Road.
Descent: The downhill on this one is technical and steep with very sharp turns/switchbacks that come up on you quickly, so descend with caution.
Roadway Surface and Traffic Report: The roadway is two lanes with a double yellow center stripe the entire climb. There is minimal traffic along this route and it is safe for cyclists.