Cycling Sierra Road - the steepest bike climb in the San Jose area
Ride 3.7 miles to 2,037’ gaining 1,841’ at 9.5% average grade.
Aerial drone photo of Sierra Road (right-center) and Calaveras Reservoir (upper left)
Sierra Road is a Beast - One of the steepest climbs in Santa Clara County. The climb hits you right at the start - 10.2% for the first half mile to the sharp left hand turn.
Yes - this climb is “foul” - I did slow for the turkey crossing however . . .
This is the last of 3 major climb segments of the popular, but brutal, Devil Mountain Double which is held in April each year and hits you at mile 160 of that ride - ouch! There are excellent views of the Silicon Valley to the west as we ascend and there is a nice open space view area at the top.
Just finishing the steepest ½ mile segment
Photo at mile 1.8 - steepest ½ mile segment begins mile 1.3.
Roadway Surface and Traffic - the roadway is in excellent condition and there is very little traffic on the roadway as it enters open space area around mile 1.5.
Sierra Road bottom-center to upper left-center of photo.
Last segment of Sierra Road
Hamilton Observatories upper right
View west at the top.
Hiking trail at the finish.
Sierra Open Space Preserve parking lot and sign at top of climb.
Mt. Hamilton’s Lick Observatory - background left of sign.
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Sierra road was the most consistently included climb during the early years of the Tour of California, having been included 5 straight years from 2007-2011. However, the Tour has not returned to this difficult brief climb since 2011.
Mountain-top finish 2011