Cycling Lambs Knoll
Ride 2.5 miles gaining 1,040’ at 7.7% average grade.
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum, Campbell, CA.
We start the climb on Reno Monument Road, about a half mile before Lambs Knoll Rd. The climbing is steep from the start but we can warm up a little by starting further down Reno Monument Road, before the climb proper.
Reno Monument is a narrow 2 lane road, with some traffic but not too bad. The pavement is in good condition but there is no shoulder. After a stout climb on Reno Monument we turn right onto Lambs Knoll Rd. There are some interesting historical markers at the junction.
Lambs Knoll Rd is a narrow single lane road leading to a government facility and a large antenna. There is very little traffic on this road and there are pullouts every so often to allow vehicles to pass each other. It is a true single lane road and if two vehicles going in opposite directions meet, one of them would have to back up to a pullout in order to pass by. The pavement is quite smooth, the road is well maintained.
Lambs Knoll is gentle for the first half mile, a nice breather after Reno Monument. But then it
starts to climb, hitting double digits in several places. We pass through heavy woods so there
is ample shade. There aren't any views along this climb, due to the thick vegetation. Even at the
top we don't get any view of the surrounding countryside.
Near the top, there is a junction, if you go to the right you will arrive at the gate, a couple hundred yards from the junction. If you go to the left, you will arrive at the antenna, maybe 500 yards from the junction. The antenna is a little higher than the gate, and the road ends there, so you can't go any further unless you want to hike through thick forest. So the antenna is the logical top of the climb.
Go left at the junction at mile 2.4
Climb finishes at the antenna.
Overall, this is a nice climb through a peaceful forest and the climb felt safe, despite the narrow road.