Lambs Knoll Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

2.4
FIETS
2.5 mi
DISTANCE
1,040 ft
GAINED
7.7 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Nigel Brockton, Fairfax, VA, USA; Dan Razum, Campbell, CA

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This 2.5 mile bike climb is located in Washington County, Maryland, USA. The average gradient is 7.7% and there is a total elevation gain of 1,040 ft, finishing at 1,754 ft.

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Difficulty: Moderate
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May 30, 2021
difficulty: Moderate
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 5
May 30, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 5
I climbed this on my unicycle and was surprised to find an unmarked secure government facility at the top where the road ends. Turns out to be a decommissioned cold war era Presidential Emergency Facility code named "Corkscrew". It houses a fortified microwave communication silo and underground bunkers. Pretty neat find.
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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.