Cycling Sitgreaves Pass East
Ride 7.9 miles gaining 1,339’ at 3.1% average grade
Climb summary and photos by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.
When you approach Sitgreaves Pass from Kingman, Route 66 has a long gentle ascent through a
relatively flat area, before approaching the mountains where Sitgreaves Pass is located.
Technically, you can start climbing several miles before the mountains, but it is a long straight
road with a shallow gradient so we prefer to start the climb at a small parking area near the base
of the mountains.
We pass Cool Springs Station at the beginning of the climb, which is a small store with drinks and
souvenirs. It looks almost like a scene from the animated movie "Cars". In fact, this part of
Route 66 was part of the inspiration for the look and feel of "Cars", the views of the desert are
Overall, this is a mellow climb, the gradient is never very steep. But it is in the desert and there
isn't much shade at all, so be sure to bring plenty of water, it can get hot. Also, there are wild
donkeys in the area and they aren't shy about standing in the middle of the road, so be careful
on the descent, you might come around a curve and encounter a large four-legged obstacle in the road.
The road is narrow, with no shoulder but the traffic is light, so it's not a problem. Most of the
traffic will be cars and motorcycles admiring the scenery, which tend to be courteous and drive slowly.
The climb isn't particularly challenging but it's worth doing for the scenery and history of Route 66.
Thank you Dan!!