Cycling Copperas Peak
Ride 5.5 miles gaining 1,824’ at 6.1% average grade (6.9% climb only)
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum, Campbell, CA.
The climb starts at the Grapevine Campground, just past the Gila river.
The gradient is fairly steep right from the beginning, unlike the southern approach, which starts out with a gentle slope. We hover around 10% gradient for the first half mile or so. In general, the climb is steeper than the south side, although it eases up in the last mile, with some flat and short downhill sections.
We cross the first and only cattle guard grate shortly after the start. And soon thereafter we start getting views of the surrounding mountains.
The vegetation is sparse which allows for many good views as we ride. As the climb progresses we cross the ridge line and so we actually get views both to the east and to the west along this climb.
The road is 2 lanes throughout and the traffic is light, mostly tourists returning from the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The pavement is in good condition but the road is exposed to the sun so it can get hot, despite the altitude. There are no provisions along the climb.
The northern approach is a bit steeper than the southern approach but there are more views and it is more scenic on the northern side.
Thank you Dan!!