Eldred Street Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

0.9
FIETS
0.08 mi
DISTANCE
113 ft
GAINED
29.1 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Monica Busby @thecyclingceo

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Eldred Street: The steepest street in Los Angeles at a recorded 33% grade.

The actual average gradient is disputed. Doing an internet search on any of these "Ultra-Steep" roads will give you numbers ranging anywhere from 25% to 40%. We've calculated the gradient based on internet topographical data, as well as from our Garmin and Wahoo .gpx files taken from our personal attempts up this climb. Our calculations show this road is a 29.11% average gradient. 
The actual average gradient is disputed. The sign posted by the start says this road is a 33% grade, which it undoubtedly reaches.  Doing an internet search on any of these "Ultra-Steep" roads will give you numbers ranging anywhere from 25% to 40%.  

We've calculated the gradient on this page based on online topographical data, as well as from our Garmin and Wahoo .gpx files taken from our personal attempts up this climb. Our calculations show this road is a 29.11% average gradient. Any way you look at it, this road is one of the steepest in the world. Google's advanced topographical database shows the maximum gradient reached by this road to be 65.0%. 

Roadway:
Awful - one of the worst of the "Ultra-Steeps" that we've come across. The gradient makes this an extremely challenging climb, but the loose rocks and cracks in the road make this climb nearly impossible.  

Traffic: 
None

Parking:
You can park on the street anywhere at the bottom of the road
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling up one of the steepest bike climbs in the US - Eldred Street, Los Angeles

Ride 140 yards (if you can) gaining 11 stories at 29.1% average grade.

Although our calculations read 29.1% average grade for the climb, these short climbs do have more gradient variance than longer climbs.  Some report the grade at 33% while Strava has it at 28%.  

PJAMM’s Sam Lyons fell on his first attempt (34 chain ring and 32t cassette) on his first attempt, but managed, with a bit of paperboy, on his second effort.

Eldred Street ios the greatest cycling challenge in LA.

Those of you familiar with our profile tool appreciate that is the black screen of death - our gradient tool transitions from black to purple at 25%.  There are not more than a handful of climbs in the world that are all black.  While Eldred does not have a completely black profile, it’s as close as any cyclist will ever want to encounter.  

Cheatin?  

There is a downhill on Eldred approaching climb start.  👍

Start of climb.

Short but deadly!

Paperboy ain’t cheatin if you are at nearly 30% grade.

Climb finish - looking northeast towards Pasadena.

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