Black-Gist Roads Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.5
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3.2 mi
DISTANCE
1,566 ft
GAINED
9.4 %
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The Black-Gist Road Route is a short but deadly climb that begins across Hwy 17 from the Lexington Reservoir. The first 1.8 miles to the fork at Gist and Black Roads is 1.8 miles at 8.5% and the remaining 1.3 miles to the top of Gist and its intersection with Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35) is 10%. We are surrounded and covered by trees almost the entire climb.

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Difficulty: Challenging
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May 16, 2024
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 2
traffic: 4
road: 3
May 16, 2024
scenery: 2
traffic: 4
road: 3
Done this once, it is a fun climb and there is a flat section in the middle where you can refill water at the school. Gist is a wild descent though as it's all hairpins so be careful descending that. It is steep of course but gist is relatively short.
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling Black and Gist Roads

Ride 3.2 miles gaining 1,557’ at 9.4% average grade.

The Black-Gist Road Route is a short but deadly climb that begins across Hwy 17 from the Lexington Reservoir.The first 1.8 miles to the fork at Gist and Black Roads is 1.8 miles at 8.5% and the remaining 1.3 miles to the top of Gist and its intersection with Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35) is 10%.  We are surrounded and covered by trees almost the entire climb.

Climb start - intersection of Black and Montevina Roads -

Just across from Lexington Reservoir off Hwy 17.  

Overlap of Black and Gist Roads.

Christmas tree farm 7/10’s of a mile up Gist Road (1.9 miles from climb start).

Ride through the redwoods up to Skyline Blvd.

Finish at Skyline Blvd - just below Black Road and above Bear Creek.

A spectacular climbing day:  Black - Gist - Thompson - Montevina - Soda Springs Roads (
Map) - essentially no traffic and peaceful riding/climbing for 41 miles, gaining nearly 8,000'.  ​

​Roadway Surface / Traffic:  This 2 lane road is in good shape with mild traffic the entire climb - this is a safe climb.​