Ebbetts Pass East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

11.4 mi
2,958 ft
4.9 %



Ebbetts East - This climb begins about 1.8 miles from Highway 4's junction with Highway 89 (Monitor Pass), at the beginning of the bridge over the East Fork of the Carson River.  This has the steepest segments of the five ascents of the annual Death Ride.  See PJAMM Markleeville - Death Ride for data and details regarding the Death Ride. 
Average grade is 4.9% and, while 48% of the route is in the 0-5% gradient range, 40% is at 5-10%, 6% is at 10-15%, and a fraction bumps briefly above 15%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 10.2% and steepest one-half mile is 9.8%.  

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Roadway:  Good condition; two lanes with a center strips. 

Traffic:  Minimal.

Parking:   If you are not riding from Markleeville for this climb, park near the bridge over the East Fork of the Carson River, just a few hundred yards from the beginning of the climb - Map; Street View.
Provisions;  There are none on the ride.  The nearest food, beverages and meals are in Markleeville, seven miles northwest. 
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
We have always stayed in Markleeville for the climbs in the area (PJAMM Climb page: Markleeville - Death Ride).  While lodging choices are limited in Markleeville there is a wide variety of resorts and hotels in nearby Lake Tahoe.  The are also plenty of homes and cabins to rent in and around Lake Tahoe for longer visits.  

The annual Death Ride is a wildly popular bike climbing event which you should consider trying if you enjoy climbing by bike - beware though, it is an extremely difficult event - Official Website



Difficulty: Challenging



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Jul 26, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 5
Jul 26, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 5
One of my favourite rides for its lack of traffic (and slow moving if any due to the winding road!) spectacular.

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Cycling Ebbetts Pass - aerial drone video of the mountain and snow

Cycling Ebbetts Pass East

Ride 11.4 miles gaining 2,950’ at 5% average grade.

Photo:  Ebbets East leading to Kinney Reservoir near summit.

Climb summary by PJAMM’s John Johnson.

Visit our Death Ride page for detailed information on each route and climb in this grueling ride.

This climb begins about 1.8 miles from the junction of Highway 4 with Highway 89 (Monitor Pass), at the beginning of the   bridge over the East Fork of the Carson River.

bike climb Ebbetts Pass - start of climb at bridge 



We begin this climb after 44.5 miles of riding and 6,525' of climbing. The first 5.5 miles of the climb are very mild (3.1% / +956') while the second half (5.9 miles) is much steeper and frequently includes double digit grades (6.4% / 2,006' / max grade 15.6%).

Cycling Ebbetts Pass - steep grade road sign

The views and scenery are exceptional, and this is our favorite pass of the five. As we ascend we enter and ride into a lovely high sierra alpine setting where there is a gorgeous lake, Kinney Reservoir, 0.8 miles from the summit.  In addition to its aesthetics, Kinney Reservoir is a much welcome sight, as it acts as the signal that the end of this climb is near.

bicycle ride Ebbetts Pass - share the road sign

A very safe place to ride . . .

climbing Ebbetts Pass by bike - road and mountain with trees

. . . and beautiful, too!


cycling Ebbetts Pass - Death Ride cyclists at pass with pass sign 

Ebbetts Pass.


Sign just past the summit sign.

Roadway Surface and Traffic: The road is a narrow two lanes, with the center line clearly marked. In April 2014, the roadway surface was good with a few pot holes towards the top of the pass. During the Death Ride, the pass is closed to motor vehicles, but as with all of the first four passes, be very cautious of ascending cyclists on your descent -- the ride’s organizers even write warnings on the descent ("slow", "slower", and "slowest" -- see our slideshow -- grab the attention of riders as they approach hazardous turns while descending).


Photo - from upper left clockwise:

Ebbetts Pass East; Monitor Pass West; Ebbetts Pass West. and Monitor Pass East.

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