Ebbetts Pass East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Ebbetts Pass East


Third leg of the Death Ride and maybe the most scenic.

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Climb Summary

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.

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.

That’s a wrap!!