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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.
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%).
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.
A very safe place to ride . . .
. . . and beautiful, too!
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:
That’s a wrap!!