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.
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 (our favorite pass of the 5). As we ascend we enter and ride into a lovely high sierra alpine setting and there is a gorgeous lake (Kinney Reservoir) .8 miles from the summit that is your signal that the end of this climb is near.
Roadway surface/traffic: Narrow two lanes with 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 4 passes, be very cautious of ascending cyclists on your descent - the organizers even write warnings on the descent ("slow", "slower" and "slowest" (see slide show) grab the attention of riders as they approach hazardous turns while descending).
Ebbetts Pass West
This climb begins after the 5.2 mile descent from the top of Ebbetts Pass East (Pass 3) and is, of course, 5.2 miles of climbing back up to Ebbetts Summit. You will have traveled approximately 60 miles and climbed about 9,500' by the beginning of climb number 4.
Use caution on Ebbetts West descent as the road is narrow with many curves and ascending cyclists in your direction, some riding dangerously 2-3 abreast towards the middle of the road, and even across it at times.
This is a scenic climb that is brief in comparison to the other four passes climbed during the full Death Ride.
Roadway surface and traffic: The roadway surface was good in April and July, 2014 and there will be no vehicle traffic during the Death Ride as the road is closed to such during the event.