Magic Mountain Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.3
FIETS
7.1 mi
DISTANCE
2,295 ft
GAINED
5.8 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Monica Busby @thecyclingceo

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A relatively entertaining alternative to the popular Camp 9 climb. We rode it on 25mm tires with only 1 flat, but would absolutely recommend at a minimum 28s, and ideally gravel tires (see photos in the profile tool for views)

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Roadway:
Horrendous; the only benefit is that it's closed to cars. 

Parking:
We recommend parking for free at the scenic Bear Divide Vista Picnic Site and doing the Camp 9 climb as well as Magic Mountain.
There is no water along the route, and we found that out the hard way, riding it on a 95 degree Southern California summer day. The climb is completely exposed with absolutely no shade, so you're exposed for the entire 14 mile up and down.

There is water several nearby spots, and the firefighters are incredibly friendly and happy to provide anything you might need.
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San Gabriel Mountains
United States (CA)
38 ROUTES
43 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
677.5
mi
DISTANCE
80,483
ft
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Climb summary by PJAMM Cycling’s Sam Lyons

Aerial view of the climb with the summit in the distance (towers)

This climb starts just to the north of Bear Divide right across the street from where the road to Camp 9 starts. Camp 9 is an extremely popular climb outside of Santa Clarita/San Fernando, with nearly 20k strava attempts. Camp 9 includes water fountains, shady trees, and friendly firefighters, whereas Magic Mountain… does not.

You could describe Magic Mountain as the evil twin to the Camp 9 climb: a bit longer, a much steeper climb gradient, and a horrendous surface.  Plus, when we did it in June 2021  it was 98 degrees when we reached the summit 🔥🥵🔥

We started off the day parking at Hansen Dam Park, a great place to start a ride through Tujunga Canyon, Camp 9, or Magic Mountain. We decided to do Camp 9 first, and good thing we did - we ran out of water just before reaching the water fountains at the fire station on the summit.

After descending back to Bear Divide, we debated whether or not to keep going and document one more climb in the rising heat- it was already 10am with temperatures already approaching 90.  For better or worse, with refilled water bottles we decided to push on.

The climb is closed to cars

The average grade is deceiving for this ride, skewed by two short descents of -5% - however, the climb gradient is above 8%, with brief sections getting well above 10%, and combined with the slippery gravel surface, well, not fun.