Page Contributor(s): Dan Razum, San Jose, California
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Cycling Cavanal Hill
Ride 4.6 miles gaining 1,821’ at 7.4% average grade.
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razam, San Jose, California.
This climb is reached by starting on Witteville Drive in Poteau.
The climb is not accessible from Rte 59 Bypass, we have to start in Poteau itself to reach the base of the climb. There are plenty of places to park in Poteau, so this is not a problem.
The climb starts in a residential area, with several houses around, which we leave behind fairly quickly. There might be a little traffic at the beginning but there is not much traffic at all after we pass the houses.
The pavement ranges from decent to pretty rough in some sections. The steeper sections seem to have the roughest pavement, which makes for a bumpy descent, we need to exercise a little caution on the way down.
There are steep sections in some of the curves, so you will definitely get a good workout on this climb. About halfway up, the road flattens out and there is a nice view of the terrain below. After this, the road gets steeper again and trees obscure the view. As we reach the top we see several antennas. We pass the first group of antennas and the overlook
is on the left, next to a little parking area. There are no restrooms or water at the overlook although there are some picnic tables.
A sign at the overlook proclaims that we are at elevation 1,999 feet, but we are actually closer to 2,300 feet, so the "World's Highest Hill" might be a little higher than they think!
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