Chimney Peak Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

2.1
FIETS
1.9 mi
DISTANCE
839 ft
GAINED
8.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Dan Razum, San Jose, CA

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“The ascent of Chimney Peak is along a variable grade in east central Alabama. There is 0.4 miles of double digit grade in the first mile including a max of 20% and then the climb flattens out. It rears up towards climb’s end along double digit grade again to finish. A closed gate may keep you off of the final 0.1 miles.” (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Southeast, pg. 72.)

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Cycling Chimney Peak

Ride 1.9 miles gaining 839’ at 8.4% average grade (10.1% climb only).

Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum, San Jose, CA.

This is a fairly short climb but it has some pretty steep sections so it is not trivial. It is a two lane road with no shoulder but that is not a problem since there is little traffic. The pavement is nice and smooth, the road is well maintained.

We start out riding through a quiet residential area, before the climb, and there are a few houses along the base of the climb.  Then the steep section starts almost immediately. There are several speed limit signs along the way, reminding motorists that the speed limit is 15 mph. No problem going up, we won't exceed that, but we definitely won't be able

to keep under the speed limit coming down!

When we get to the top we can see an antenna but we can't go that far because there is a  locked gate across the road.  So for us, the top of the climb is a small overlook just below the gate.  There is a nice view of Jacksonville from the overlook.

This is a pleasant, if steep, climb with a scenic view at the top, well worth doing if you have the chance.

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