Cycling Union Pass
Ride 12.4 miles gaining 2,778’ at 4.2% average grade.
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum, San Jose, California.
This is a long climb through the desert, without any shade. During the summer months it is preferable to start early in the morning to avoid the heat. We started before sunrise to avoid the typical triple digit midday temperatures.
Regardless of when you start, we also recommend using lights so that motorists can clearly see you. The traffic does move at highway speeds along this climb so it is always a good idea to make sure you are visible to the drivers.
There is a center divider separating the directions of travel until mile 11.6
After mile 11.6 there is a cement divider separating north and south traffic.
The road is a 4 lane divided highway, in good condition. The first mile and a half has no shoulder but after passing the turnoff for Davis Camp there is a nice wide shoulder for the rest of the climb. Early in the morning we didn't encounter much traffic eastbound on the road but if traffic were heavy the first mile and a half could be sketchy. All the more reason to have a flashing rear light, to enhance visibility.
After reaching the wide shoulder, which is a good bike lane, we did not feel uncomfortable on this climb. The road is fairly straight and you can see the mountains several miles in the distance, even if they don't seem to get any closer as we ride along! The scenery is typical of desert areas, with stark mountains in front and sweeping views of the valley when
you look back.
At the top of the climb there is a break in the divider where you can cross the road to return to Bullhead City.
Cross here with great caution.
Thank you Dan!!