Brasstown Bald Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Brasstown Bald


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Climb Summary

Cycling Brasstown Bald

Ride 3 miles gaining 1,730’ at 10.9% average grade.

Photo: Brasstown Bald Observation Tower center right

Brasstown Bald is a popular cycling climb to the highest point in Georgia. This mountain is located in the Blueridge Mountain subrange of the Appalachian Mountains.  On a clear day, you can see Atlanta 75 miles to the south west from the observation tower at the top of the mountain.

“Bald” is an Appalachian term for a mountaintop with 360 degree unobstructed views.

This is a brutally steep bike climb with the steepest ¼ mile at 16.6% and the steepest ½ mile at 14.1%.

Start of climb - this route is on a Georgia Scenic Byway.

We are surrounded by forest on the climb, but there are fleeting distant views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at times.

Our 3 mile route includes the closed last ½ mile at 13.6% to the top.  The route to the “no bike” sign (photo below) is 2.5 miles at 10.5%.  We arrived at the sign and gate around noon on a weekday and were told by officials we could not ride up the road.  However (caveat - we are not “recommending” this) you may (at your own risk 😈) arrive at the gate very early in the morning before anti-bike enforcement is present and go for it (just sayin, not recommended . . . ).

Brasstown Bald Observation Tower and Complex

As a testament to the popularity of this great bike climb, it was included in all but 1 of the 6 Tours of Georgia held between 2003 and 2008.  Notable stage winners include Chris Horner,  Levi Leipheimer (2007) and Tom Danielson (2005-2007)

Levi Leipheimer on his way to victory on Brasstown Bald, Stage 5 2007 Tour of Georgia.