Doe Creek Road (Route 613) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.3
FIETS
4.1 mi
DISTANCE
1,904 ft
GAINED
8.8 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): John Summerson (The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike), 2nd Edition)

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"Route 613 (Doe Creek Road) is a dark and steep ascent near Blacksburg, Virginia that is one of the most difficult in the Southeast.  The first half is a good warmup along a tight roadway and beneath thick trees but the majority of the last 1.5 miles is along double digit grade and can challenge some riders.  Towards the very top the grade eases and at the junction with Mountain Lake Road turn left for a short distance to finish at an unmarked but obvious summit." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 122.)

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Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - wet, two-lane roadway surrounded by dense forestation, fall foliage

Cycling Doe Creek Road (Route 613), Virginia

Ride 4.1 miles gaining 1,904’ at 8.8% average grade.

This beautiful climb in the Appalachians is ranked #3 in Virginia, and rightly so. There are several short segments in the 15% range over the last half of the climb, with the steepest quarter-mile being 13.5% and the steepest half-mile at 12.7%.

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - photo collage,  fall foliage, wet two-lane roadway, family of deer peeking out through dense forestation, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

The scenery is extraordinary during fall colors.

“Route 613 (Doe Creek Road) is a dark and steep ascent near Blacksburg, Virginia that is one of the most difficult in the Southeast.  The first half is a good warmup along a tight roadway and beneath thick trees but the majority of the last 1.5 miles is along double digit grade and can challenge some riders. Towards the very top the grade eases and at the junction with Mountain Lake Road turn left for a short distance to finish at an unmarked but obvious summit.”  (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 122.)

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - PJAMM Adventure App showing climb gradient and profile

PJAMM Adventure App showing  stats at climb start.

Do not be deterred by this climb ascending a “highway” -- this is a peaceful and quiet bike climb.

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - mist shrouded green hillside, fall foliage

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - deer in green grass in forested area

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - man walking white horse on mist shrouded roadway

Finish at the intersection of Doe Creek and Mountain Lake Roads

Although this road is quiet and remote, it is home to a couple of very fun and interesting businesses.

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - bike parked in front of white sign for Doe Creek Farm

Doe Creek Farm, an historical 1800s working farm that now doubles as a wedding venue,

is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - Mountain Lake Lodge

Mountain Lake Lodge is at climb finish.

Cycling Doe Creak Road, Route 613, Virginia - Mountain Lake Lodge, Dirty Dancing, Kellerman's Resort

Mountain Lodge was “Kellerman’s Resort” in 1987’s Dirty Dancing.

Photo:  Vanity Fair