Cycling McNeil Canyon - Washington’s 6th hardest bike climb
Ride 6 miles gaining 2,390’ at 7.5% average grade.
The McNeil Canyon bike climb is the 6th hardest in Washington State.
Climb begins by riding up McNeil Canyon Road from Hwy 97 and the Columbia River.
Photo: Beebe Bridge and the Columbia River
The Columbia River is the 4th largest by volume in the US and has the greatest flow of any river in the US that empties into the Pacific Ocean.
Off Hwy 97 across from Beebe Bridge Park is McNeil Canyon Rd The ride starts with gentle terrain for about 1 mile where you make your way to where the climb starts at Chelan Fruit Plant 3 Soon this gentle terrain turns into a beast with road sign warning you the next 5 miles are at 12%. It is rated as a "Cat 1"climb! At least the road surface is nicely paved Be prepared because it offers little or no shade and cell service.
Riding 6 miles at average of 7.5% grade you’ll appreciate reaching the McNeil Pass Summit 3100 foot sign. While there, take time to look back at the beautiful view of Columbia River
McNeil Canyon Road is the signature climb in the Chelan Century Challenge hosted by Rotary Club in May
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