Sherman Pass Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.5
FIETS
22.5 mi
DISTANCE
4,484 ft
GAINED
3.6 %
AVG. GRADE

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"Sherman Pass is a big climb in central Washington to altitude. The highest year round pass in the state, the climb of its east side is a long one but there is a shoulder on the road for riding. never steep, the first 9 miles are over quite shallow grade and through thick woods. Beyond that section the grade increases a bit and the hill takes on a more alpine feel. Soon the trees indicate altitude and the climb ends at the signed summit between big rock walls created when the road grade was blasted from the mountain. The west side of Sherman is also a solid climb (13.9 miles at 4.3% grade)." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 228.)
Eliminating descent from the gradient equation raises the average grade from 3.6% to 4.2%.  59% (13.3 miles) is at 5-10%, and 29% (6.6 miles) is at 5-10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 8% and the steepest mile is 6.9%.

Consult the PJAMM "Full Forecast" feature for the time you expect to arrive at the finish to assess what clothing to bring on your ride.
Roadway:  This is a two lane highway in good condition with modest to descent shoulder throughout. 

Traffic:  Mild.

Parking:  On the side of the road at climb start or at the fast food parking lot just beyond (Map;  Street View).
Provisions:  None on the route, but there is a restaurant at Barney's Junction at the start of the climb. 
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
Consider doing this climb as an out and back with Sherman Pass WA West - (Map).

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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling Sherman Pass, Washington

Ride 22.5 mile gaining 4,484’ at 3.6% average grade.

After Mt. Baker (24 miles), Sherman Pass is the longest bike climb in the state of Washington. This is a high mountain pass (5,575’) in the Kettle River Range of the Monashee Mountains.

This climb is on the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway and traverses Colville National Forest.