Death Valley Road (West) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Death Valley Road (West)


Death Valley Road - enough said!

Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dan Razum, Campbell, CA, USA.

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Climb Summary

Cycling Death Valley Road - a Top 100 US Bike Climb in a very hot venue.

Cycling Death Valley - PJAMM’s list of Top Death Valley bike climbs.

Turn right off Hwy 168 out of Big Pine to get started.



Bishop is the closest weather station and it is accurate for this location.

Climb summary by PJAMM friend and contributor Dan Razum, Campbel, CA.  

The climb starts at the intersection with Hwy 168, a couple of miles from Hwy 395.  We climb up the eastern

side of Owens Valley, while the Eastern Sierra mountains loom on the western side of Owens Valley.


Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains - part of Glacier Lodge Road can be seen.

We enter Inyo National Forest at mile 3.

Tough to see the forest from the lack of tree 😃

The climb has a steady gradient the entire way, never too steep, with long straight stretches of road, which make for a

fun descent. The scenery is fairly steady the entire way as well, high desert with sage brush and small plants.


Looking back at the road we climbed, Eastern Sierras in the background.

Finish - the top of the climb is unmarked, but it is fairly easy to see where the road peaks.

This is a remote climb without any services or water along the way, so plan accordingly.  The temperatures can

get hot and once the sun clears the hills, there is no shade anywhere. There are some cracks in the pavement

but overall the road is in decent condition.  There is no shoulder along the road, but traffic is very light,

so it's not a problem.