Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA; Ken Read, CAN.
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Cycling Schweitzer Mt. Road, ID
Ride 8.6 miles gaining 2,527’ at 5.5% average grade.
PJAMM’s Bruce Hamilton at mile 6.3 overlooking Lake Pend Oreille.
Lake Pend Oreille is the largest lake in Idaho and 39th largest in the country.
It is also the 5th deepest US lake at 1,150’ (350m).
Stacy Topping just before the start of the climb.
Turn off N. Boyer Road onto Schweitzer Mountain Road to get to the start.
This climb takes us up some beautiful, rural, and scenic (what else in Idaho, after all!) roadway to Schweitzer Ski Resort (this resort doubles as a Mountain bike haven in the off season). This climb can be reached with relative ease from Spokane, Washington (a mere 75 miles west!).
PJAMM at the top!
Bruce Hamilton write-up from back-to-back rides up the mountain on June 3 and June 4, 2019:
The climb is about 2,600 feet over nine miles. Starts at 2200 feet and goes to 4800. It’s actually 8.9 miles. Just under a 6% average but it’s more difficult than a uniform climb at 6%. There are multiple sections at 8-10% and the grade changes often enough to make finding a rhythm difficult. Even so, it’s beautiful. The view from the top and from the highest hairpin look out onto the lake and are spectacular. Great descent with several sections where you can fly.
Thank you Bruce!
Thanks also to legendary Canadian Olympic ski racer and television broadcaster Ken Read