Daggett Pass connects Highway 395 (east) and South Shore Lake Tahoe (west).
KINGSBURY GRADE EAST
This is definitely the more difficult side of Kingsbury Grade (Daggetts Pass), at six miles and an average grade of 6.1% up to an elevation of 7,357’. While there are several brief descents along the way (129’ total descent), this is a predominantly steady 6-8% climb. The elevation profile has one brief 20% grade, but this is a false GPS reading.
Roadway Surface and Traffic Report: The roadway is in excellent condition and moderately travelled, but a good bit of the traffic are big rigs (although they are not able to race too fast up the grade). The road is in excellent condition and there is a wide shoulder the entire route.
Tramway Drive is at the top of the grade and is an access road to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. The Pass got its name, according to the local newspaper (Record Courier) “in 1854 when C.D. Daggett acquired 640 acres at the bottom of the road and renamed it.” The name Kingsbury Grade relates to the community of Kingsbury on the western side of the pass.
Start just west of Gardnerville at Hwy 207/Foothill Road.
Highway 207 is plenty wide and has bike lane the entire route.
Excellent views east of Carson Valley first three miles of climb.
The grade is clearly discernible as we climb.
KINGSBURY GRADE WEST
This side of Daggett Pass is one-half the distance of the route from the east, at 3.1 miles with an elevation gain of only 1,045’ at 6.4% average grade. There are some decent views of Lake Tahoe as we descend, but none are exceptional.
Roadway Surface and Traffic Report: As with the route from the east, there is moderate traffic along the climb, although it is much heavier toward the bottom. The road is in excellent condition without any blemishes as of October 2018.
The Tahoe Rim Trail crosses our route about one mile from the top.
The climb from the west varies from a max 10% to flatter 2% in stretches.
This is the Lake Tahoe side of Daggett Pass.
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - KINGSBURY GRADE
Kingsbury Grade (Daggett Summit) Stage 2, 2010 Tour of California
Photo: Tahoe Daily Tribune
The Kingsbury Grade has been featured once in the Tour of California:
- Folsom to South Lake Tahoe (eastern approach)
- 122.1 miles, 18,999’
- Stage winner: Egan Bernal (COL; Strava KOM 30:02)
Mark Cavendish (former world champ jersey)
Kingsbury Grade - Stage 6 2018 Tour of California
Photo by Ray Rogers