Alpine Summit West (Hwy 39) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

6.2
FIETS
10.9 mi
DISTANCE
3,015 ft
GAINED
5.2 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, NV, USA; Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA.

INTRO

"The west side of Alpine Summit (Route 39) is a bit longer and more shallow than its east side but is still a solid ascent and is among the most scenic in Utah. The initial section is within a canyon and passes through Timpanogos Cave National Monument along the way. Soon the road turns right and up the mountain, getting more twisty as you climb. The climb ends at an unmarked but obvious pass within a huge grove of aspen trees (closed in winter - Uinta National Forest - 801-785-3563). AlpineSummit is used at times in the annual Tour of Utah, one of the most difficult stage races in the U.S." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, 50 Climbs (by Bike) in Utah, pg. 100.)

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Difficulty: Challenging
3
Road
4
Traffic
4
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Jul 20, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
Jul 20, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
Road quality at the start is amazing, but as the road steepens up, it gets a bit crappier; not terrible, just pretty bumpy. Not a ton of traffic and quite a few cyclists. There are some great views of Mt. Timpanogas along the way. I’ve done it twice and would definitely recommend.
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Summary by PJAMM’s Ron Hawks.

Alpine Summit can be climbed from two different directions (East near Hwy 92 and West near Hwy 39).  This road is also referred to as Alpine Loop.  The eastern climb is over a good road with some traffic up to Sundance which is a tourist attraction owned by Robert Redford.  After getting past Sundance, which is about 3 miles into the climb, the remainder of the climb is a blast.  There are several switchbacks and the scenery is amazing as we ride through a thick forest of pine trees and quaking aspens.  The road does get a little narrow but the traffic is a lot less than the beginning of the climb and was never really an issue for us.  The grade is pretty consistent with the tougher sections early on in the climb.  After 9 miles we hit the summit which is marked with a sign that is just under 9.000 feet.

Bruce Hamilton on the east side of Alpine Summit

As for the western climb, there is considerable more traffic as it's near the great Salt Lake City.  It's also the road to the Timpanogos Cave National Monument which is a very popular destination where you can take a 1+ mile hike (straight up) and attend an amazing cave tour.  Once you get passed the cave, which we reached after a few miles, the traffic decreased considerably and the views opened up of the Wasatch mountain range.  The grade was pretty shallow in the beginning and increased after the Timpanogos Cave and stayed pretty consistent.  Like the eastern climb, a few switchbacks and thick trees really made the ride very enjoyable.  After 11 miles we hit the summit which is marked with a sign that is just under 9.000 feet.

Road conditions for both roads are pretty good with a few potholes at the beginning of the eastern climb before getting to Sundance.  As for traffic, this is a climb that's probably better done in the middle of the week as traffic will be a little less than the weekends.

Thank you Ron Hawks . . . and . . .

. . . Bruce Hamilton!