Powder River Pass West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Powder River Pass West

WY, USA

All the cycling data and info you'll need to climb Powder River Pass West

Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Climb Summary


Cycling Powder River, Wyoming - cyclist rides on straight portion of two-lane road

Wow! Cycling Powder River, Wyoming.

Ride 24.8 miles gaining 5,258’ at 3.8% average grade.

Cycling Powder River, Wyoming - cyclist rides in the distance on straight stretch of road surrounded by tall rock formations

A spectacular bike climb into the Bighorn National Forest and the Bighorn Mountains of the Rocky Mountain Range.  

Cycling Powder River, Wyoming - breathtaking, tall rock formations

Summary by PJAMM Cycling’s Ron Hawks of Las Vegas, Nevada:

This climb, which starts a few miles east of Ten Sleep on Highway 16, is a long one at just under 25 miles, but never too steep.  After several miles, we enter the Bighorn National Forest where the scenery is amazing.  Views include high rocky cliffs (similar to Cedar Canyon in Utah), beautiful pine trees, and flowing rivers along Highway 16.

Cycling Powder River, Wyoming - scenic, tall rock formations

Scenic rock formations throughout the climb.

Cycling Powder River, Wyoming - Meadowlark Lake, small lake surrounded by greenery and evergreen trees

Meadowlark Lake at mile 15.5.

The grade once we enter Big Horn National Forest is very consistent (5% to 6%) and allows for a nice tempo.  We encounter two switchbacks about midway through the climb that give us amazing views looking back to the valley below.  Around mile 17 the grade becomes variable for the rest of the ride with a few flat sections as well as shallow descents, which allowed us to tackle with vigor the last section at the summit.

Cycling Powder River, Wyoming - cyclist stands with bike, smiling next to sign for Powder River Pass, Elevation 9666

Thank you Ron Hawks!

Traffic and Roadway Surface Report: Road quality was very good, and we had a nice shoulder for the majority of the climb.  Traffic was very light and was never really an issue, which allowed us to enjoy this beautiful climb in northeast Wyoming.