Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Powder River Pass West
Steepest Gradient (%)
Click on above gradient to display on profile.
Wow! Cycling Powder River, Wyoming.
Ride 24.8 miles gaining 5,258’ at 3.8% average grade.
A spectacular bike climb into the Bighorn National Forest and the Bighorn Mountains of the Rocky Mountain Range.
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.
Scenic rock formations throughout the climb.
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.
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.