Rist Canyon East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Rist Canyon East

CO, USA

The top bike climb near Fort Collins.

Page Contributor(s): Ben Loftin, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Climb Summary


Cycling Rist Canyon East - large cylindrical hay bales in field

Cycling Rist Canyon East

Ride 11 miles gaining 2,910’ to elevation 7,995’ at 5% average grade.

This is a moderately long climb that has several quarter-mile+ segments in the 10% average grade range.  The Steepest quarter-mile comes in the last mile of the climb and averages 11%.  The last mile is the most difficult section of the climb as it averages nearly 9% to the top.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, aerial view of PJAMM Cycling's white SAG vehicle parked next to road sign for Rist Canyon Road, aerial view of climb, bike handlebars with yellow Bellvue Store building behind, cyclists riding along straight portion of roadway, then on curved portion next to sign for 12% grade

This climb begins in the very interesting town of Bellvue.  Spend a few minutes riding around Bellvue and you will enjoy some interesting structures and artistic arrangements along the roadway.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, bike parked at various points along the climb: against fence next to yellow fire hydrant and green field, against sign for town of Bellvue, old red horse trailer, large gnarled tree, in front of yellow Bellvue store

Scenes within a few blocks of the start.

Upper left photo: Goat Hill as seen from Rist Canyon Road.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, bike parked at Stop sign in front of yellow Bellvue store, cyclists getting ready to leave from PJAMM Cycling's white SAG van, climb map and gradient

Climb begins at the intersection of Rist Canyon Road and County Route 23.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, bike parked in front of red brick building, Grange Hall, signs for Old Flowers Store and Post Office, Bellvue Senior Center

Grange Hall is on a corner of the start.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, bike parked on roadside in pastureland, rural farm buildings in distance, including old red barn and white silo

We ride through farmland along the first mile of the climb.

Bellevue is an agricultural community in the Pleasant Valley just northwest of Fort Collins.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - milk trucks parked in fields along roadway, near road signs at intersection of Rist Canyon Road and County Road 25E

We thought the seemingly abandoned old milk trucks were of scenic interest.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - PJAMM Cycling's white SAG van parked on roadside near old graffitied abandoned milk truck in field

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, large cylindrical bales of hay in field, cyclist riding on roadside next to field

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, vies along roadway near Bellvue and beyond, including boulder painted bright blue with dinosaur face on it, sign with info on Rist Canyon Fire Department's annual budget

These photos are representative of the interesting and fun scenery along this challenging bike climb.

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, climb map and gradient profile, cyclists riding on straight portion of two-lane roadway, PJAMM Cycling's white SAG vehicle

Cycling Rist Canyon East - rear-view mirror view of two cyclists approaching SAG vehicle

Cycling Rist Canyon East - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, signs for 12% grade, Rist Canyon, Garmin device

Finish the climb at 7,938’, according to Garmin.

That’s a wrap!!