Page Contributor(s): Ben Loftin, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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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.
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.
Scenes within a few blocks of the start.
Upper left photo: Goat Hill as seen from Rist Canyon Road.
Climb begins at the intersection of Rist Canyon Road and County Route 23.
Grange Hall is on a corner of the start.
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.
We thought the seemingly abandoned old milk trucks were of scenic interest.
These photos are representative of the interesting and fun scenery along this challenging bike climb.
Finish the climb at 7,938’, according to Garmin.
That’s a wrap!!