Powder Mountain Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Powder Mountain


Cycling Powder Mountain - the steepest and hardest bike climb in Utah.

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Climb Summary

Bike at top of powder mountain climb by bike

 Cycling Powder Mountain: One of the most difficult bike climbs in Utah and the US.

This climb averages double digits and is ranked #1 Utah/#11 US/#101 World.

The Powder Mountain bike climb is the most difficult climb by bike in Utah.

Just getting started -- steep from the outset!

Bring your climbing legs for the very challenging Powder Mountain bike climb near Salt Lake City, Utah.  The ride begins with a  modest 5.1% average grade for the first 1 ½ miles, and ends with 5.6  miles of 11.1% average grade, with Mile 3-4 at 13.8%.   As is dramatically evident from the elevation grid above, the orange-red sections, representing 8-15% grades, are prominent continuously through the final two-thirds of the climb. This is a very unusual elevation profile as we rarely see five continuous miles of such steep gradient.  

Cyclist passing roadway warning sign

We are most definitely in snow country in these parts.  

This climb takes us to the base of Powder Mountain Ski Resort. 

PJAMM bicyclist passing steep grade sign on Powder Mountain bike climb

Fair warning!

This is an exceptional and worthwhile cycling challenge and the top bike climb in Utah. The start point is only an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport, and can be climbed in the same day as #30 Little Cottonwood Canyon (74 miles south),  #36 Big Cottonwood Canyon (70 miles south), or #15 Guardsman and #50 Empire Pass from Midway, which begin at the same location and are 101 miles south of the beginning of the Powder Mountain climb.

The Powder Mountain bike climb begins at the northern end of Eden, Utah and ends a little over a mile up the hill past Powder Mountain ski/board area.

Turn right onto Summit Pass Road at mile 5.8 - 1.3 miles at 9.3% to the top.                                                                                 

Road to top of Powder Mountain climb by bike

Summit Pass Road Sign with cyclist on Powder Mountain Utah bike climb.

Summit Pass -- New top of the Powder Mountain bike climb.


Start of steepest grade starts at mile 3 (15.%)

Roadway/Traffic/Descent Report:  The roadway is very good and there is minimal traffic on this climb.  The descent is one of the fastest you will ever experience.  The author had a close call with high speed front wheel shimmy for the first time ever while descending this mountain -- yikes.

Summit Pass Road Sign with cyclist on Powder Mountain Utah bike climb.

That’s a wrap!


Tom Danielson (USA; Tour of Utah 2013 and 2014)  wins stage 4 2014 Tour California

Photo: Cyclingnews.com

The Tour of Utah, nicknamed “America’s Toughest Stage Race”  began in 2000 and received 2 HC status in 2011.  Powder Mountain has been featured as a stage finish twice since 2011 (2014 - Tom Danielson; 2019 Ben Hermans).  Ben Hermans was second to Danielson in 2014 and then won the stage in 2019.

Summit Pass Road Sign with cyclist on Powder Mountain Utah bike climb.

Summit Pass Road Sign with cyclist on Powder Mountain Utah bike climb. 

Ben Hermans (BEL; Israel Cycling Academy) wins Stage 2 Tour of Utah

Stage finished at Powder Mountain Resort August 16, 2019

Photo:  Cyclingnews.com

Stage 2 of 2019 Tour of Utah finished at the top of the Powder Mountain climb listed on our website on August 14, 2019.  Official Tour of Utah Stage 2 web page. Stage 2 was 84.4 miles from Brigham City to Powder Mountain Resort and included 7,316’ of climbing.  This was a beast of a climb for a stage finish - if Octave Lapize were riding this one, we know what he would say - ASSASSINS!  (See Col du Tourmalet Tour de France history at our Tourmalet Climb Page).