The 10 Hardest Bike Climbs in New Mexico

#1
Sandia Crest
USA, NM
#2
Cloudcroft - Hwy 82
USA, NM
#3
Ski Apache
USA, NM
#4
Hwy 475
USA, NM
#5
Narbona Pass
USA, NM
#6
Hwy 4 East
USA, NM
#7
No Name Pass
USA, NM
#8
Mora Wall
USA, NM
#9
Emory Pass East
USA, NM
#10
Copperas Peak North
USA, NM

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FULL SUMMARY

sign for Sandia Crest, National Scenic Byway, Cibola National Forest

Sandia Crest is by far New Mexico’s hardest bike climb.

HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN NEW MEXICO

SANDIA CREST - BACKSIDE

View looking down from the top of Sandia Crest, looking down on suburbs below

View from the top of Sandia Crest.

This is a mildly used and little known route to the top of Sandia Crest which ranks #1 in New Mexico and #33 in the USA, well ahead of the fully paved more traditional route up to Sandia Crest.  The climb is 15.8 miles at 5.7% average grade gaining 4,727’ to elevation 10,658’. 3.5 miles of this route is gravel, but manageable on a road bike with 28mm tires.

HARDEST FULLY PAVED BIKE CLIMB IN NEW MEXICO

SANDIA CREST - FRONT SIDE

Photo collage including aerial photos of hairpin turns on the climb, snowy day, PJAMM Cyclist rides in the snow

The traditional, fully paved  and more popular route to Sandia Crest is along Highway 536.  This climb ranks #68 in the US and #2 in New Mexico, at a distance of 13.5 miles at 5.3% (5.9% climb only) and gains 3,912’ along the way.

NEW MEXICO’S THIRD HARDEST BIKE CLIMB

HIGHWAY 82 TO CLOUDCROFT

Ride 14.2 miles gaining 4,008’ to elevation 8,645’ at 5.2% average grade.

Highway 82 to Cloudcroft is ranked #91 in the US.

This climb is a rarity for Top 100 U.S. Climbs as it travels from one town (La Luz, population 1,697 in 2010) and ends in another town/village (Cloudcroft, population 697 in 2013) 14.2  miles and 3,943' up the mountain.  The climb enters Lincoln National Forest at mile one and stays there for the remainder of the climb.

Photo collage - high desert landscape, train bridge

We have researched and documented for this page the 30 hardest and most difficult bike climbs ever included in the Tour de France. 

The all-time hardest bike climbs of the Tour de France can be viewed on this page via the map (zoom in to view climbs in particular areas), by Climb Cards (photo and stats) or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged in metric or imperial units by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb. We feel this page provides a good summary of the top, hardest and best bicycling climbs of the Tour de France.

The 10 hardest bike climbs ever to appear in the Tour de France are %TOP10 

Also visit our 2023 Tour de France Home Page for all the stages, climbs, details of the 2023 Tour de France as well as all the historical data for the Grand Tour.