Cycling the Sierra Nevada Mountains - varied and amazing bike climbs

#1
Onion Valley Rd
USA, CA
#2
Horseshoe Meadows Road
USA, CA
#3
Sherman Pass West
USA, CA
#4
Whitney Portal
USA, CA
#5
Mineral King Road
USA, CA
#6
Bear Creek Road
USA, CA
#7
South Lake
USA, CA
#8
Hwy 198 (General's Highway)
USA, CA
#9
Shirley Meadows East
USA, CA
#10
Rock Creek Road
USA, CA

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FULL SUMMARY

Cycling the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Photos clockwise from top left:

Onion Valley Road; Whitaker Forest; Kings Canyon NP; Yosemite Valley; Whitney Portal (center)

Sierra Nevada is spanish for “snowy range.”  This mountain range, located on the eastern edge of California, is home to some of the greatest road bike climbs and climbing areas in the US and world.  This range runs 400 miles north-to-south and 70 miles across (east-to-west) and includes Lake Tahoe (the largest alpine lake in North America), three national parks (Yosemite, King, and Sequoia) and the highest point in the contiguous United States (Mt. Whitney).

CLIMBING AREAS OF THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS

(north to south)

Markleeville

Photos, clockwise from upper left:

Ebbetts Pass East; Monitor Pass West; Ebbetts Pass West. and Monitor Pass East.

Markleeville is home to one of the great one-day bike climbing events in the US, the Death Ride. The top and most popular bike climbs in this area are Monitor Pass (East and West) and Ebbetts Pass (East and West).

Yosemite National Park

Photos, clockwise from upper left:

El Capitan; Western Entrance; Tioga Pass; Hetch Hetchy Dam; Glacier Point (middle).

Yosemite is simply breathtaking -- a bucket list place to visit and a wonderful road biking experience.  We have ridden and documented all of the bike climbs in and around Yosemite and also ridden to and from Yosemite Valley and Lee Vining (the eastern entrance to the park).  It just doesn’t get any more beautiful than Yosemite NP!

Owens Valley

Photos, clockwise from upper left:

Pine Creek; Onion Valley; Horseshoe Meadows; Rock Creek; Whitney Portal (middle).

Owens Valley is one of the top five best areas in the world to climb by bike.  Eight of the 10 HC climbs in the Owens Valley are located on the east side of the valley, the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, which are steeper and more stark than the Western Sierras.  

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Photos, clockwise from upper left:

Bear Creek; Mineral King; Hwy 198; Whitaker Forest.

The great and unparalleled attraction here is the Giant Sequoia Redwood trees bordering the upper sections of Whitaker Forest, Highway 198, Mineral King Road, and Bear Creek Road -- we highly recommend these bike climbs -- they are spectacular and you will not be disappointed.

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.