Death Valley is the hottest location on average in the US with an average high temperature in July of 116 degrees. It is also home to the lowest point in the US - 270' below sea level. All roads in Death Valley are predominately straight (there are only 4 turns total on all climbs). We feel Dantes View is the most scenic Death Valley climb while Wildrose is the most adventuresome.
Cycling Death Valley
Along with areas in the Middle East, the deserts in Death Valley, California, are among the hottest places on earth. In Furnace Creek, Death Valley on July 10, 1913, the United States Weather Bureau recorded a temperature of 134° F (56.7° C), the hottest ambient air temperature to ever be recorded on Earth’s surface. In other words -- Death Valley is HOT. It’s also varied in its landscape: At 282’ below sea level, the valley’s Badwater Basin is the lowest point of elevation in North America. But you’ll only need to travel about 85 miles southeast of Badwater Basin to get to Mt. Whitney, which, at 14,505’, happens to be the highest point of elevation in the contiguous United States. You can read more about the history and makeup of Death Valley here.
Lying within Death Valley is Death Valley National Park. At 3.4 million acres Death Valley NP is the largest U.S. National Park located outside of Alaska. Even with almost 1,000 miles of roads providing access to locations within the park, 91% of DVNP is officially designated Wilderness, and as such, is protected land. Because of the high temperature and remote location, visiting Death Valley NP should be carefully planned. Spring is by far the most popular time to visit the park, with tourists coming from all over the world to witness the breathtaking wildflowers blooming within the desert oasis.
Death Valley Weather
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THE MOST SCENIC DEATH VALLEY BIKE CLIMB
Cycling Dantes View
24 miles gaining 5,453’ to 5,454’ at 4.3%.
This is the jewel of the five Death Valley Top 100 U.S. Climbs; it is epic and a must climb for any adventurous climbing cyclist. First, we start just across the highway from the "Sea Level" sign at the intersection of Badwater Road and lightly traveled Highway 190 and then begin a 24-mile journey that offers some of the most exceptional views in Death Valley.
Zabriskie Point at mile 5.5.
THE HARDEST DEATH VALLEY BIKE CLIMB
Cycling Towne Pass East
Start - Stovepipe Wells = 0’
Ride 17 miles gaining 4,956’ to 4,949’ at 5.6%.
Townes Pass East begins in Stovepipe Wells, California and, at #50 on the Top 100 Cycling Climbs list, is the highest ranked climb in Death Valley. We begin this climb in the heart of Death Valley at sea level and ride into what will likely be a powerful headwind.
#9 climb on of our 2014 Death Valley climb trip.
THE MOST REMOTE DEATH VALLEY BIKE CLIMB
Cycling Death Valley’s Wildrose Road -- the most remote US Top 100 Bike Climb.
Ride 14.6 miles gaining 4,475’ to elevation 5,808 at 5.8% average grade.
The Wildrose Road climb is quite a ways up there on our WOW scale. This cycling climb is best defined as "an adventure." You begin in Death Valley in a remote location that greets you with a "Road Closed" sign. Bonus points if you can make it the final 2.2 miles from the end of the pavement to the top of Charcoal Kilns Road which is very steep and very rocky.