Washington - Top Bike Climbs

#1
Hurricane Ridge
USA, WA
#2
Mission Ridge
USA, WA
#3
Mt. Spokane
USA, WA
#4
Lion Rock
USA, WA
#5
McNeil Canyon Road
USA, WA
#6
Sherman Pass
USA, WA
#7
Boulder Creek Pass East
USA, WA
#8
Chinook Pass
USA, WA
#9
Badger Mountain Road
USA, WA
#10
Mt. Baker
USA, WA

Climb List: Washington
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Cycling Washington

Washington Top Bike Climbs - Cycling Hurricane Ridge - Visitor Center - dear with mountains in background

Cycling Washington State’s Top Bike Climbs

Photo: Washington’s Top Bike Climb, Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.

Washington's Top Climbs - photo collage, Mt. Baker, Sunrise Highway (Mt. Rainier), Hurricane Ridge, Mt. Constitution, Highway 129; PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

We LOVE climbing by bike in Washington!!!

Photo clockwise from top left:

Mt. Baker, Sunrise Highway (Mt. Rainier), Hurricane Ridge, Mt. Constitution, and Highway 129 (center)

The top bike climbs in Washington are all in the northern part of the state, with the top climb, Hurricane Ridge, nestled in the far northwestern corner.  The top five bike climbs in Washington are:

#1 of 5 (US #57)

HURRICANE RIDGE, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Washington's Top Climbs - cyclists standing in front of sign for Olympic National Park

In our opinion Hurricane Ridge is one of THE most scenic cycling climbs in the US, most of which travels through spectacular Olympic National Park in Washington state.  This is an exceptional climb for many reasons including its gorgeous scenery and magnificent views, the incredible road, super fun descent, it the fact that it is heavily forested for most of the climb, and in a National Park.

Deer at Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

23 seconds of Hurricane Ridge

Our full 3:42 YouTube Video of Hurricane Ridge.

#2 of 5 (US #88)

MISSION RIDGE, WENATCHEE

Washington's Top Climbs - view looking down roadway on Mission Ridge

Cycling Mission Ridge, a northern Washington Top 100 US Bike Climb.

Ride 11 miles gaining 3,954’ to elevation 4,586’ at 6.5% average grade.

We begin this one smack dab in the middle of Washington in the town of Wenatchee, which is known as the “Apple Capital of the World” and, sure enough, the lower portion of this climb travels through apple and pear orchards.  In spite of the moderate average temperatures during the summer, the Wenatchee area can be very hot (over 100 degrees for our climb in August), so be prepared for that -- although the temperature will be 10-20 degrees cooler at the top of the climb.

Bike climb - Washington Top Bike Climbs - Mission Ridge - cyclists riding past steep grade road sign

Sections of this climb are very steep --11% for a full half mile at mile 8.

#3 of 5 (US #114)

MT. SPOKANE, SPOKANE

Washington Top Bike Climbs - Climbing Mt. Spokane Park Drive by bike - roadway and log bridge across creek

Come for the climb, stay for the descent.  We don’t usually lead with this, but for this one it’s appropriate -- this is a Top 10 US descent.  The perfect serpentine smooth roadway for much of the upper descent, along with the steep grade, makes for a very exciting and fun descent – one of the best for technical descending.   There are fantastic views to the south along the switchbacks beginning after turning onto summit road at mile 9.4 (unfortunately, our visibility was diminished by a significant haze in the distance when we climbed the mountain in August 2015).  

#4 of 5

McNEIL CANYON, CHELAN FALLS

Washington's Top Climbs - Cyclist ascending steep section of roadway on McNeil Canyon climb in Chelan Falls

Ride six miles, gaining 2,393’ at 7.5%.

Along with Mission Ridge and Badger Mountain Road, the McNeil Canyon bike climb is one of three top Washington climbs within 40 miles of each other.  This six mile ride has an average of 7.5% gradient throughout.

#5 of 5

SHERMAN PASS, KETTLE FALLS

Cycling Washington Top Bike Climbs - cyclists with bike at summit sign 

Ride from the Columbia River to Sherman Pass, Washington

22 miles gaining 4,484’ at 3.6%.

This 22 mile bike climb begins right on the banks of the Columbia River, in Kettle Falls, Washington and has an average 3.6% gradient throughout.