Cycling and climbing by bike the top climbs in Washington State including biking arouund Seattle, Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Mt. Spokane, Mission Ridge, Mt. Baker, Mt. Constitution, Mt. Rainier and more This page contains the top bicycling routes and climbs in the state of Washington. These climbs can be viewed via the map below (scroll in to view climbs in particular areas), or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged 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. You can also view the Top 10 Bike Climbs in Washington, 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 best bicycling and biking climbs in Washington.
Washington’s Top Bike Climb - Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.
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
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.
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 is heavily forested for most of the climb, and in a National Park.
23 seconds of Hurricane Ridge
Our full 3:42 YouTube Video of Hurricane Ridge.
#2 of 5 (US #88)
MISSION RIDGE, WENATCHEE
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.
Sections of this climb are very steep -0 11% for a full ½ mile at mile 8.
#3 of 5 (US #114)
MT. SPOKANE, SPOKANE
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
6 Miles, 2,393’ gained 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
Ride from the Columbia River to Sherman Pass, WA
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.