Bike Climbing Database (updated Jan 2007)

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Southern California

Climb Location Distance Elevation Gain Ave Grade/ Max Quality Rating Cat Comments
Mt Palomar N. San Diego Cty 11.00 4,200 7.3%/12% **** hor can make 5m longer. steady. only steep section is above rest at summit.
Mt. Wilson San Gabriel Mtns 17.00 4,650 5.2%/ *** hor can have a lot of traffic.
Fargo St Los Angeles 300m(est) 30% *** steepest street in LA. street to the left is a good warm-up
Black Cyn Chatworth 1.5 20%?/30% **** great climb. 3 very hard sections with breaks.
Arbutus Santa Monica Mtns .30 160 10.2% ** (3 bitches --ave 10.4%--...
Banyan Santa Monica Mtns .20 170 16.3% ** some short breaks or...
Cordelia Santa Monica Mtns .45 190 8.0% ** could be really hard)
Mandeville Santa Monica Mtns 5.1 1,000 3.7%/11% ** 3 steep bit last 100m
Westridge Santa Monica Mtns 2.2 780 6.7%/14% ** 3 saves best for last
Palisades Dr Santa Monica Mtns 4.1 1,440 6.7%/11% * 3 bad traffic! last bit toughest
La Tuna Santa Monica Mtns 7.5 (saddle) 2,410 7%/20%? ***** 1 one-way so illegal but fantastic. middle is HARD
Las Flores Santa Monica Mtns 3.95 (R P) 
8.8 (saddle)
2,250 8.3%/16+% **** 1 traffic can be annoying. hard sec starts 1m from pch
Old Topanga Santa Monica Mtns 1.4 420 5.7%/8.8% *** better going south. long cool descent.
Old Topanga Santa Monica Mtns 3.9 744 3.9%/6.5% ** can have a lot of traffic.
Fernwood Santa Monica Mtns 5.2 1,580 6.5%/12% *** 1 steeper than stunt lower half. can have traffic but nice
Stunt Santa Monica Mtns 3.95 1,240 6.0% **** 2 steady, pretty, saddle peak summit is amazing!
Schurren Santa Monica Mtns 510 **** finish of piuma/las flores, around 4-5%
Piuma Santa Monica Mtns 5.2 1,650 7%/10% ***** 1 beautiful climb slightly steeper near top.
Corral Cyn Santa Monica Mtns 5% ? 10+% haven't done it. supposed to be the steepest climb around. is also a dead end.
Latigo  Santa Monica Mtns 9.15 2,220 5.3%/11% ***** 1 just classic. varies but never too steep.
Latigo  Santa Monica Mtns 1.1 6.8%/11% from kanan to summit
Encinal Santa Monica Mtns 5.20 1,450 5.4%/8% **** 2 from PCH. easiest long climb around. nice n' steady
Encinal Santa Monica Mtns 1.1 345 6%/13% ** from detention camp
Encinal Santa Monica Mtns 1.9 585 6.2%/8% *** from malibu country club
Kanan Santa Monica Mtns 5.3 1,630 app 6%/8% ** 2 too much traffic but screaming descent
Decker Cyn Santa Monica Mtns 5.2 1,650 6.7%/17% *** 1 from PCH. wicked steep for first mile
Decker Cyn Santa Monica Mtns 2.6 6.9%/22% *** 1 from valley, westlake
Mulholland Santa Monica Mtns 7.1 4.0%/10% **** from PCH long, steady, and easy-ish
Mulholland Santa Monica Mtns 2.3 7.1%/11% *** from rock store to kanan. nice.
Mulholland Santa Monica Mtns 1.8 4.5%/8.6% ** climb north from las virgines
Mulholland Santa Monica Mtns 1.9 3.9%/7% ** 7 minute hill
Little Sycamore Santa Monica Mtns 2.8 54.9%/10% *** from mulholland to yerba summit.
Yerba Buena Santa Monica Mtns 8.3 2,410 5.5%/12% **** 1 bad pavement, otherwise perfect. gorgeous.
Deer Creek Santa Monica Mtns 2.3  1,355 12.7%/15% ***** 1 not over at the top. quiet. scenic. hard.
Cotharin Santa Monica Mtns 1.1 7.9%/13% *** back side of deer creek from yerba buena
Santa Monica Mtns not over at the top. quiet. scenic. hard.
Potrero Rd Santa Monica Mtns 4.6 6%/13.6% *** from Camarillo Hospital
Gibraltar Rd Santa Barbara 8 3,000+ 7% ***** hor one of the best climbs in US. figure 4K since you'll start from the ocean
Old San Marcos to La Cumbre Santa Barbara 10+ 3,000+ 6%/15% ***** hor painted cave rd very steep. camino cielo is easy but summit is a long way off.
Figuroa Mtn - South Santa Ynez long (loop is 40m) 4,000ish /10% ***** hor steepest bit on the low sections, then steady. amazing!
Figouroa Mtn - North Santa Ynez long (loop is 40m) 4,000ish /15% ***** hor after long gentle approach, super steep pitches w/rests
Refugio Rd Santa Barbara            
Woolsey Cyn Chatsworth 2.2 910 5/11% ****   complex. steep all the way (sign says private)
Santa Susanna Pass Chatsworth 2.3 560 4.5/6.5% **   climb up from topanga cyn
Santa Susanna Pass Chatsworth 2.1 530 4.6/7% **   from simi
Box Cyn Simi Valley .6 310 9.7% *   short and steep w/traffic. from valley circle
Box Cyn Chatsworth 2.3 810 6.6% **   winding and narrow w/traffic.
Little Tujunga Cyn Lake View Terrace 6.5 1500 5/10% ****   1st summit
Little Tujunga Cyn Lake View Terrace 2.0 650 6% ****   2nd summit
Lopez Cyn Lake View Terrace 2.1 710 5/12% *** 1st 1/2 mile very steep
Kagel Cyn Lake View Terrace 2.8 810 5/14% *** top of lopez past glen haven cemetary
Clearview Rd Benedict Canyon .5 985 15.3% **** 1 off benedict canyon is a dead end. take. unrelenting.
               

More So Cal climbs listed here at SoCal Velo

Mt. Baldy road

Glendora Mtn Road

Northern California

Climb Location Distance Elevation Gain Ave Grade/ Max Quality Rating Cat Comments
Moeser St Berkeley 1m 650 13%/20% * icky climb w/ some traffic
Marin St Berkeley .75m 800 20%/30% * super steep section w/ many short breaks. a lot of traffic so be careful. no weaving! be solid at the grade.
South Park Berkeley 1.3m 650 10/15% ** varying climb, keeps you working, nice turns and trees
Lomos Cantadas Berkeley 1m 700 13/22% **** rockin climb. hits hard, gives you a sec to catch your breath, then twists the screws to the top
Alvarado Berkeley 1.5m 800 10/18% **** rad climb, you have to switch street names a few times, but the line is intuitive rolls a couple times thus the lower average gradient. very euro hill town feeling
Claremont Berkeley 2.1 850 8/15% *** suckers you in. gets harder without looking harder. harder, then harder, then your lungs blow out your mouth
Thorndale Berkeley .75m 700 17/32% **** blasts you early, 200 m break, then just slams you with consistent 20% grinding to the final bloody switchback
Sobrante Berkeley .75m 700 15/33% *** really hard for the first half: gruesome 20% wall, then pretty much flat. all climbing in the first half
Panoramic Berkeley 1.1m 700 12/25% *** gradually pulls you in & slams you with steep finale
Centennial Berkeley 1.2m 750 12/17% ** first .25 pretty mellow, then kicks for real. too much traffic 
Mt Diablo              
Mt Tam              
Mt Hamilton              

The Sierra Nevada, CA

The Everest Challenge

Death Ride

Climb Location Distance Elevation Gain Ave Grade/ Max Quality Rating Category Comments
Horseshoe Meadow              
Whitney Portal              
Onion Valley              
Westguard Pass              
South Lake              
Pine Creek              
Rock Creek              
Mammoth Mtn              
Deadman's Summit              
Tioga Pass              
Sonora Pass              
Monitor Pass              
Ebbets Pass              
Kingsbury Grade              
Mt Rose              

Hawaii

Climb Location Distance Elevation Gain Ave Grade/ Max Quality Rating Category Comments
Mauna Kea Big Island 50 miles 13,000+   ***** hors rumored to be world's longest and hardest
Haleakala Maui 35 miles 10,000+ 5 to 6%/11% ***** hors sea level to top of volcano. loooong.

Utah

Climbs in the Wasatch Front

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Eastern USA

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Mt. Washington New Hampshire            

France

Climb Location Distance Elevation Gain Ave Grade/ Max Quality Rating Category Comments
L'Alpe d'Huez near grenoble 14k 4,000 7.9%/11% ***** hor perfect climb on perfect pavement w/ a perfect view. worth all the fuss.
Ventoux              
The Bastille grenoble 3k 20%/34% ***** short power test to great summit. last k is rugged.
               

Spain

Climb Location Distance Elevation Gain Ave Grade/ Max Quality Rating Category Comments
               

Italy

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Marmolada              

Misc

Climb Location Distance Elevation Gain Ave Grade/ Max Quality Rating Category Comments
               
Genting Highlands Malaysia            

Links to challenges and big climbing days

The Everest Challenge

Death Ride

El Muertito

The Best Ride in the Santa Monicas (El Muertito Grande)

7 Samurai and 10 in 10

Vuelta a Santa Monica

 

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