Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Thanks much to Ron Cushing for this banner photo
Hover cursor over segment slices (right) for exact grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Hwy 143 RideWithGPS page. Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub- segment for this climb. Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the mouse at the end point. This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page: (a) distance, (b) elevation gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.
Start (click and drag map; double click to move forward)
The Hwy 143 climb starts near Parowan in the fairly remote southwestern section of Utah, sandwiched between 2 other Top 100 U.S. Climbs (#73 Hwy 153 37 miles north and #71 Kolob Terrace Rd 68 miles to the sourth). The first 6 1/2 miles of this climb are a good warm up at 4.8% while the next 4.5 miles ramp up with an 8.4% average grade (10.2% average grade for the steepest part of the climb - 1.7 miles from mile 9.4 to 11.1). Our view is primarily of forest as we climb 11 miles up to the tiny ski resort community of Brian Head. The 3 miles through and beyond Brian Headare more open and less wooded as we are beginning to move close to above tree line.
Roadway-Traffic Report: Very good roadway, but it is a highway, so we do encounter light but fast traveling traffic with minimal to no shoulder to ride on.