This is one of the 9 Top 100 U.S. climbs in the Owens Valley - the mecca of road bike climbing in the United States and perhaps the world. Other Top 100 U.S. Climbs in the area are #6 Onion Valley, #7 Horseshoe Meadow, #9 White Mountain, #13 Whitney Portal, #24 South Lake, #28 Rock Creek, #29 Lake Sabrina, and #64 Pine Creek.
The start to mile 2.5 is gradual, at an average 5.5%, but the grade rises thereafter - 7.3% for the next mile, 9.2% for miles 3.5-5.5, with an overall average of 7.2% from miles 2.5 to the finish 7.1 miles later. Like many of the Owens Valley climbs, the first several miles are through a lower desert-like setting with scrub brush and barren land with the eastern Sierra Nevada Rance slowly approaching. At the 5 mile mark we begin to climb through a shallow canyon for several miles. At the 6.5 mile mark we begin to see pine trees and by mile 8 are squarely in a Sierra Nevada alpine forest setting. Beware of the heat during the summer months which averages 92 (June), 98 (July) and 96 (August).
Traffic and Roadway report: The roadway surface is good throughout this ride and the traffic is very light.
Each elevation segment is ~ 1/5 mile.
Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment.
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Glacier Lodge Road 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.
Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.