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Grand Mesa Summit 

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Hover cursor over segment slices (left) 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 Grand Mesa South 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.

Cycling Colorado

Grand Mesa South


  • Distance:                                19.1 miles                     

  • Beginning elevation:            6,215''

  • Ending elevation:                 10,875'

  • Elevation gained:                 4,631'

  • Average Grade:                   4.8%

  • Fiets Index:                           8.75
  • Location:  Climb begins on Hwy 65 and E. Main St, Cedaredge, CO along the Grand Mesa Scenic Historic Byway ( 38.9008, -107.92371 latitude/longitude).

Ride Description

 #54 on the Top 100 list, this climb travels into the Grand Mesa National Forest (Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world) and shares its summit with Top 100 climb #24, Grand Mesa North (21.4 miles, 6.1%, 5,726' gained - which begins 40 miles to the north of the Cedaredge start for Grand Mesa South). The other Top 100 climb in the vicinity is #61 East Portal50 miles south (3.3 miles 11.6% average grade, 1,966' of climbing). This is a scenic and challenging climb, particularly if done as an out-and-back with Grand Mesa North.