Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Grand Mesa Summit
Start(click and drag map; double click to move forward)
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.
#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.