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Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Daylight Pass 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.

Daylight Pass 

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View from Hell's Gate

Daylight Pass

 Death Valley, CA

​     Stats

  • Distance:                                          12.8 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                      176'

  • Ending elevation:                            4,313'

  • Elevation gained:                            4,121'

  • Average Grade:                               6%

  • Fiets Index:                                       8.0
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Scotty's Castle Road and Daylight Pass Road, .7 miles northwest of Hwy 190,  136 miles northwest of Las Vegas International Airport and  and 273 miles northeast of LAX (36.6464, -117.04131 latitude/longitude).  


Ride Description


The climb begins in the heart of Death Valley National Park and ends just west of the California/Nevada state line. The first several miles of this climb are on a long, straight road that can be demoralizing in the heat. Views along this route do not favor us with some of the spectacular vistas we see on some of the Death Valley Climbs (e.g. Dantes View and Townes Pass West). The sights along the entire climb are of hilly stark terrain with very little vegetation other than scrub brush. We are not aware of water along this route and bringing enough (too much) water is highly recommended. This climb is one of the least scenic of the 5 Top 100 climbs located in Death Valley, but certainly a challenge and can be done in conjunction with #81 Dantes View. The other climbs in Death Valley are #50 Townes Pass East, #56 Wildrose and #90 Townes Pass West. Mile 6.6 is the merge of Daylight Pass and Beatty Cutoff Roads (Hell's Gate - view on banner photo, above) where there is a picnic table and shade.

Weather: Do NOT attempt these climbs in the summer when the average​ temperatures range from 101-116 between May and September.

     Traffic and Roadway report:  As of October, 2014, the roadway surface was excellent throughout this ride but the shoulder is fairly narrow.  There is minimal but fast moving traffic along this climb.