Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Start(click and drag map; double click to move forward)
Hover cursor over segment slices (below) 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 38/Valley of the Falls 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.
This climb begins very gradually and through uninspiring landscape (if one were looking for the most scenic v. most challenging ride, begin this climb at mile 4.3 at the intersection of Hwy 38 and Bryant St - shaving off several miles of heavy and fast traffic and unscenic views, but also 880' @ 3.9%). We enter San Bernardino National Forest at about mile 5.5, but continue on a very busy road (although with a very wide shoulder - see YouTube Playlist) for another 5.1 miles (at 5.7% average grade) until the fork of Hwy 38 and Valley of the Falls Drive (at mile 10.6). The final 4.2 miles on Valley of the Falls Drive is through a canyon setting which becomes very forested and scenic at about the 12 miles mark. The climb from the fork to the top of the climb is 4.2 miles at 6.9% average grade. As of October, 2014, there is a Mexican restaurant and Elkhorn General Store at mile 13.8.