Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Photos are in order from bottom of climb to top. Thanks to Ron Hawks for his photo contribution to this page.
Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment.
Start (click and drag map; double click to move forward)
Each elevation segment is ~ 1/4 mile.
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the N4 Table Mountain 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.
The first 3 miles of this climb are at 4.3% average grade and we are surrounded by Joshua Trees as we climb towards the mountains. At mile 3, the scenery changes as we begin to enter a canyon-like setting and the road ramps up a bit to an average of 6.2% for the next 3 miles to the left turn from Vista Largo Road onto N4/Big Pines Hwy. We enter Angeles National Forest at 9.4 miles and are surrounded by alpine forest the remainder of the ride. At mile 12.5 turn left onto Table mountain and the remaining 1.3 miles to the finish at Mt. High Ski Resort are at 7.3% average grade. This is a remote climb along a very lightly used road, feels safe and is just a nice and enjoyable climb.
Food and Fluids: There are no provisions along the way and it is unlikely the ski resort cafeteria will be open when you do this climb, so bring sufficient food/water for a 27 mile round trip that includes 4,000' of climbing.
Traffic and Roadway report: As of October, 2014, the roadway surface was very good and, while there is no shoulder, there is very little traffic and the road felt safe.