Traffic and Roadway report: The roadway surface, other than the first few miles, is very poor, rutted, pot-holed and with plenty of loose gravel that makes for a rough and bumpy descent. There is a bit more trailer traffic on this side of the mountain than the Bear Creek side, but this is still light and the motorists we encountered were always respectful and often offered an encouraging shouts and waves.
Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment.
Start (click and drag map; double click to move forward)
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Balch Park Road 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.