Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
U.S. / Metric
Ridden by PJAMM July 2, 2016
This climb begins in the heart of Jasper National Park and offers many of the breathtaking views of majestic steep mountains that we see throughout this extremely scenic and popular national park. While the climb itself is moderately challenging, it is the magnificent views and peaceful surroundings that set this climb apart.
While the first mile is on moderately travelled Hwy 93A, after turning right at kilometer 2/mile 1.2, there is very little traffic along this peaceful and scenic climb (see slide show). While there is a fairly flat 2 kilometers from 1.6 – 3.5 kilometers, the majority of the climb is in the 5-7% range. The last kilometer of the climb is past the closed single pipe gate (easy to go under or over) on hard packed dirt/gravel ending at the top ski resort parking lot (lot 3). This final segment of our climb is easily managed on a road bike.
The descent is remarkable for the incredible views before us much of the way down on smooth pavement at moderate and generally consistent grade.
Roadway surface and traffic: there is very little traffic along this route – we encountered only a handful of vehicles along the way during our mid-morning July 2, 2016 climb. The roadway is wide and in excellent condition.
Bonus points: We saw a bear and cub cross the road in front of us during our ride (Photo).
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Marmot Basin 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.
Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment