TOP 100 U.S. CYCLING CLIMBS

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Elevation (ft)
U.S. Rank World
Rank
Climb Name State Fiets Index
Score
Distance
(mi)
Average
Grade
Start Peak Gained Descent
1 1 Mauna Kea
HI, USA
29.2 42.6 6.1% 3 13,842 13,863 98
2 15 Haleakala
HI, USA
18.2 35.6 5.3% 12 9,988 10,068 92
3 18 Mt Washington Auto Rd
NH, USA
18.2 7.4 12.1% 1,588 6,300 4,712 0
4 22 Pikes Peak
CO, USA
17.8 24.2 6.1% 6,343 14,128 8,037 252
5 53 Kaloko Dr
HI, USA
14.6 11.6 8.7% 90 5,385 5,295 0
6 59 Onion Valley Rd
CA, USA
14.3 12.9 7.8% 3,946 9,219 5,275 1
7 71 Horseshoe Meadows Rd
CA, USA
13.7 19.2 6.2% 3,817 10,043 6,582 356
8 73 Mauna Loa
HI, USA
13.6 62.2 3.4% 2 10,993 11,848 857
9 74 Waipoli Rd
HI, USA
13.5 12.7 7.8% 1,072 6,323 5,290 58
10 89 White Mountain
CA, USA
12.9 20.3 5.8% 3,946 10,119 6,392 226
11 104 Powder Mountain
UT, USA
12.5 7.2 9.7% 5,189 8,867 3,684 7
12 108 Mount Evans
CO, USA
12.4 27.4 4.5% 7,560 14,129 6,744 193
13 115 Sherman Pass West
CA, USA
12.2 15.5 6.5% 3,814 9,116 5,305 3
14 124 Whitney Portal
CA, USA
12.1 11.4 7.6% 3,802 8,358 4,556 10
15 Guardsman Pass
UT, USA
12 8.8 8.5% 5,795 9,698 3,927 24
16 Hwy 39-Dawson Saddle
CA, USA
11.7 23.4 5.2% 1,466 7,913 6,800 353
17 Nate Harrison Grade
CA, USA
11.6 10.3 8.2% 904 5,324 4,440 24
18 Mineral King Road
CA, USA
11.6 24.4 5.1% 1,186 7,752 7,026 460
19 Alternate Route 14
WY, USA
11.4 13.2 6.7% 4,435 9,117 4,855 197
20 Mt Graham
AZ, USA
11.3 20.1 5.5% 3,249 9,018 6,092 323
21 Whitaker Forest
CA, USA
11.3 23 5.2% 1,300 7,605 7,018 713
22 Lee Canyon
NV, USA
11.2 17.3 5.9% 3,336 8,700 5,388 24
23 Grand Mesa North
CO, USA
11.1 21.4 5.1% 5,167 10,882 5,848 133
24 South Lake
CA, USA
11 18.9 5.4% 4,404 9,831 5,538 151
25 Hwy 198 (General’s Highway)
CA, USA
11 20.5 5.5% 1,311 7,201 6,092 202
26 Mt. Equinox
VT, USA
10.9 5.3 11.3% 653 3,787 3,151 17
27 Shirley Meadows East
CA, USA
10.9 9.9 7.9% 2,697 6,789 4,125 32
28 Rock Creek Road
CA, USA
10.7 20.7 5.1% 4,669 10,233 5,866 301
29 Little Cottonwood Canyon
UT, USA
10.7 10.5 7.2% 5,383 9,393 4,010 0
30 Wheeler Peak
NV, USA
10.6 15.9 5.8% 5,320 10,167 4,882 50
31 Nine Mile Canyon
CA, USA
10.5 15.7 6% 2,581 7,594 5,045 45
32 Bear Creek Road
CA, USA
10.5 16 6.1% 1,394 6,529 5,291 180
33 Lake Sabrina
CA, USA
10.3 15.7 5.8% 4,405 9,219 4,886 74
34 Mt. Baldy
CA, USA
10.3 13.1 6.7% 1,641 6,261 4,748 129
35 Lee Canyon + Hwy 158
NV, USA
10.2 16.3 5.7% 3,328 8,292 4,986 89
36 Big Cottonwood Canyon
UT, USA
10.1 16.9 5.5% 4,909 9,773 5,052 188
37 Mt. Lemmon
AZ, USA
10 28.8 4.2% 2,760 9,170 7,159 751
38 Hwy 143
UT, USA
10 14 5.9% 6,080 10,445 4,375 10
39 Palomar Mountain South Grade
CA, USA
10 12.4 6.9% 1,038 5,515 4,484 7
40 Hwy 190
CA, USA
9.9 22.3 5% 1,204 7,026 6,092 270
41 White Mountain East
CA, USA
9.7 18.1 5.1% 5,134 10,040 5,115 264
42 Whiteface Mountain
NY, USA
9.6 7.9 8.4% 1,042 4,606 3,566 45
43 Hwy 330
CA, USA
9.6 21.6 4.9% 1,460 7,064 5,884 283
44 Glacier Lodge Road
CA, USA
9.3 9.9 7.1% 4,031 7,728 3,701 19
45 Hwy 21-245-180-198
CA, USA
9.3 28.4 4.2% 1,308 7,575 6,771 505
46 Sonora Pass West
CA, USA
9.2 9.1 7.1% 6,306 9,696 3,458 69
47 Hwy 180 & 198
CA, USA
9.2 25.5 4.4% 1,604 7,525 6,195 274
48 Mt. Harrison
ID, USA
9.2 14.6 5.6% 4,927 9,236 4,323 14
49 Kyle Canyon + Hwy 158
NV, USA
9.1 21.6 4.7% 2,821 8,161 5,385 50
50 Hwy 18 – Old Waterman Canyon
CA, USA
9.1 12.7 6.4% 1,416 5,684 4,372 105
51 Empire Pass, Midway
UT, USA
8.9 8 7.5% 5,797 8,947 3,232 82
52 Towne Pass East
CA, USA
8.9 16.9 5.6% -6 4,949 4,956 1
53 Mount Mansfield (Race to Top of Vermont)
VT, USA
8.9 4.2 11.5% 1,288 3,798 2,511 1
54 Trail Ridge
CO, USA
8.8 43.9 2.9% 5,328 12,151 7,767 962
55 Grand Mesa South
CO, USA
8.8 19.1 4.6% 6,215 10,846 4,722 90
56 Granite Pass
WY, USA
8.8 17.7 5% 4,402 9,043 4,756 115
57 Mt. Shasta
CA, USA
8.6 14.2 5.7% 3,637 7,856 4,224 4
58 Hurricane Ridge
WA, USA
8.6 17.9 5.3% 214 5,201 5,272 287
59 East Portal
CO, USA
8.5 3.3 11.4% 6,557 8,558 2,001 0
60 Gibraltar Road
CA, USA
8.5 9.8 7.3% 204 3,965 3,863 102
61 Etna Summit West
CA, USA
8.5 6.9 8.3% 2,981 6,016 3,055 20
62 Kyle Canyon
NV, USA
8.5 21.2 4.5% 2,821 7,924 5,121 51
63 GO Road Summit
CA, USA
8.5 6.6 8.9% 707 3,797 3,089 16
64 Wildrose
CA, USA
8.5 14.6 5.7% 1,354 5,768 4,415 2
65 Hwy 39 – Crystal Lake
CA, USA
8.5 14.1 5.8% 1,466 5,807 4,481 140
66 Independence Pass West
CO, USA
8.4 15.8 4.8% 8,120 12,087 3,984 19
67 Sandia Crest
NM, USA
8.4 13.5 5.3% 6,883 10,667 3,912 128
68 Stainback Road
HI, USA
8.4 18.3 5.2% 257 5,227 4,970 0
69 Refugio Road
CA, USA
8.4 10 7.1% 408 4,159 3,792 41
70 Death Valley Road (East)
CA, USA
8.4 15.1 5.4% 3,423 7,715 4,375 83
71 Portuguese Pass West
CA, USA
8.4 13.6 5.7% 3,265 7,357 4,264 173
72 Left Hand Canyon
CO, USA
8.3 22.5 4.1% 5,613 10,495 4,960 77
73 Cold Springs Summit (Beasore Road)
CA, USA
8.3 11.6 6.2% 3,556 7,317 3,814 53
74 Mt. Ascutney
VT, USA
8.2 3.5 12.2% 517 2,752 2,236 0
75 Mt. Rose East
NV, USA
8.2 16.7 4.9% 4,584 8,921 4,351 13
76 Hwy 31 West
UT, USA
8.2 13.4 5.3% 5,989 9,778 3,894 114
77 Onyx Summit
CA, USA
8.1 30.4 3.7% 2,680 8,545 6,734 870
78 Tollhouse Road
CA, USA
8.1 10.2 6.7% 1,862 5,495 3,673 57
79 Hwy 153
UT, USA
8.1 18 4.5% 6,050 10,363 4,375 62
80 Wolf Creek Pass, South
CO, USA
8.1 8.7 6.4% 7,906 10,860 2,953 1
81 Pine Creek
CA, USA
8.1 8.8 6.9% 4,639 7,834 3,194 0
82 Hicks Road to Mt. Umunhum (north)
CA, USA
8.1 5.1 10% 654 3,327 2,673 0
83 Daylight Pass
CA, USA
8.1 12.8 6.1% 182 4,330 4,148 1
84 Slumgulion Pass
CO, USA
8.1 7.6 6.8% 8,845 11,540 2,700 5
85 Hwy 38 – Valley of the Falls
CA, USA
8 14.9 5.5% 1,766 6,066 4,347 50
86 Monitor Pass East
CA, USA
8 9.5 6.5% 5,101 8,358 3,261 4
87 Hwy 14 East
WY, USA
8 16.2 5% 4,021 8,280 4,409 149
88 Mission Ridge
WA, USA
8 11 6.6% 790 4,586 3,808 12
89 Cottonwood Pass
CO, USA
8 19.2 4.1% 7,943 12,122 4,258 78
90 Cloudcroft – Hwy 82
NM, USA
7.9 14.2 5.2% 4,721 8,645 4,008 95
91 Burke Mountain
VT, USA
7.9 3.3 12.3% 1,122 3,240 2,117 0
92 Hwy 18 North
CA, USA
7.9 10.8 6.3% 3,312 6,864 3,554 3
93 Bear Camp West
OR, USA
7.9 16.5 5.3% 126 4,725 4,624 25
94 Sisar Canyon Road
CA, USA
7.9 8.8 7.2% 1,572 4,927 3,371 15
95 Baldwin – Olinda Roads
HI, USA
7.8 12.4 6.2% 13 4,052 4,044 5
96 Balch Park Road
CA, USA
7.8 18 4.9% 1,805 6,435 4,897 285
97 Dante’s View
CA, USA
7.8 24 4.3% 8 5,454 5,453 7
98 Mt. Hood
OR, USA
7.8 15.1 5.4% 1,620 5,908 4,301 13
99 Cedar Canyon
UT, USA
7.8 16.7 4.6% 5,876 9,941 4,097 45
100 Beartooth Pass North
MT, USA
7.7 30 3.3% 5,628 10,906 5,743 465

*We have chosen to use an objective index to quantify and rank climbs – The Fiets Index (developed by the Dutch cycling magazine Fiets).

The actual formula is: [H^2/D*10] + (T-1000:1000; but only if greater than 0)

  • H = ending elevation minus starting elevation in meters.
  • D = total distance traveled in meters.
  • T = Height in meters.

Note: Only add T-1000 if that number is greater than zero. ​

This data has been provided by PJAMM Cycling.