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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 Mix Canyon 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.


Cyclng and Climbing California,

Mix Canyon

Ride Description

​​Mix Canyon is a short but very challenging climb near Vacaville, CA.   The grade increases with each mile – mile 1 is 5.8%, mile 2 8.8%, mile 3 12.8% and, finally, the coup de grace - a whopping 13.4% for mile 4.  There are not many dramatic views (a couple of opportunities eastward down towards the Vacaville/Fairfield area towards the top).  What makes this climb notable is the significant and difficult grades over the lasts 2 miles.  There are no Top 100 rides in the near vicinity and this is not a “destination climb”, but it is a unique ride that is worthwhile if you happen to be or live in the area.

Traffic and roadway:  The roadway is very narrow, essentially a wide one laner the entire route.  The roadway surface is in moderate to somewhat poor condition in spots.  However, despite being fairly narrow, the road is safe as it has very little traffic.  The descent is technical and caution is mandatory due to the incredibly steep grade and narrow width of the roadway. The road dead ends at a no trespass sign at the top, about 4.75 miles from the beginning of Mix Canyon Road.

Start  (click and drag map; double click to move forward)

Statistics and Details

  • Distance:                         4.0 miles         

  • Beginning elevation:      486'

  • Ending elevation:             2,608    

  • Average Grade:                 11.1%

  • Fiets Index:                         6.92

  • Location:  Climb begins about .7 miles up Mix Canyon from its intersection with Pleasant Valley Road (38.41062, -122.05215 latitude/longitude) 69 miles from San Francisco International Airport and 41 miles from Sacramento International Airport.