Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.

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  • Distance:                               8.8 miles                        

  • Beginning elevation:             902'

  • Ending elevation:                 5,346'  

  • Elevation gained:                  4,431'

  • Average Grade:                    8.5%

  • Fiets Index:                          11.75
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Nate Harrison Grade and Hwy 76 in the Pauma Valley (San Diego County) 117 miles southeast of LAX and 61 miles north of San Diego International Airport  ( 33.31599, -116.9903 latitude/longitude).

Note: Scroll  in text box to view more of the Ride Description.


 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Nate Harrison Grade 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 (right), for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

​Start - note the grades of the climb cut into the hillside

Cycling California

Nate Harrison Grade, CA