Ride Description


  This is a remote climb that is the furthest west of the 9 Top 100 climbs in Colorado and is located in the Grand Mesa National Forest - its claim to fame is that Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.   The climb can be done in connection with Grand Mesa South as Grand Mesa is a pass andGrand Mesa South is no slouch at 19 miles/4,600'/4.8% average grade (#54 Top U.S. 100).  As can be seen from our video of the climb,  the first  7 miles are spectacular for the distant mesa's that are in view for much of the first 2/3's of the climb, although the surrounding scenery is fairly modest with plenty of pasture surrounding us during the initial climb.  The first 13.8 miles of the climb are at 6.5% average grade while miles 13.8-21.4 are 3.5%. 

     Roadway and Traffic Report:  The roadway is very good and while there is moderate and briskly moving traffic along the first third of the route, the traffic thins as you ascend and was never really a concern for us. 

Hover cursor over segment slices (left) 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 Grand Mesa North 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.

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Climbing and Cycling Colorado

Grand Mesa North

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



  • Distance:                                           21.4 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                       5,163'

  • Ending elevation:                            10,875

  • Elevation gained:                            5,726 

  • Average Grade:                               5.5%

  • Fiets Index:                                       11

  • Location:  Climb begins on one side of the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway at the intersection of Hwy 65 and 45 1/2 Road (yes, that is its name;   39.1907, -108.141163 latitude/longitude) 30 miles east of Grand Junction and 257 miles west of Denver International Airport(it's out there!).