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Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Hwy 18-Old Waterman 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.
Hover cursor over segment slices (left) for exact grade of a particular segment.
1.9 miles 540' ~ 5.1% to go from here
Hwy 18-Old Waterman Canyon is a fairly gradual climb, but for the 2.9 miles at 8.8% along Old Waterman Canyon Rd. Other than the by-pass off of Hwy 18 for the 2.9 miles of Old Waterman Canyon, this is a seemingly treacherous ride. The road for the first mile before the Old Waterman cut-off and for the remaining 9 miles after merging back onto the Highway (more like freeway) at the top of Old Waterman is busy and very fast moving traffic with a narrow shoulder for most of the climb. We do not recommend this ride because of the narrow shoulder and fast traffic. The roadway and traffic is readily assessed via our YouTube video.