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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, CA

Ride Description

 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.

Top 100 rides in a 50 mile radius are #44 Hwy 330  6.4 miles southeast,  #80 Hwy 38/Valley of the Falls  20 miles southeast,  #20  Mt. Baldy 28 miles west.


  • Distance:                                           12.6 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                       1,3,67'

  • Ending elevation:                              5,626'

  • Total ascent:                                      4,331'

  • Average Grade:                                6.4%

  • Fiets Index:                                       9.03
  • Location:  Climb begins Hwy 18 about .9 north of its intersection with Hwy 210  the intersection of Hwy 330 and Highland Avenue, Highland, CA, 6 miles north of San Bernardino, 59 miles northeast of John Wayne International and  79 miles east of LAX (34.16959, -117.27871 latitude/longitude).