Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Pine Creek Road 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.

Alternate Finish

Ride Description


#64 Pine Creek Road is one of the 9 Top 100 most difficult climbs in the U.S. that begin in the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the central/eastern portion of California.  Other Top 100's in the area:  #6 Onion Valley, #7 Horseshoe Meadow, #9 White Mountain, #13 Whitney Portal, #24 South Lake, #27 Lake Sabrina, and #34 Rock Creek​ 

The first 2 miles of this climb are in high desert-like conditions, but at about 3 miles we enter a canyon that surrounds us for the remainder of the climb.  By mile 6 we are passing some very distinct rock formations, but on our trip up the canyon we fought brutal westerly winds which is common throughout the Owens Valley. At 7 miles we pass through a stretch with more trees, nearing the end of this pocket canyon. 

Our caveat - at mile 7.85 we are greeted by a closed swinging yellow gate with (a) a stop  sign, (b) another sign (below)  "Pine Creek Mine, Avocet Tungsten, LLC Do Not Block Gate", and (c) a sign that says "Authorized Vehicles Only - hiking access to Morgan Pass Only - Not for Pine Lakes."  So, the sign doesn't specifically say "no trespassing" and suggests use of the road is authorized, at least for hiking.  We offer no opinion regarding the legality of riding the .8 miles beyond the gate up to the mine As you can see from our photo (below) and video, we did continue the .8 miles and 415' at 9.9% beyond the gate, but suggest a call to Avocet Tungsten LLC to perfect authorization. 

You will get a very good sense of the climb viewing our YouTube video, below.

Roadway and Traffic Report: The road is lightly traveled and in good condition except for the final .8 miles from the yellow gate to the tungsten mine which is pretty rough.

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


Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact  grade of a particular segment.

Each segment ~ .2 miles


Cycling Owens Valley and Sierras

Pine Creek Road, CA


  • Distance:                                          8.8m

  • Beginning elevation:                      4,649'

  • Ending elevation:                            7,842'

  • Elevation gained:                            3,223'

  • Average Grade:                               7.1

  • Fiets Index:                                       8.3
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Pine Creek and N. Round Valley Roads, 12.25 miles northwest of Bishop, CA 282 miles north of LAX 290 miles east of San Francisco International Airport ( 37.41956, -118.58354 latitude/longitude).