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

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

 Each elevation segment is ~ 1/6 mile


Cycling California

Death Valley


  • Distance:                              15.1 miles                         

  • Beginning elevation:            3,423'

  • Ending elevation:                  7,630'

  • Elevation gained:                 4,295'

  • Average Grade:                   5.7%

  • Fiets Index:                         8.19
  • Location:  Climb begins 32 on Death Valley Road 32 miles northeast of Big Pine, CA  or 151 miles northwest of Scotty's Castle (for those starting in Death Valley) at 37.28242, -117.87875 latitude/longitude. 

Ride Description

Death Valley Road is at the northern tip of Death Valley National Park and on some maps is referred to as "Big Pine Road" which passes through several points with distinctly Death Valley nomenclature (e.g. Crankshaft Junction and Last Chance Mountain) on its way to the start which begins at Scotty's Castle. This is the northernmost of the 10 Death Valley climbs on our index (Death Valley-Las Vegas Page) and while we have climbed Death Valley Road West during the Everest Challenge, we have yet to personally experience this climb, but we will be documenting it in the summer (ouch, that's right - DV in the summer - eeeeck, see "Weather Summary" at the bottom of our DV Home Page)

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