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Hover cursor over segment slices (below) 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 Hwy 38/Valley of the Falls 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.

Cycling California

Hwy 38-Valley of the Falls Dr.

Ride Description

     This climb begins very gradually and through uninspiring landscape (if one were  looking  for the most scenic v. most challenging ride, begin this climb at mile 4.3 at the  intersection  of Hwy 38 and Bryant St - shaving off several miles of heavy and fast traffic  and unscenic  views, but also 880' @ 3.9%).   We enter San Bernardino National Forest  at about mile  5.5, but continue on a very busy road (although with a very wide shoulder -  see YouTube  Playlist) for another 5.1 miles (at 5.7% average grade) until the fork of Hwy  38 and Valley  of the Falls Drive (at mile 10.6).  The final 4.2 miles on Valley of the Falls  Drive is through  a canyon setting which becomes very forested and scenic at about the  12 miles mark.  The climb from the fork to the top of the climb is 4.2 miles at 6.9% average  grade.  As of  October, 2014, there is a Mexican restaurant and Elkhorn General Store at  mile 13.8.

     Top 100 rides in a 50 mile radius are #44 Hwy 330 8.5 miles northwest,  #47 Hwy 18/Old Waterman Canyon    15 miles northwest, and #19 Mt. Baldy 40 miles west.


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  • Distance:                                           14.9 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                       1,766'

  • Ending elevation:                              5,878''

  • Total ascent:                                      4,262'

  • Average Grade:                                5.3%

  • Fiets Index:                                       7.89
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Hwy 38 (Mill Creek Rd) and Crafton Ave in Redlands, CA, 29 miles east of Ontario International Airport (ONT) and  84 miles east of LAX  (34.06983, -117.12163 latitude/longitude).