The thing about Magnolia Road is that it hits you with a right cross on the chin as soon as you enter the ring - after a few pedal strokes you are at 11.8% average grade for a quarter mile and 11% for the first mile (gaining a whopping 620' over that distance). The steepest stretch is .2 miles at mile 2.88-3.08 (16.4%). This is a beautiful and scenic ride as can be seen from our YouTube playlistof the climb. We enter Roosevelt National Forest at .8 miles as we struggle with mid-teen grades just before the grade eases for a short bit at about the .9 mile mark. This little devil will test your legs - it has the 7th highest average grade of the Top 100 climbs at 10%.
The climb and its grade can be followed on our YouTube video which uses Garmin Virb with grade and elevation overlays.
Traffic and Roadway report: As of August, 2014, the roadway surface was very good, and, while there is no shoulder on this road, there is not a lot of traffic either - the road felt safe to ride.
Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Hover cursor over segment slices (below) for exact grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.
Start (click and drag map; double click to move forward)
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Magnolia 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.