• Distance:                                          4.5 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                      6,056'

  • Ending elevation:                            8,232'

  • Elevation gained:                            2,201'

  • Average Grade:                               10%

  • Fiets Index:                                       7.67

  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of  Boulder Canyon Dr and Magnolia Rd, 5 miles west of Boulder and 48 miles northwest of Denver International Airport (DEN) at 40.00548, -105.34956  latitude/longitude.

Ride Description


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.

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Cycling and Climbing CO

Magnolia Road

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.