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

Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Hwy 168 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.


Start​:  (click and drag map; double click to move forward)

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Note: Scroll  in text box to view more of the Ride Description.

Hover cursor over segment slices (below) for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

Cycling the Southwestern Sierras

HWY 168 West


  • Distance:                          16.3 miles      

  • Beginning elevation:      1,080

  • Ending elevation:            5,568

  • Average Grade:                6.1%

  • Fiets Index:                        7.64

  • Traffic:                                 High

  • Location:    Climb begins at the intersection of Gooseberry Lane and Hwy 168 (Morgan Canyon Rd; Latitude/Longitude:  37.01742, -119.52621), 208 miles (3:34) from SFO and 262 miles from LAX (4:16).