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


  • Distance:                                          18.0 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                     1,797'

  • Ending elevation:                          6,348'

  • Elevation Gained:                         4,718

  • Average Grade:                             4.9%

  • Fiets Index:                                     7.6
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection Balch Park and Yokohi Roads, 7.3 miles north of Springville, CA, 72 miles northeast of Bakersfield and 185 miles northeast of LAX ( 36.22008, -118.81663 latitude/longitude).  

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

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


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

Balch Park Road, CA

Ride Description

 Balch Park Road is a loop that includes Bear Creek Road.  Two other Top 100 climbs are within 8 miles of the start of Balch Park Road (#21 Bear Creek Road [2.8 miles] and #40Hwy  190 [7.5 miles]).  As with Bear Creek Road, Balch Park enters the Sequoia National Forest in the first quarter of the climb (at mile ~5.7).    At 4.9% average grade, this is a fairly  tame climb and does not present the extremely steep climbing segments that Bear Creek Road just over the hill does. The first half of the climb is 5.6% average grade and the  second about 4.2%.  The Balch Park area has many recreational activities and camping to tack on to the climb trip if desired. The first 9 miles of the climb take us through  generally unattractive scrub brush, but with some dynamic views of granite mountain faces between miles 4-8.  We begin to enjoy the true Sequoia National Forest around  miles 9-10 and the scenery gets more and more dramatic as we ascend. 

 Traffic and Roadway report:  The roadway surface, other than the first few miles, is very poor,  rutted, pot-holed and with plenty of loose gravel that makes for a rough and bumpy  descent.  There is a bit more trailer traffic on this side of the mountain than the Bear Creek side, but this is still light and the motorists we encountered were always respectful  and often offered an encouraging shouts and waves. 

Balch Park Road, CA