23

Vacaville – The Diabolical Duo – Mix Canyon & Gates Canyon (Super Steep) Hill Climbing


Mix Canyon and Gates Canyon. Two truly insane climbs. The two toughest medium-length climbs I have ever ridden (and I have ridden a lot of steep climbs!). You would have to be slightly demented to attempt them.

Mix Canyon

Stats from John Summerson’s Climbing (By Bike) In California book for Mix Canyon:

  • Elevation Gain: 2178 ft
  • Length: 4.0 miles
  • Average Grade: 10.3%
  • Steepest Mile: 15.8%
  • Steepest 3 Miles: 11.8%
  • Steepest Mile in California at 15.8%. Second place goes to Old Priest Grade at 15.0%.
  • 3rd Steepest 1/2 Mile in California at 16.2%. First place goes to Marin Avenue (18.1%) and second place goes to Mattole Road South 2 (17.5%).
  • Additionally, a separate half mile stretch of Mix Canyon appears at the #6 spot in the toughest 1/2 mile climbing section category (15.4%)
  • Most Technical Descent in Northern California
  • Needless to say, Mix Canyon, by the stats, is an epic climb. Gates Canyon is no easier.

    Anyway, I started out at Alamo Creek Park Park in Vacaville. From here, I headed north on Alamo Dr, quickly turned left on Foothill Dr, then turned right right on Pleasants Valley Rd. Pleasants Valley is a pleasant, scenic road:

    From 2010-08-18 – Vacaville Cycling – Mix Canyon & Gates Canyon Climbing
    From 2010-08-18 – Vacaville Cycling – Mix Canyon & Gates Canyon Climbing

    After about 4 miles of rolling terrain along Pleasants Valley Rd, I hit the infamous Mix Canyon:

    From 2010-08-18 – Vacaville Cycling – Mix Canyon & Gates Canyon Climbing

    Initially, Mix is an easy, scenic ride through pleasant farms:

    From 2010-08-18 – Vacaville Cycling – Mix Canyon & Gates Canyon Climbing

    Read the Full Ride Report

    Random Posts Recent Comments

    • Vince Says:

      Well after reading this and leaving a comment I thought that I need to get back up Mix Canyon Road a...

    • Vince Says:

      Only rode up Mix Canyon twice. Once on road bike and once on mountain bike. With the mountain bike...

    • Mark Dehanke Says:

      I much enjoyed your detailed measurements of the climb to the ski lifts! Also the photos and your co...

    • Arno Says:

      I remember the cocksucker when that was bought used to be a great vista point for locals you prick ...

    • 2 part carbonless paper inkjet Says:

      HP has been working with Carbonless Media manufacturers in terms of qualifying their media with ou...

    • David Tambeaux Says:

      Where did you get awesome looking lunch? We are going to ride NF in April. Coming out from Marylan...

    • Shot999 Says:

      I'm wondering if anyone has an update on the closures and signs as noted back in Sept 2014 by 'cycli...

    • Caballo Bionico Says:

      Climbed Tramway Road twice in three days this week. The road is in superb condition and with at lea...

    • mike heit Says:

      Just wondering what gears folk have. I have 53/39 chain ring and 12/29 cassette. m I right in think...

    • Roxanne Says:

      Where you are able to acquire everything required for your home one are welcomed by us to a spot. ...

    Tag Cloud

    2nd Street 33 Angeles National Forest Belmont Shore Buellton CA-84 Camino Cielo Cleveland National Forest Costa Rica Decker Deer Creek Double Metric Encinal Figueroa Mountain Glendora Glendora Mountain Road Glendora Ridge Road Happy Canyon Jalama Beach La Honda Loma Mar Long Beach Los Olivos Maple Spring Road Mt Baldy Lodge Mt Baldy Road Mt Baldy Ski Lifts Ojai Ojai Valley Century Old San Marcos Pass Organized Rides Painted Cave Pescadero Playa Flamingo San Bernardino National Forest San Gregorio Santa Barbara Santa Monica Mountains Santa Paula Santa Ynez Valley Santiago Canyon shared lanes Silverado Canyon Ventura Yerba Buena