Barker's 2,500ft, 17mi Climb

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17 mile out-and-back ride2,500ft elevation gain over 5 milesDuration: 2-3 hours

Barker Pass Road is a local’s favorite, and it’s not even that well traveled by locals. The road is an out and back best done as the midpoint of a longer ride from either South Shore or the north. It includes about 5 miles of strenuous climbing, averaging about 9 percent, after an easy run-up of about three miles. The pavement is far from smooth, but it’s fine on the way up. The descent can be a little rough. The paved road ends at the pass and turns to dirt, near where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the road.The ride: Not much more to say. Find Barker Pass Road near Tahoe Pines about 4 miles south of Tahoe City. Follow it to the top. After a few miles of relatively flat run-up, the road crosses the creek on a bridge and then begins the ascent. Stop when you get to the dirt, unless you want a real adventure. No services anywhere on this road, but plenty out on Highway 89 as you approach. Source

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  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Hydration
  • Snacks
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Cycling, Fitness

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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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17 Miles


Easy Parking

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