What's the steepest paved public road in Palm Springs?

Since Indian Canyon Rd. (the way out to my 30 and 50 mile loops) was closed again due to sandstorms, I had to take a southerly route today. (Admittedly I could have taken a different road north, but riding in heavy blowing sand is no fun at all. I swear, it's like living in a Frank Herbet novel round here sometimes.) So I decided to string together all the little hills within the city limits of Palm Springs, and see how much climbing I got. While I was out riding, I spotted something I'd never ridden up before, and decided to give it a try. I think that W. Cantina Way has just taken the title of steepest paved public road away from S. Araby Dr.. My gps says that Cantina was about 22%, whereas Araby was only 16%. In fact, that means parts of "the" hill are steeper than Araby, which surprises me slightly.

Anyway, I had a nice couple of hours of ride, with 2300' (700m) of climbing in 28 miles (45 km). Here's the profile:

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I love the tram road! Do you have statistics for other climbs in the area? I usually ride up Hwy 74 when I'm there...

Posted by ian on February 21, 2006 at 08:26 AM PST #

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