What's the steepest paved public road in Palm Springs?
By terryh on Jun 12, 2005
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: