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Eastern Sierra

200 miles with 30,200 feet of climbing
Day 1: Horseshoe Meadows (46 miles 7,400 feet)
Day 2: Whitney Portal (25 miles 4,800 feet)
Day 3: Onion Valley (27 miles 5,300 feet)
Day 4: Lake Sabrina, North Lake, and South Lake (51 miles 7,200 feet)
Day 5: Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake (48 miles 5,500 feet)

Eastern Sierra • Description

The Eastern Sierra is road bike climbing paradise. No other region in America offers as many major climbs in such close proximity.
All of the following climbs are top bike climbs in California and some are top bike climbs in America, either for most difficult climb, greatest elevation gained, or highest elevation attained.
Eastern Sierra - Day 1 • Route Profile
Route Profile • Horseshoe Meadows

Horseshoe Meadows • Climbs

HC: Mile 0
Cat. 3: Mile 20
Cat. 4: Mile 26

Horseshoe Meadows • Description

Horseshoe Meadows is the climb with the giant switchbacks, which can be seen from Highway 395. Horseshoe Meadows and Whitney Portal (and Onion Valley) can be combined into a single ride, which is best done when the temperature is not too hot.
Eastern Sierra - Day 2 • Route Profile
Route Profile • Whitney Portal

Whitney Portal • Climbs

Cat. 1: Mile 0

Whitney Portal • Description

Whitney Portal is the climb that leads to the trailhead of Mount Whitney, at 14,497 feet the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Horseshoe Meadows and Whitney Portal (and Onion Valley) can be combined into a single ride, which is best done when the temperature is not too hot.
Eastern Sierra - Day 3 • Route Profile
Route Profile • Onion Valley

Onion Valley • Climbs

HC: Mile 0

Onion Valley • Description

Onion Valley is one of the most interesting climbs in terms of changing views, including two sections of switchbacks.
Eastern Sierra - Day 4 • Route Profile
Route Profile • Lake Sabrina, North Lake, and South Lake

Lake Sabrina, North Lake, and South Lake • Climbs

Cat. 1: Mile 0
Cat. 2: Mile 24
Cat. 4: Mile 17

Lake Sabrina, North Lake, and South Lake • Description

Lake Sabrina, North Lake, and South Lake share Highway 168 for most of the climb. Highway 168 continues towards Lake Sabrina (single lane road at the end) and North Lake (gravel road at the end). South Lake is one of the climbs of the Everest Challenge (single lane towards the end).
Eastern Sierra - Day 5 • Route Profile
Route Profile • Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake

Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake • Climbs

Cat. 1: Mile 0
Cat. 3: Mile 22 and 32

Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake • Description

Tioga Pass East and West are the climbs with the most spectacular scenery. At the top of the pass is an entrance to Yosemite National Park (fee). Saddlebag Lake is a climb off Tioga Pass East (gravel road), which tops out at 10,200 feet.

Eastern Sierra • Interactive Map

Eastern Sierra • Pictures

Eastern Sierra • Alabama Hills and Mount Whitney
Alabama Hills and Mount Whitney
Eastern Sierra • Horseshoe Meadows Road
Horseshoe Meadows Road
Eastern Sierra • Owens Valley
Owens Valley
Eastern Sierra • Walt's Point
Walt's Point
Eastern Sierra • Horseshoe Meadows
Horseshoe Meadows
Eastern Sierra • Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road
Eastern Sierra • Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road
Eastern Sierra • Whitney Portal
Whitney Portal
Eastern Sierra • Onion Valley Road
Onion Valley Road
Eastern Sierra • Onion Valley Road
Onion Valley Road
Eastern Sierra • Onion Valley Road
Onion Valley Road
Eastern Sierra • Onion Valley
Onion Valley
Eastern Sierra • Highway 168
Highway 168
Eastern Sierra • Lake Sabrina
Lake Sabrina
Eastern Sierra • North Lake Road
North Lake Road
Eastern Sierra • North Lake
North Lake
Eastern Sierra • South Lake Road
South Lake Road
Eastern Sierra • South Lake
South Lake
Eastern Sierra • Tioga Pass
Tioga Pass
Eastern Sierra • Ellery Lake
Ellery Lake
Eastern Sierra • Tioga Lake
Tioga Lake
Eastern Sierra • Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Eastern Sierra • Saddlebag Lake Road
Saddlebag Lake Road
Eastern Sierra • Saddlebag Lake
Saddlebag Lake
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Eastern Sierra • Personal Notes

Sandra and I spent three days in Lone Pine and two days with Sabrina H. and John L. in Mammoth Lakes. Thanks to Sabrina for inviting us to her condominium.
Even though the temperature during the day reached over 100 degrees, it was pleasant during the first few hours of the day and at high elevation.
Here are some statistics:
• Total distance: 200 miles
• Min./avg./max. daily distance: 25/39/51 miles
• Total climbing: 30,200 feet
• Min./avg./max. daily climbing: 4,800/6,000/7,400 feet
• Highest elevation attained: 10,200 feet (Saddlebag Lake)
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