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Soledad Mtn Rd.: What grade?(13 posts)

Soledad Mtn Rd.: What grade?dbrogan
May 21, 2002 5:20 AM
Just got back from a few days in San Diego, where I rode Soledad Mountain Road a few times. Can anyone tell me what the elevation gain and grade are? I was told everything from 800 feet gain to 1,300 feet.


re: Soledad Mtn Rd.: What grade?newhouse
May 21, 2002 6:47 AM
i believe the elevation at the cross is about 1000 feet. the grade depends on which way you climbed it. if you came from the south starting at balboa ave, it's about 3.5 miles to the cross. i'm not sure of the distance coming from the north but i know it's much steeper.
Depends on which route from the North-rideslikeagirl
May 21, 2002 7:06 AM
There's a couple roads that go up to the cross from the north - the smaller road, and the more main road. The smaller road, by far, is the toughy. Never even felt comfortable descending that side.

Usually climbed from Mission Bay up to the cross and down to La Jolla - then over Torrey Pines and back.

I've always wondered about the grade, too. It ain't easy, that's for sure! But worth it-
hey-- are any of you from san diego?nyedid
May 21, 2002 8:31 AM
Hey! Are any of you responding to this thread from san diego? I'm a total newbie just getting into cycling, and i'm back in san diego for the summer (college student). Any suggestions for great rides? Anyone interested on riding with a newbie occasionally and being a bit of a cycling mentor? look forward to hearing from someone.

short on experience...lots of enthusiasm
LOVE to - if I still lived there! :( nmrideslikeagirl
May 21, 2002 9:14 AM
know anyone who might be into it?nyedid
May 21, 2002 10:17 AM
Do you have any former riding buddies you might be able to put me in touch with?
Let me know where you ride and I'll check...rideslikeagirl
May 21, 2002 11:11 AM
you can e-mail me at

I MISS SD so much!
IMHO best food in the entire US (nm)PhatMatt
May 21, 2002 2:03 PM
See the "Rides" board ...Humma Hah
May 21, 2002 2:00 PM
... we've been discussing the topic there.

I'm not there any more, came back to Virginia. In 2.5 years there in cycling heaven I tried quite a few rides. There's a cycling map by SanDag that may be available at the Santa Fe train station, which shows all the cycling routes (this includes some secret bike paths that get you thru places you think you can't get thru). Using that, an realizing that most streets and roads are OK for bikes, you find out there's basically no place in the county you can't reach by bike, most of them good rides.
re: Soledad Mtn Rd.: What grade?dbrogan
May 21, 2002 9:37 AM
I was coming from the south (Mission Bay), and heading up the hill from Balboa/Garnet Ave. and up Soledad Mountain Road.

Anybody know the grade for that route?

That was in the 7% range, if I recall ...Humma Hah
May 21, 2002 2:19 PM
... I did about that route a year or so ago, and used Topo USA to figure the "route profile". My recollection is that it worked out to about 7% (probably varying 5-8%), and the elevation gain was about 700 ft, climbing to the cross.
Which way up?Humma Hah
May 21, 2002 1:56 PM
There are several gentle ways up from the south end that give around a 700 ft climb at a grade from 5-7%. Those I could ride on the cruiser, non-stop.

Then there's the couple of possible routes up from the west side, thru the neighborhoods holding onto the hillside by their fingernails. I believe a few spots in there hit better than 20%, and the average on the few I plotted on Topo USA ran something like 15%. Those I went DOWN on the cruiser, wondering if I could stop. (Having 3 braking systems helped)
From Ardath RdDMoore
May 21, 2002 11:23 PM
At the north end of Soledad, just up the canyon from La Jolla shores - is it Via Capri? I'm a former San Diegan who rode there for many years, and the road up to the cross from Ardath is certainly the steepest way up. I suspect that's the route Humma Hah is referring to in the 20% range. I can't count the number of times I've climbed Soledad, from just about every possible direction - EXCEPT this one. I've been down it, but never had the gearing to try going up. No way on earth I'd try it with my usual 21 or 23 low gear. I think I'd need my Death Ride triple to even give it a shot.