BISHOP - GORGE (PIPELINE) ROAD
Gorge Road (or Pipeline) is an awesome ride that can be pretty much be done year round and with the epic views of Sierras to the east and the Whites to the west make this an excellent ride.
Overall this climb is pretty consistent grade with a couple of short kickers and then one longer harder section at about the 2/3 point.
The climb up Gorge Road is exposed so plan accordingly during the warmer months. The road is also a narrow two lane road...more like 1.5 lanes. The traffic is minimal but be careful with a couple of the sharp/blind corners for oncoming traffic.
It is worth noting that there a handful of larger potholes and cracks that if you pick the wrong line could result in a bent wheel and a not fun experience for you. Make note of these on the climb and keep your eyes peeled on the descent.
Distance = 40.8 miles
Elevation Gain = 3,258 feet
Road Quality = generally good but some big potholes and cracks on Gorge Road
Bike Lane / Shoulder Size = not really but enough space
Amount of Traffic = generally light traffic
Ride with GPS Link = ride info >>
Start Location = Millpond Recreation Area
Turn-Around Point = end of Gorge Road
End Location = Millpond Recreation Area
Parking = plentiful
Bathrooms = at start
Water = you can get water at Round Valley Elementary School both directions
LINK-UPS + NEARBY RIDES
The casual nature of this climb lends itself to be paired up with other climbs in the area without making for an epic day - easy choices would be Pine Creek, Lower Rock Creek, or a lap on Chipmunk or Plant Four.