BISHOP - SOUTH LAKE
South Lake is no joke....rated as the #11 hardest climb in the country, you will have to put some effort in to tick this one off your list. Is it worth it? Yes.
The road out to South Lake had a major rebuild in May of 2020 and the new road is excellent. The ride is still super hard but new asphalt is always a treat.
Insider tip....save some effort for the last mile, South Lake makes you work the hardest at the end of the climb and it is no gimme.
It is also worth noting that the descent down 168 is long and fast - make sure your brakes are in good condition and practice that braking modulation everyone talks about, you will need it.
Distance = 41.2 miles
Elevation Gain = 5,545 feet
Road Quality = very good
Bike Lane / Shoulder Size = sometimes but always space
Amount of Traffic = minimal
Ride with GPS Link = ride info >>
Start Location = Millpond Recreation Area
Turn-Around Point = South Lake
End Location = Millpond Recreation Area
Parking = plentiful
Bathrooms = at start and at South Lake
Water = seasonal market on South Lake Road
LINK-UPS + NEARBY RIDES
This is a pretty big day out but if you want more, a great add-on would be to continue up 168 to Lake Sabrina. Or you could do a Plant Four lap after your descent.