Mt. Charlie/Felton Empire-hilly, challenging, but not too hard. BEAUTIFUL ride!

Distance

45.02

miles

Bike Ride

CLIMB
3845 ft

Begins in:
Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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Description:
Starting at the bell tower- heading up glenwood, up mt. charlie, down bear creek and up felton empire- down empire grade and back to downtown. about 45 miles. This ride has two major climbs- charlie and felton empire. charlie is a big climb, but it is stairsteppy and you can do it easily if you just take your time. it is a good ride for getting new riders into the hills and learning to climb. new riders should just come down highway 9 and skip felton empire if they are tired. charlie is a much easier climb than felton/empire. at the top of charlie- be warned... you turn left and there is another steep, but short climb. it levels off fairly quickly, but when your legs are tired, it can catch you off guard. you think you are done climbing when you reach the top of charlie, but you have one more kick to go.
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Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 1 0.37 mi/14.64 mi 14.27 mi 23 ft/2,146 ft 2.8%
Cat 5 15.95 mi/17.13 mi 1.18 mi 2,000 ft/2,148 ft 2.4%
Cat 1 31.71 mi/35.58 mi 3.86 mi 300 ft/1,828 ft 7.5%

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