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Most Scenic Climbs (w/ pics!)

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Not as tough as I thought it would be, but still challenging, Rose Valley, north west of Ojai, CA.

Gibralter Road, in the hills above Santa Barbara, a bucket list ride - so glad its over with.

You can look down on the hang gliders from the summit.
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Denali Park Teklanika to Eielson

I can't pull off Tek to Eielson and back in a day although younger, tougher people can. I typically do Tek to Polychrome, or if I'm feeling tough, Tek to Highway Pass. Eielson to Tek is also a favorite. I've done Tek to Polychrome and all the way back to Park Headquarters cause I waited too late to catch a planned bus back from Tek to Headquarters. Years ago I did many much longer Denali rides including the length of the road fully loaded for camping at Wonder Lake. Here are some shots of things along the way at various seasons.

Above: Contour of the park road. The fun starts at Teklanika.

Above: Approaching Polychrome Pass

Above: A view "back" toward the park entrance from The Notch. Maybe a half mile from Polychrome.

Above: A summer storm approaching.

at the "Notch", approaching Polychrome Pass

Fall hillside approaching Sable

Early spring. 2.4" tires on custom wheels I built (with help from Jeff Gillmore) carrying my Fatbike Corvus. Some walking through deep snow breaks up the effort Avoiding wet feet is the big feat. Sable Pass

A view of Denali from the park road.
I could go on...
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe
Whiteface Mountain...

Mt. Washington...

Were the Mt Washington pictures taken during the ride? If so, kudos; as I was riding up Mt Washington stopping to take pictures was far from my mind! Maybe they are GoPro stills?
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Work trip to France in summer. It's almost silly beautiful bike riding the vineyards and seeing castles everywhere. The ride was cloudy/misty out, but in this same Alsace area one ride I did included 5 different chateaus or castles in a 30 mile ride. And a cat 2 climb. What more could you want?

I've done some HC stuff, this time I was in it for the scenery, food, experience. I can make myself suffer badly any tiime I'd like. Don't have pics on Flickr or whatever, but

This is super very bottom of this: https://www.strava.com/activities/17...ts/43007850900

This is at the top:

The chateau in the background of the first pic is closer to the base, I went up the stupid 30% driveway to it for a picture and look around:
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