YGR Gravel 4: *Pain in the ass pass* (51 miles)

Cycling Route

51.45 mi
1,968 ft
The couple of miles along highway 287 have lots and fast traffic, but there is a good shoulder. Turn left onto Owl Canyon Road to get back less traveled routes, but expect the occasional truck to come by as they take that route to or from the interstate without having to go through town. I don’t know whether Pain in the Ass Pass is an actual name, but I was introduced to this route by former pro rider Alex Hagman, and who am I to argue with him about the name. Regardless, do this route in the spring when everything is green and Red Mountain Open Space is, well, red. The contrast of these colors as you climb going west over the pass on LCR 80, with the Park Creek Reservoir below you, is fantastic. As you start heading back, stop at the store in Livermore and have a cinnamon roll — some people call this route the “Cinnamon Roller” for this reason. This is also the only place to get water. From Livermore, you're on paved roads all the way home, and most of it is downhill, so you'll be home relatively quickly.
Created By
Dan Porter- YGR
April 7, 2020·Public

Route and Elevation


NameDistanceElev. Diff.Avg. Grade
Poudre - top of Shields3.08 mi131 ft0.8%
287 to douglous1.05 mi52 ft0.6%
lake front tt2.66 mi118 ft0.3%
North Shields Hill1.01 mi128 ft2.4%
Kluver Kicker Northbound0.33 mi66 ft3.8%
just keep swimming0.77 mi69 ft-1.7%
No time for recovery1.18 mi52 ft-0.7%
cement plant road to CR 64 on Taft3.88 mi164 ft0.8%
w co rd 64 eastward0.94 mi33 ft-0.5%
n co rd 17 gravelo climb (buckeye)7.91 mi427 ft1.0%
no butts about it1.67 mi72 ft0.7%
W Co Rd 80 (E to W)9.22 mi427 ft0.6%
Buckeye Roubaix8.16 mi436 ft0.5%
Park Creek Reservoir 1.13 mi299 ft5.0%
BTBGF Niner Park Creek Rez segment 1.22 mi295 ft4.5%
red space kicker0.25 mi59 ft4.0%
CR 72 Dirt 2.96 mi299 ft-1.9%
Owl Canyon 287 to Roundabout 4.85 mi348 ft-1.4%
Go Spurs!1.81 mi95 ft-0.7%
Co Rd 72 Punch0.27 mi46 ft2.5%
THTT_justSouth5.77 mi240 ft-0.7%
Brokebarn Mountain0.63 mi36 ft0.5%
Feelin' Groovy1.09 mi30 ft0.3%
Flat out to the turn1.62 mi56 ft0.1%
Kluver Res Kicker0.32 mi49 ft2.3%
Kluver Climb road to top0.21 mi36 ft3.3%
Top of Shields to the river3.02 mi135 ft-0.8%
Top of Shields to 2871.45 mi118 ft-1.4%
Sheilds Street Flyer0.91 mi52 ft-0.7%
287 to the river1.51 mi39 ft-0.4%