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2008 Low-Key Hillclimbs
Week 6: Jamison Creek Rd
08 Nov 2008

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Aerial photo of Jamison Creek Rd, courtesy of Stanford Cycling


Competing with Alba for the status of the toughest climb to Empire Grade (the others being Felton Empire, Bonny Doon, and Empire Grade itself), Jamison Creek emerges from the gorgeous Redwoods of Big Basin for a memorable trip to Empire Grade on the ridge of the Santa Cruz mountains. The net statistics are impressive enough: 1420 feet at a daunting 9.0%. However, the real devil's in the details: after an opening 1.3 miles at a humane 5%, things get serious: the remaining 1.7 miles average 11.5%, with sections closer to 14%. This one shouldn't be missed.

Hard Heads

Our insurance demands it: helmets are required. Sorry kids, no exceptions!

Time and Place

fire station

We'll meet for registration at the fire station near Jamison Creek Road and Highway 236. However, this is a poor place to park. Instead, it is recommended you park in nearby Boulder Creek, where there are plenty of opportunities. Or, there's parking for 35 cars at the dirt parking lot at the country club. It's short ride to Jamison Creek Road. Bathrooms avaliable at the country club at the Club House.

Public Transit

Ha, ha, ha, ha! Maybe in 1890.

More Details

stats 3 miles, 1420 feet, 9.0%
format mass start
time reg 9:15 - 10:00
start 10:10am
aerial view Stanford Cycling
route profile Motionbased profile
weather Weather Underground
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PDF release form
entry fee $10 voluntary donation
free for juniors
2 free for volunteers
free for coordinators


Dan Connelly