Alta to the American River

The forecast for Colfax on Wednesday is a high of 69 which is 4 degrees warmer than it was when we did this ride in November. So I thought I’d hang up the roller skis for a day again and repeat the ride from Alta to the North Fork of the American River.

Since this is an out and back, it’s easy to shorten the ride to lessen the difficulty or to extend it at either end to increase the difficulty. In November Carolyn and Sara turned around at highway 74 and went back via Norton Grade. I estimate that as about 25 miles and 2800 feet of climbing.

In November, I wore a lightweight jacket and leg warmers for the initial decent, but took the leg warmers off for the return climb and was never less than warm after the initial descent to Dutch Flat.

The complete ride was 38 miles with 4300 feet of climbing.
Here’s the profile:



The “V” in the center of the profile is Iowa Hill Road East. It is a descent and ascent of about 1200 feet with an average grade of 8.2 percent making it about as difficult than the climb to Donner Pass on Old Highway 40.