Longest continues elevation gain around the area


Not sure if the title makes sense, but I am training for Ironman Lake Tahoe and I want to find a hill where I can just climb for a couple of miles or have a gain of 1000 feet or more. 

I am new to the area(Bothell) but I will be happy to drive one hour or two for such a ride.



Since the Cascade spam-bot is in full force, and doesn't want me to post a link, please type the following into your browser to find a good resource for hill climbing:

www dot bicyclimbs dot com / climblist dot aspx

Zoo Road is probably the most commonly ridden hill climb on the list above. The site above notes:


Zoo Hill - named after the small zoo at the bottom - is arguably the toughest climb in the Seattle area. Ascending 1200 feet over 2.5 miles, it has an average grade of about 10%, with common gradients in 15% and some sections approaching 20%. This is not a climb to be approached lightly.

Or, as one rider noted, 'Zoo Hill is the puke-inducing lactate-producing gasp-fest that I avoid unless taunted'



2.8 miles

Elevation Gain
1321 feet

9.1 %

Max Gradient
20.0 %

Hurricane Ridge Port Angeles to the top, Highway 410 to Mt. Rainier, climb Mt. Baker from various starting points, climb Mt. St. Helens, and when the wildfires stop, climb Highway 2 to Stevens Pass.

A couple in the suburbs that come to mind:

Cougar Mtn: via Cougar Mtn Rd or Village Park Drive will be the most elevation gain ~900ft.

Issaquah Highlands from Sunset to the last mega-mansion is about 800ft.

In the Snoqualmie Valley, look for Lake Alice road near Fall City and Lake Margaret near Duvall. Both will be around 700ft.

Good luck on the IM.