Distance: 4 miles (approx.)
Climbing: 1000 feet
While not as steep as some of the climbs in the area, Lake Desolation Road, located in Middle Grove, offers over 1000 feet of honest climbing at grades which approach 10%. As an added incentive, this is the only climb in this area that I am aware of which has a lake AND a cyclist-run bar at the top. Stop by Tinney's Tavern- they're super friendly and it's a cool place to have a beer without getting thrown out for wearing lycra. Tinney's hosts Lake Desolation Road hill climb races several times a year- the Annual Fall Hillclimb Challenge is October 10th.