Lombard Street (San Fransisco)

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Distance: 300 metres
Average Gradient: 18%
Elevation gain: 67 metres
Traffic:Light traffic
Terrain: Sealed
Category: 4

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Lombard Street

Image courtesy of Alan Kotok; Flickr

There is a 300 metre climb to the base of Lombard Street in San Fransisco & this short climb averages 18% & is one nasty piece of work.  This is a fantasy climb as sadly Lombard Street is a one way street, and sadly traffic goes the wrong way (whether this would stop me……)

Lombard Street is 100 metres in length averaging 18% & is switchback after switchback.  8 in all.  This road has the distinction of being “the crookedest street in the world”. The switchbacks design was first suggested by property owner Carl Henry in 1922.  This was the only way possible to reduce the hill’s natural 27% grade. This road is one of the most famous tourist attractions in San Fransisco and is frequently crowded with tourists.  You may recognise it from numerous Hollywood films such as Steve McQueens “Bullit”.

This would be a dream climb to claim to have done, and although I’m all about advocating climbs.  Given the views from the top, this would make one of the worlds best short descents.

Image courtesy of N4rwhals; Flickr

 Next time you’re visiting San Fransisco check it out.

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