|It starts early on the 30 mile climb out of Spearfish.
From the corner of Hills View Road and McGuigan Road, spin south on McGuigan Road and get comfortable going uphill. That's what's ahead for most of the next 30 miles. Yep. 30 miles.
|That's a lot of signs for a t-bone intersection. Just go up.
|Up into the Hills.
Tinton Road (134) steadily climbs past several Northern Hills destinations, including Big Hill, a popular snowmobile area, Iron Creek Lake, home of the Iron Creek X-Terra triathlon and School House Gulch Road, which leads to Cement Ridge lookout, a highlight of the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder. The road twists and turns, climbs and climbs, and sometimes drops a bit, before climbing again. Do not take any of the numerous other roads, at least not on this ride. Stay on 134 for 26 miles until you finally emerge on paved U.S. Highway 85, the CanAm Highway.
|Confirmation of the climb.