Strava Segment of the Week: Bald Peak Road Climb

Photo of the 2015 Bald Peak Half by Lon Run Pictures.

This week, we are celebrating those of you with motors in your be-hinds and we head south to Bald Peak Mountain. The venue for the challenging (but fun) Bald Peak Half Marathon (scheduled for June 18 this year), this is a no-joke climb of 172 feet over a half-mile. That’s a 6% grade.

The route starts just west of NE Bald Peak Rd on NE Finnigan Hill Road. There is a service road or driveway heading North off Finnigan Hill Road, and you’ll start just before it. Follow the hill up around a sharp bend and stop at the creek, just before NE Ornduff Road. It’s always better to run a little long and make sure you cover the entire segment.

You can look at the segment’s route on the Strava website or app. As of May 6, 2016, after 23 attempts, the course records are:

Women’s: Rose Logan from June 2013, 5:24

Men’s: Don Gallogly from June 2013, 4:00

Think can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Thursday, May 19 at noon to try and break the record and see your name in “lights” on Run Oregon! We’ll post a new Segment next Friday at 11, with an update on the Segment from two weeks prior.

You can still try to beat the St. John’s Bridge segment, too – click here to see the post about last week’s Strava Segment of the Week.

And now we look back two weeks to see if anyone has bested the records then posted … nope. Becky and Bill still own these segments!

Women’s: Becky Crump from September 2013, 51:06

Men’s: Bill Aronson from January 2014, 28:44

Strava is an online training and racing log for runners and cyclists. The basic account is free and requires you to create a login. There is also a premium version, but in order to run and record routes as described in this post, you do not need to subscribe to their premium service. 


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