Fargo Street 2017
Date & Time: Sunday, March 26th, 9 a.m.
Note: Any brave souls up for an early start to attempt a new record for number of climbs should contact the Event Director, Kermit Ganier, well ahead of time at (310) 367-0458.
Kermit mentioned that Cameron Mitchell, the late Huell Howser’s videographer, might attend today.
Start Location: Allesandro and Fargo Streets. From the I5 Freeway, take the Glendale Freeway (SR 2) South; exit at Glendale Blvd and turn left; turn left to Allesandro Street; three blocks to the Fargo Street intersection. Street parking is challenging here so plan to arrive early if possible.
This annual event dates back to the 1970s, but is almost as popular today as ever. It is dedicated to the truism that most cyclists have never seen a hill they didn’t want to climb. The question today is, “Can you do it?” And the second question is, “If you can, how many times can you do it?” The hill in question is Fargo Street, reputably the steepest hill in Los Angeles. It’s only a couple of blocks long, but at over a 30% grade, it’s quite a feat if you can climb it. Many will just want to see if they can make it up the hill at all. Amazingly, others vie to see how many times they can make it up the hill in one day. The record is now well over 100. Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge, many show up just to watch the others try. So, come out to cheer them on and maybe you will be inspired to give the hill a try yourself. Its a thrill either way.
Here is Huell Howser’s coverage of the event in 2003 on YouTube. Enjoy!