Doherty Rim

Doherty Rim: Last Warning, Trucks Use Low Gear

Doherty Rim is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.904m (6,246ft) above the sea level, located in Lake County, in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Oregon. Only one step in a wrong direction can be vital. A sign says: “8 Percent Grade, Three Miles, Last Warning, Trucks Use Low Gear.”

The road to the summit is a two-lane state highway called State Route 140. It’s a scary effing mountain cliff road connecting northwestern Nevada to southern Oregon. This paved road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). There is little room for error on this road. The climb is steep looks like you gonna climb forever. It is very narrow there without shoulders and if you drive big rig on it you must be very careful. The road is very steep, with sections up to 8%. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. Take a tip from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race. There are no guard rails and the drop off is straight down. The shoulder of the highway is neighbor to nothingness, a nearly vertical drop to the plateau below.

This winding road through a dark cliff is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. This very dangerous stretch of the road is located near the Oregon-Nevada state line overlooking the Warner Valley in Oregon.

Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. A sign says: “8 Percent Grade, Three Miles, Last Warning, Trucks Use Low Gear.” Not recommended at nights.


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.