This collection was started and is maintained by Mark Sapiro.
The first group of cue sheets below are his.
If you wish to contribute to this collection,
Note: This collection is maintained for ride planning purposes.
These routes are not intended to represent the route of any
particular scheduled GPC ride.
Even if it appears that one of these routes may be the route of a
particular scheduled GPC ride, and even if the leader of such a ride
is the author of the cue sheet found here, unless the leader specifically
referred you here for a cue sheet, do not assume that the route here
will be the route of the scheduled ride.
Rides in the following lists have been led as part of the
GPC Novice and Century Prep Ride Series.
These may give a rough idea of what a planned Series ride might
be like, but current Series rides may differ substiantially
from these routes.
Each ride listing
consists of a brief description and a rating. The rating
consists of a number from 1 to 5 indicating hilliness
the ratings page for definitions) followed by the
mileage. No pace rating is provided as pace is up to you.
The listing is followed by a sub-list of links to the sheets
themselves in various formats. If you have need of a sheet
in a format which isn't listed,
e-mail Mark and he may be able to provide one. Note that in
some cases you may have to instruct your browser to download
a link rather than just selecting it. Also note that if you use
Microsoft Excel, there are
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The title or initial words of each individual listing is a link to
that point on this page. This is useful if you want to link to a
Berkeley to Pt. Richmond - An easy ride from Aquatic Park in
Berkeley along the Bay Trail to Pt. Richmond for lunch at Little Louie's.
Hilliness=1!, Mileage=26. This is a variant of the
Pt. Molate route below.
Bovine Bakery the Hard Way - from Mill Valley Safeway
(Miller and Camino Alto) over the shoulder of
Mt. Tam to Stinson Beach, up the coast to Pt. Reyes Station and
return via Nicasio and Fairfax. Hilliness=4, Mileage=58
Bovine Lasso - from Mill Valley Safeway (Miller and Camino Alto)
through Fairfax and Nicasio to Pt. Reyes Station. Return via
Bear Valley, Samuel P. Taylor Park and Fairfax. Hilliness=2.5, Mileage=56
Calistoga to Jimtown - from the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, mostly out and back
through Calistoga back roads and Highway 128 to the Jimtown Store. Hilliness=2,
Cheese Factory - from Marinwood Plaza (Marinwood Ave, west of Hwy 101 at
Marinwood exit) through the back of Novato, past Stafford Lake to the Cheese Factory.
Return via Nicasio and Lucas Valley Rd. Hilliness=3, Mileage=35
Cheese Factory - Alternate start at Lucas Valley Rd and Miller Creek Rd.
Cheese Factory Extended - from Miller Creek Rd just north of Lucas Valley Rd
through the back of Novato, past Stafford Lake to the Cheese Factory and out to
Point Reyes Station with a choice of returns. Hilliness=3, Mileage=48 to 56
Corte Madera to Bolinas - from Corte Madera Park (Pixley and Tamalpais)
to Fairfax, Samuel P Taylor Park, Olema and Bolinas. Return via
Fairfax-Bolinas Rd. Hilliness=3.5, Mileage=56
(alternate start in Fairfax, Hilliness=4, Mileage=44).
Corte Madera to Bolinas II - from Corte Madera Park (Pixley and Tamalpais)
to Mill Valley, Pan Toll, Stinson Beach and Bolinas. Return via
Fairfax-Bolinas Rd. Hilliness=4, Mileage=45
Corte Madera to Stinson Beach - from Corte Madera Park
(Pixley and Tamalpais) to Mill Valley, Muir Woods, Muir Beach and
Return via Highway 1 to Mill Valley and Corte Madera.
Fairfax to Bolinas - From the Albertson's market on Center
Blvd. in Fairfax over Fairfax-Bolinas Rd to Bolinas. Return via
Olema and Samuel P Taylor Park.
Fairfield to Lake Berryessa - from the intersection of
North Texas St, Lyon and Hilborn Rds just west of I80 at the
North Texas St exit out Pleasants Valley Rd and Highway 128 to
Moskowite Corner. Return via Wooden Valley, Gordon Valley and
Ferry to Ferry - from the Ferry Building in San Francisco
to Larkspur Landing in Marin via the Golden Gate bridge, the
Marin headlands and Paradise Drive.
Half Moon Bay - from the intersection of Kelly and
Main streets in Half Moon Bay, ride down the coast to Pescadero
Healdsburg to Jimtown - from the public parking lot at
W. Matheson St and Vine St in Healdsburg out West Dry Creek Rd
and through Geyserville to Jimtown. Return via Chalk Hill and
Westside roads. See the Healdsburg to Jimtown
route below for this route reversed.
Hennessey - Berryessa Loop - from the boat launch parking
at Lake Hennessey (about 3 miles up Hwy 128 from Silverado Trail),
ride a loop with stops at Lake Berryessa and Pope Valley.
Holstein 100K - from Western Ave. and Chileno Valley Rd.
(two miles west of downtown Petaluma on Western)
this ride follows much of the northern loop of the
Holstein 100 century. Hilliness=3, Mileage=63
Lunch at Volpi's - a lasso from Nicasio through Chileno Valley
to Volpi's in Petaluma for lunch. Return via Red Hill. Hilliness=3, Mileage=48
(alternate start at the Cheese Factory, Hilliness=3, Mileage=35).
Mill Valley to Marshall - a merger of some other routes starting at the
Mill Valley Safeway (Miller and Camino Alto) and going to Nicasio, Marshall
and Pt. Reyes Station and back through Nicasio. Merging done by Ralph
Goldsticker. Hilliness=3, Mileage=78
Mill Valley to Marshall II - a variant on the above route starting at the
Mill Valley Safeway (Miller and Camino Alto) and going to Nicasio, Marshall
and Pt. Reyes Station and back via Stinson Beach and Panoramic Hwy. By Ralph
Goldsticker. Hilliness=4, Mileage=78
Mill Valley to Stinson Beach - a hilly ride starting at the
Mill Valley Safeway (Miller and Camino Alto) and going past
"four corners" and Muir Woods to Highway 1 to Stinson Beach
and returning via Panoramic Highway. Hilliness=5, Mileage=25
Montezuma Hills and Delta - from the church on the west side of Shiloh Rd
(about 11.5 miles east of I-80 on Hwy 12 and 3.5 miles south on Shiloh Rd)
through the Montezuma Hills to Rio Vista, Isleton and Ryer Island.
Mt. Diablo - from Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, take
the Contra Costa Canal and Iron Horse trails to the south side
of the mountain. Go up South Gate and down North Gate with an
optional trip to the summit.
Hilliness=4 to 5, Mileage=29 to 38
See below for a variation on the route from Heather Farm
to South Gate.
Mt. George - from the Soda Canyon store at the intersection
of Soda Canyon Rd and Silverado Trail, ride a loop past Lake Hennessey,
Moskowite Corner and Mt. George with an optional extension on Pope and
Chiles Valley and Lower Chiles Valley Roads.
Hilliness=3, Mileage=42 to 45
Mt. Veeder - from the intersection of Ramal Rd. and Hwy 12/121,
around Ramal and Duhig Roads, up to Browns Valley, then over Mt. Veeder
and return via Dry Creek, Browns Valley, etc.
Hilliness=2.5, Mileage=46 to 49
Napa Valley to Middletown - from the intersection of
Deer Park Rd and Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley over Mt.
St. Helena to Middletown. Return via Butts Canyon, Pope Valley
and Ink Grade Roads.
Nicasio to Hearts Desire - from Nicasio via Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd,
Platform Bridge, Olema and Inverness to Hearts Desire Beach.
Return via the Bovine Bakery in Pt. Reyes Station.
Nicasio to Marshall - from Nicasio, ride past the Cheese
Factory and over the Marshall Wall. Return via the Bovine Bakery
in Pt. Reyes Station. See also
Lucas Valley to Marshall and
Miller Creek to Marshall below.
Occidental Loop - a loop from Valley Ford through Occidental
and Duncan's Mills with optional side trips up Austin Creek and
Bay Hill Rd. Hilliness=3 to 4, Mileage=38 to 47
Occidental Loop Extended - a loop from Ragle Ranch Park
(Ragle Rd and Covert Ln, Sebastopol) to Occidental, Monte Rio,
Duncans Mills, Highway 1, Valley Ford and Bloomfield.
Over Mt. Tam - from the Mill Valley Safeway (Miller and Camino Alto)
to the top of Mt. Tam, returning via Fairfax. Also see
Mt. Tam below for a counter-clockwise loop.
Paradise Loop - from Corte Madera Peet's on Casa Buena, go up Chapman,
down Camino Alto, around Seminary to Tiburon and around Paradise back to
Corte Madera. Hilliness=2, Mileage=21
Paradise Loop - slight route variations from Veronica Tunucci.
Paradise Loop and Marin Headlands - from the Mill Valley Safeway
(Miller and Camino Alto) ride counter-clockwise around the Paradise
Loop and then south through Sausalito and the Marin Headlands before
returning to Mill Valley. Hilliness=2, Mileage=40
Patterson and Altamont Passes - from the shopping center that used
to be Nob Hill at South Livermore Ave. and Pacific Ave. in Livermore to
Mountain House via Patterson Pass and return via Altamont Pass. Patterson Pass
is a steep climb.
Petaluma to Glen Ellen - from Walnut Park (So. Petaluma Blvd.
and D St.) in Petaluma, ride a semi-loop through the Sonoma
Mountains to Glen Ellen and back.
Petaluma to Tomales - from Walnut Park (So. Petaluma Blvd.
and D St.) in Petaluma, ride a loop to Tomales.
The ride finishes (almost) with a short, steep and very scenic
path from Helen Putnam Regional Park back to Petaluma.
Pinole to Martinez - From Pinole Valley Park over Pig Farm
Hill to Martinez with return via Carquinez Scenic Drive, Port Costa
and Crockett. Hillines=3, Mileage=31
Temescal to Willow Park - From the Lake Temescal parking lot
on Broadway through Montclair, up BBR and out Redwood to the Willow
Park golf course. Return via Redwood, Pinehurst, Skyline and Tunnel.
Tilden to Moraga - from Island Picnic area (aka GPC Century
Island rest stop) in Tilden Park, ride down Wildcat Canyon, around
much of "the Bears" loop to Happy Valley and then to Lafayette
and Moraga. Return via the Century route (Canyon, Pinehurst,
Skyline, Grizzly Peak and Wildcat Canyon).
Vacaville to Winters - from the I-80 frontage road near Pena Adobe,
ride a clockwise loop to Winters and back.
West Marin Bakeries - a loop from Nicasio through Chileno Valley
to Tomales and Point Reyes Station. Hilliness=3, Mileage=58 (alternate start
in Mill Valley, Hilliness=3, Mileage=96).
Also see below for a similar route with intermediate mileage.
Yet Another Morgan Territory - This one is from Heather Farms
in Walnut Creek (Ygnacio Valley Rd. and San Carlos Dr.)
and borrows heavily from the others.
It uses the Contra Costa Canal Trail and a little or optionally
a lot of the Iron Horse Trail.
From here on, sheets have been contributed by others.
From Ann Lehr.
Crockett & Martinez, sans McEwen -
From Pleasant Hill BART, ride to Crockett via Franklin Canyon and Cummings Skyway,
then to Martinez via Carquinez Scenic Drive, and return to PH via Alhambra Valley
and Reliez Valley Roads.
This is a variation of Franklin Canyon and Carquinez Scenic Drive
Lafayette Hills -
From Pleasant Hill BART, follow Reliez Valley, Alhambra Valley, Bear Creek,
and one steep climb over Happy Valley, then pass through Lafayette for a
coffee stop, follow Olympic and Tice Valley, pass through Estates of Walnut
Creek, and return via Walnut Blvd. to Pleasant Hill BART.
SPDR and Wildcat - This is the Breakfast Ride
without the breakfast stop which is sometimes offered as a century prep
series warmup ride. Hilliness=2.5, Mileage=26
The next batch is from Anthony Kosky.
The comments below are his.
Mount Diablo - from Rockridge/Walnut Creek and back again
(I've done this as a double ride with one group
starting from Rockridge and the other from Walnut
Creek a little later).
- Rockridge start - text
- Walnut Creek start
Morgan Territory - starting at Walnut Creek.
(Stolen from Emily Kenyon).
Mt Hamilton - starting from Sunol.
(Stolen from Cathy Nowicki)
Sweetwater Springs -
(Probably the only original one, co-authored by
From Ben Lukas and Sherie Reineman.
BART Around Carquinez Strait aka the 4 Refineries Tour -
From El Cerrito Plaza BART to Pleasant Hill BART via the Zampa
and Benicia bridges. Hilliness=2, Mileage=46
East Bay Hills From North Berkeley BART through Berkeley flats
and up Tunnel Road, Skyline, Redwood, Lafayette, Happy Valley, Wildcat.
Two Bridges From North Concord/Martinez BART along Carquinez Scenic Drive
and over the Zampa Bridge to Vallejo and Benicia and back over the Benicia Bridge.
From Bev French.
Cotati to Tomales From Helen Putnam Park in Cotati,
aka Cotati Dog Park - not to be confused with Helen Putnam Park
on Chileno Valley Road west of Petaluma, ride a loop to Tomales.
Hilliness=3, Mileage=41 to 45
From Bill King and Mike Briggs.
From Brian Aldrich.
Brian has a web site at http://www.briansbicycling.com/Route_Sheets.htm
which has route sheets for many of his rides including possibly updated versions of the following.
Century, South Loop, from Orinda BART - from Orinda BART
ride to Redwood Rd. and the Grizzly century South loop through the
zoo, past Chabot Park and back. Hilliness=3.5, Mileage=44
Embarcadero, Headlands, and Tiburon - from the Ferry Building,
through Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, over the Golden Gate Bridge
to the Marin Headlands and Sausalito, lunch in Tiburon, then return.
Possible shortener for those who wish: return via ferry from Tiburon
or Sausalito. Hilliness=2.5, Mileage=45
From Bruce Berg.
Berkeley to Davis - from North Berkeley BART to Davis
with return to Berkeley via Amtrak.
Del Puerto Canyon - Option 4. This is a slight variation
of the Option 2 route below.
Miller Creek to Valley Ford - from Miller Creek and Lucas Valley
roads to Valley Ford via Chileno Valley with return on Highway 1.
Roundhill Loop -
from Pleasant Hill BART. Hilliness=1, Mileage=23
See below for another version.
From David Block.
From Debbie Miskell
Central Marin Redwoods - From the Marinwood Community Center on Miller
Creek Rd just north of Lucas Valley Rd, ride to Nicasio and via Samual P.
Taylor park and Olema out to Pt Reyes Station for lunch at the Bovie Bakery.
Return via Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd to Nicasio and back up Lucas Valley Rd.
Hilliness = 3, Mileage=47
Healdsburg to Jimtown - from the public parking lot at
W. Matheson St and Vine St in Healdsburg out Westside Road and
over Chalk Hill to Jimtown. Return via Geyserville and West Dry
Creek Road. This is the reverse of the Healdsburg
to Jimtown route above.
Paradise Loop Extended - From Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon ride to San
Rafael via the Cal Park Tunnel and return on Irwin, Tiburon, Via La Cumbre,
etc. and Paradise Drive.
Hilliness = 2, Mileage=~30
From Emily Kenyon.
Amtrak Special - A one or two day ride from Suisun to Sacramento.
Take Amtrak from Berkeley to Suisun. Return to Berkeley via
Amtrak from Sacramento or stay over in Sacramento and ride
back to Suisun the next day.
Day 1, Hilliness=1, Mileage=72
Day 2, Hilliness=3, Mileage=55 to 76
Del Puerto Canyon - from the old Nob Hill Foods in Livermore.
Mt. Hamilton - from San Jose Amtrak to Dublin/Pleasanton BART.
Palomares - from Rockridge BART to Freemont BART.
From Eric Rydman.
Berkeley to Davis via Wooden Valley.
A hillier and more scenic route to Davis, bypassing Vallejo and passing through
Wooden Valley and by Lake Berryessa. Return via Amtrak.
Dublin-Pleasanton BART to Junction via Mines Out and Back.
East Bay and Back by Late Lunch. A hilly loop that connects to the north loop of the Century from North Berkeley BART.
Lunch in Rockville (short version). The longer version of this ride takes Gordon Valley out to Suisun Valley to get to Rockville. This shorter route goes there more directly from Fairfield.
Yet Another Mt Hamilton Loop - from the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART
station, ride a great warm up stretch along Foothill into Sunol,
then onto Calaveras, into Milpitas and San Jose, where you connect to
Mt Hamilton Road and the long climb up to Lick Observatory. Technical
descent on San Antonio Valley, to Junction, Mines and into Livermore
and Pleasanton. This is a challenging ride with long stretches without
bailouts, short cuts or any services!
North Berkeley BART-Suisun. Return on Amtrak to Richmond BART or Berkeley Amtrak. This route takes the flat way out to Pinole. Stop at Starbucks in Benicia, then lunch in Suisun.
Three Refinery Towns and Two Bridges Loop - from North Berkeley BART, ride
via Spruce and Wildcat, Bears, head to Pinole, Hercules, Crockett, the Zampa Bridge,
Vallejo, Lake Herman, pass the ghost fleet in Benicia, take the bridge into Martinez
and head back through Pig Farm, the Bears, and... Wildcat!
From Ivan Peterson.
Calaveras Rd. - From Dublin/Pleasanton BART ride to the summit of
Calaveras Rd. and back. Hilliness=2, Mileage=48
Fairfax - Mt. Tam Loop - climb from Fairfax to Mt Tam summit;
descend to Stinson Beach, then head north to Pt Reyes Station for lunch.
Return via Nicasio. Hilliness=4, Mileage=62
Fatmans Flat Fifty-One - ride from Lafatette BART via a flat route
through Walnut Creek, Danville and Blackhawk to Livermore and back.
Alternatives from Steven Louie
Mt. Hamilton Loop CCW - From the intersection of W. Neal St. and Railroad Ave
in Pleasantion ride a CCW loop over Mt. Hamilton with optional scenic bonus climb
of Felter Rd. and descent of Sierra Rd. Hilliness=4, Mileage=105 to 109
Old La Honda Tunitas Creek Loop - enjoy great scenery, the Old La Honda
and Tunitas Creek climbs and those pesky smaller ones (Pescadero and Stage roads).
Lunch in a Pescadero garden setting where you may feast on memorable
artichoke bread and award-winning goat cheese.
See also Woodside to Pescadero
and Woodside below.
The Geysers - a counterclockwise loop from Healdsburg.
From Jane Bailowitz.
Ottergella - a semi-loop from Rockridge BART via Tunnel, Skyline and
Redwood to Castro Valley, Danville, Lafayette and Orinda and back to
Spruce and Wildcat in Berkeley that includes a portion of the ASSR
Allegretto route in reverse. Hilliness=4, Mileage=65 (70 with return to
From JAZ Zaitlin.
Nicasio to Stinson Beach - a mostly out and back from Nicasio via
Olema to Stinson Beach and return via Point Reyes Station.
From Jeff Kurtock.
The Bears and a Bit -
from Orinda BART ride north on Camino Pablo/San Pablo Dam Rd, then clockwise
around the hills known as The Three Bears, then counterclockwise on the
little-traveled El Toyonal loop. Hilliness=3.5, Mileage=26
Alameda Creek Trail - from Union City BART.
OrLaMor - from Orinda BART through Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga.
From Jim Scott.
Tour in the Backyard. - from North Berkeley BART, ride up Spruce,
down Wildcat and around the Bears clockwise to Orinda. From there,
shorter route is back up Wildcat and longer route goes to Moraga,
Pinehurst, Skyline and down Tunnel Road back to BART.
Hilliness=3 or 4, Mileage=42 or 52
From Jim Thompson.
Lafayette BART to Livermore - via Alamo, Camino Tassajara,
Highland, Manning, etc. to Greenville Rd, Tesla Rd, and back through
Livermore. Then Stanley to Pleasanton BART and finish there or continue
to Dougherty, Crow Canyon, Blackhawk and back to Lafayette.
Hilliness=1.5, Mileage=51 to 76
From Joan Reinhardt Reiss
From John Buenfil.
North Concord & Conta Costa Canal Ride - from the Martinez-North Concord BART Station
ride most of the way around the Contra Costa Canal Trail and then return to the BART Station
on the streets thru Martinez, Pacheco and Concord. Hilliness=1, Mileage=26
Roundhill Loop - another version of the above
ride from Pleasant Hill BART. Hilliness=1, Mileage=28
Tour de Alameda - from Fruitvale BART.
From Jorge Liderman.
From Karen Street.
From Ken Karda.
Berkeley Aquatic Park to Point Molate
- follow the Bay Trail to Pt Richmond then on to Pt Molate. On the return, go up and over the Pt Richmond hills to Ferry Pt in Miller-Knox park, then return via the Bay Trail.
From Kurt Doelling.
Santa Cruz Mountains - This ride includes the long and bicycle friendly
descent down Soquel San Jose Road, a nice meander and lunch in Santa Cruz
and a return climb up the long and canopied Zayante Road.
Yet Another Tunitas Creek Variation - from the Woodside Town Hall, ride
Mountain Home toward Old La Honda Rd. From La Honda take Pescadero Road
to Pescadero for lunch. Then head north on Stage Road to Route 1. Take
Lobitos Creek instead instead of Tunitas but meet Tunitas Creek Road part
way up. Then its over the hill and down Kings Mtn road back to Woodside.
From Kurt Doelling and Sherie Reineman.
Half Moon Bay - Gazos Creek - Tunitas Creek Variations
Start off with the traditional and wonderfully scenic 20-mile roll
down Hwy 1 for coastal views and a short visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse,
then a short sprint further south to Gazos Creek Road. Wax poetic on the
gentle, lesser traveled spur up to South Fork Gazos Creek Road before
rejoining Gazos Creek/Cloverdale Road to Pescadero to share a picnic lunch
in the back yard of Norm's Market ("world famous" artichoke bread, sandwiches,
pastries, coffees). Bucolic vistas meet nicely patched pavement along the
pleasant but arduous climb up the old Stage Road with a (rolling) regroup
in San Gregorio, continuing on Stage Road northward to Hwy 1. A quick and
breezy descent along the highway to Tunitas Creek Road, regroup/refreshments
at the Bike Hut and then up the flats and early climbs on Tunitas Creek Road
until Lobitos Creek Road before cutting back toward the coast, sticking to
back roads (Verde, Purisma Creek, and a final short, celebratory, leg-burning
ascent up Higgins Canyon Road) with just enough rolling and flat miles on the
home stretch back to Half Moon Bay to work out the lactic acid.
From Lewis Nusgarten.
Breakfast Ride - from North Berkeley Bart,
also sometimes offered without the breakfast stop as the century prep series
SPDR and Wildcat warmup ride.
From Lisa-Susan McPhate.
Mt Tam loop with Bo-Fax return
- From the Coffee Roastery in Fairfax (corner of Broadway Blvd and Bolinas Rd), go up
Bolinas Rd and Ridgecrest to the top of Mt Tam. Descend to HWY 1 via Muir Woods Rd.
Return by climbing Bo-fax back to Fairfax. Hilliness=5, Mileage=56
From Mark Abrahams.
East Bay Hills -
from Orinda BART ride north on Camino Pablo, climb Wildcat Canyon, Grizzly Peak Blvd,
Skyline Blvd, descend Redwood Road, then return via Pinehurst, Canyon, Moraga Way.
The next batch of sheets is from Mike DeMicco covering his
Tour de Napa series.
Tour de Napa, Part Un: Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa, and Pope Valley
- Start on Church St. in St. Helena (located one block east of
Hwy. 29 on between Pope St. and Hunt Ave.). The ride will go
up Sage Canyon past Lake Hennessey, on to Lake Berryessa and
Pope Valley. We will return via the Ink Grade and Howell
Mountain Rd. Some places to buy food along the way.
Hilliness=3, Mileage=57, 3500' Elevation Gain
Tour de Napa, Part Deux: Napa to Sonoma via Mt. Veeder and the
- Low gears, good brakes, and an attitude for climbing are
recommended! Head out from the Napa College and enjoy the
rustic scenery, then climb Mt. Veeder. Once you have reached
the summit, a fast, twisty descent awaits. After plummeting
to the bottom, ascend the Trinity Grade (be prepared for a
few steep sections). After topping out, the Trinity descent
to the Sonoma Valley is steep and will test your cornering
skills. Enjoy lunch in historic Sonoma, and head out on the
flats and rollers back to Napa. Meet at Napa College (parking
lot off Streblow) in Napa.
Hilliness=4, Mileage=55, 2900' Elevation Gain
Tour de Napa, Part Trois: Suisun to Pope Valley by Lake Berryessa
- This ride combines rides 13 and 21 of the "Cyclists' Route
Atlas". We'll ride Pleasants Valley road, climb Cardiac
Hill and ride almost the full length of Lake Berryessa
before before climbing the "Wall" and heading into Pope
Valley. We'll cycle through beautiful Pope, Chiles, and
Wooden Valley. Those not wanting to do the whole ride can
loop back at the midpoint at Moscowite Corner (~62 miles
total). Turtles are welcome, but please take a route sheet.
There are places to buy food along the route. Meet at
8:30 am at the park 'n ride lot at Solano College, Suisun
Valley Rd. (Take I-80 to Cordelia, exit on Suisun Valley Rd.,
go N, college is on the right. Park in the first lot).
Hilliness=3, Mileage=110, 4800' Elevation Gain
Short option Mileage=62
Tour de Napa, Part Quat: Pope Valley (almost) to Clear Lake (LONG OPTION)
or Pope Valley to Loch Lomond (SHORT OPTION)
- From Pope Valley, we'll take Butts Canyon to Middletown,
then head up scenic Big Canyon and climb to Loch Lomond
(be prepared for 1.5 mi. of 10% grade). A shorter option
is available here back to Middletown. Those continuing on
will ride Hwy. 175 almost to Clear Lake, and climb Cobb
Mountain on Bottle Rock Road to Cobb and then to Middletown,
returning to Pope Valley on Butts Canyon. Take two large
water bottles. There are places to buy food along the way,
but overall the area is remote. Expect about 5500' of
climbing. Meet in downtown Pope Valley.
Hilliness=4, Mileage=90, 5300' Elevation Gain
Short option Mileage=70
Tour de Napa, Part Cinq: Franz Valley, Chalk Hill & Spring Mt. Ramble
- This ride will take us from the north end of the valley,
over the Mayacmas mountain range, west to Santa Rosa.
Some notable roads will be Franz Valley, Chalk Hill, and
Spring Mountain. This ride has some challenging climbs
and descents and goes through some of the prettiest
countryside Northern CA has to offer. Meet on Church St.
(between Pope and Hunt) in St. Helena, east of Hwy. 29.
Hilliness=4, Mileage=55, 3700' Elevation Gain
Tour de Napa, Part Six: Mt. George & Atlas Peak
- Cycle the Silverado Tr. in the Napa Valley, and then head
up Sage Canyon (Hwy. 128). After stopping in Moscowite
Corner for a brief respite, climb the back side of Mt. George.
Descend Mt. George on a steep, twisty road. At this point,
you may decide to call it a day and make your way back to
the start, or climb Atlas Peak for an out and back. Plummet
back to bottom and continue on to finish the ride,
congratulating yourself on a job well done! Meet at Napa
College (parking lot off Streblow) in Napa.
Hilliness=3, Mileage=71, 4850' Elevation Gain
Short option Mileage=51
Tour de Napa, Part Sept: Lonesome Lower Lake Loop Pope Valley
to Lower Lake
- The final, and perhaps the best of the originally planned
series of seven rides! We'll start this ride in thriving,
downtown Pope Valley, head out towards Lake Berryessa, and
then take the lonesome Berryessa-Knoxville Rd. to the town
of Lower Lake. After lunch, we'll climb Seigler Canyon and
descend Big Canyon to Middletown, taking Butts Canyon past
the Hubcap Ranch back to Pope Valley. Bring plenty of water
(especially if it's a warm day) because this ride is long,
desolate and has lots of climbing! Expect about 4800' vertical.
Meet at the Pope Valley Store in Pope Valley.
Hilliness=4, Mileage=85, 4800' Elevation Gain
From Nan Langen Steketee, John Buenfil and Scott Steketee.
From Nancy Whitlatch and Grace Cassel.
Vacaville - Berryessa Loop - A clockwise loop from Pena Adobe/Lagoon Valley Park
via Mankas Corner, Gordon Valley, Wooden Valley, Moskowite Corner, Lake
Berryessa and Pleasants Valley. This is approximately the reverse of
Fairfield to Berryessa above. Hilliness=3.5, Mileage=55
Four Canyons - A tour of Crow, Norris, Cull and Bollinger Canyon Roads
starting from the Sycamore Valley Rd Park n' Ride at Sycamore Valley Road
and Danville Blvd.
From Pat Greene.
Calistoga Classic - from the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs via Pope Valley
to Middletown with return over Mt. St. Helena.
Expanded Calistoga Classic - from the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs via
Sage Canyon to Pope Valley to Middletown with return over Mt. St. Helena.
Geysers from Jimtown - from Jimtown to the Geysers via Geyserville
and Cloverdale and direct return.
From Pat Greene and Chris Witt with help from Bob Coble.
Morgan Territory - loop with Mt. Diablo options
starting at Pleasant Hill BART.
This includes that nifty route from the Contra Costa Canal Trail
Hilliness=3 to 5, Mileage=53 to 70
The following have added detail and are reformatted courtesy of Ivan Peterson.
And here's yet another cue sheet with profile and map courtesy of Jeff Kurtock.
From Phil Morton.
Central Marin Redwoods and Pastries - from
Miller Creek Rd and Lucas Valley Rd via Nicasio to Point Reyes Station and the Bovine Bakery.
Return via Olema and Nicasio. Hilliness=3, Mileage=42
Fairfield to Davis - from
The Fairfield/Suisun Amtrak station via Cantelow and English Hills
to Winters. Either return via Pleasants Valley Hilliness=3, Mileage=52
or continue to Davis Amtrak Hilliness=3, Mileage=45.
Phil says "it's not a good route except on a holiday. There's usually
a lot of traffic on N. Texas, but on Thanksgiving Day it works well."
Fairfield to Winters - from
Lyon and Rollingwood near the N Texas exit from I-80 via Cantelow and English Hills
to Winters with return via Pleasants Valley. Hilliness=3, Mileage=48
Grizzly Peak - from N Berkeley BART via Spruce St, Grizzly Peak and
Skyline to Pinehurst; return via Moraga, Orinda, Wildcat, and Spruce.
Miller Creek to Marshall - from
Miller Creek and Lucas Valley via Nicasio and the Cheese Factory
to Marshall and Point Reyes Station.
See also Nicasio to Marshall and
Lucas Valley to Marshall above.
Mt. Diablo - from Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, take
the Contra Costa Canal trail and city streets to the south side
of the mountain. Go up South Gate and down North Gate with an
optional trip to the summit.
Hilliness=4 to 5, Mileage=29 to 38
See above for a variation on the route from Heather Farm
to South Gate.
Mt. Diablo - from Pleasant Hill BART, up Northgate and down Southgate
with a few variants on the return.
One Bakery Ride - from Nicasio out to Tomales via Chileno Valley, lunch in Tomales, return via Marshall wall. Hilliness=3!, Mileage=60
to Castro Valley BART via Palomares Canyon.
Santa Cruz Mountains - from Page Mill Park & Ride off I-280, over the ridge to Pescadero, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Mountain Charlie and back via Skyline.
Solano College - about a mile north of I80
on Suisun Valley Rd - through Wooden Valley, skirting the south end of Lake Berryessa to Winters.
Tilden - Lafayette - Moraga - from Island Picnic Area in Tilden ride
down Wildcat Canyon, over Papa Bear and Happy Valley, through Lafayette to
lunch in Moraga. Return via Pinehurst, Skyline, Grizzly Peak and Wildcat.
Two Bakeries - from Miller Creek and Lucas Valley to Tomales and Point
See above for a similar route with different starting points
for more or less distance.
With help from Sherie Reineman
Two Bridges - from North Concord/Martinez BART through Martinez to the Carquinez Scenic Drive
(No cars) and on to Crocket. Bike path to Vallejo (Bridge #1), and on back through Benicia for
lunch at the waterfront. Return via Bridge #2 to Martinez.
With help from Rich Lesnik and edits by Mark Sapiro,
Woodside to San Gregorio via Old La Honda
and Tunitas Creek. The ride starts and finishes at Woodside School, on
Woodside Road about a quarter mile west of the center of town.
Hilliness=5, Mileage=38 See also
Old La Honda Tunitas Creek Loop and
Woodside to Pescadero
From Rich Fisher.
St Marys, Danville, Norris Canyon, Redwood Loop - from Orinda BART
tackle the biggest hill first (Rheem), as it is on the century, then take the
St Marys Bike path, and find more hilly terrain before proceeding south along
Danville Blvd. For our return we will take Norris Canyon through to Redwood Road,
similar to the SSR rides. Hilliness=3.5, Mileage=52
From Rob Hawks.
King Ridge/Sonoma Coast -
a loop from Duncans Mills through Cazadero,
out King Ridge to Stewarts Point and return
down the coast. Optional extension through Annapolis.
The ride starts and finishes in the town of Duncans Mills on
Highway 116 about four miles east of Highway 1.
Hilliness=4, Mileage=65 or 79
Mt. Tam -
a counter-clockwise loop from the Mill Valley Safeway
over Mt. Tam. This is Rob's annual birthday ride. Also see
Over Mt. Tam above for a clockwise loop.
Two more Del Puerto Canyon options. Option 1 is from Emily Kenyon
above. A slight variant of Option 2 from Bruce Berg
is also above.
Hilliness=3!, Mileage=105 to 106
From Steve Lombardi.
Walnut Creek to Mt. Diablo - another variation.
Martinez AMTRAK to Sacramento AMTRAK via
Antioch Bridge and Sacramento River.
From Steven Louie.
Castro Valley to Sunol - Meet at Castro Valley BART - Traverse the Dublin Grade to
Foothill and Calaveras and then on to Sunol - Ohlone Regional
Wilderness Park for a nice picnic lunch at the visitor's center.
Picnic tables, restrooms and fresh spring water are available at the
center. Elevation gain is just over 2000 feet. Lots of beautiful
scenery on this route. Hilliness=2, Mileage=48
Heather Farm Park to Las Trampas Wilderness. We'll ride some residential
rollers getting to Diablo Rd / Blackhawk Rd and then out to Las Trampas Wilderness
Park returning on San Ramon Valley Blvd / Danville Blvd and finally Iron Horse
Trail back to the start. Hilliness=2, Mileage=46
Complete Iron Horse Trail. Meet at North Concord BART and ride the entire trail
either one way and return on BART (27 Miles) or Return on San Ramon Valley Blvd,
Danville Blvd eventually picking up the Iron Horse Trail and back to the start (54 Miles)
Hilliness=1 Mileage=27 or 54
Pleasant Hill Bart to Dublin - from Pleasant Hill BART ride through scenic Blackhawk
out to Dublin for lunch on Tassajara. Return via San Ramon Valley Rd. to Rudgear and then
retrace part of the route back to BART.
Tour of Five Canyons - from Castro Valley BART first ride to the top of Cull Canyon Rd.,
descend back down to Crow Canyon Rd. Then it's on to Dublin Canyon Rd. and up San Ramon Rd. /
San Ramon Valley Blvd. to Bollinger Canyon Rd. and climb Norris Canyon Rd. for a glorious
descent to Crow Canyon Rd. and then back to CV BART. There's an option to descend Crow Canyon Rd.
instead of Norris Canyon which will eliminate a steep climb before the final descent.
From Susan Jacobson.
Solstice Century - A tandem friendly century from Orinda BART to Livermore,
taking a clockwise route along Camino Tassajara and Highland to Livermore, back
via Vineyard and Foothill (i.e. Cinderella in reverse).
From Toshi Takeuchi.
Tunnel Road and Pinehurst -
from Rockridge BART climb Tunnel Rd to Skyline, continue to Redwood,
then climb back to Skyline via Pinehurst, which is the first big challenge of the
Grizzly Peak Century! Descend Shepherd Canyon back to Montclair Village.
Modified version from Sherie Reineman and Janet Noble with descent of Snake instead of Shepherd Canyon and additional detail.
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