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Willow Creek Loop

Willow Creek Road is one of our best gravel options for cyclists. As far as gravel roads go this one could spoil you. It’s got a smooth (for gravel) and well compacted base and any areas of loose gravel are pretty easy to avoid. Many do this on a road bike with road bike tires just fine, but it’s more fun …

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Sonoma Cavedale Loop

Cavedale Road is a popular climb for cyclists. The grades are mostly moderate with a couple of short steep pitches. The road surface is among the worst you’ll find but for climbing it’s fine. You will be able to refill your water bottles at the Fire Station (where Cavedale intersects Trinity Road) Descending on Trinity Road offers a much better …

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Occidental, Bodega, Coleman Valley

Departing Occidental to the south, turn right just as you leave “town” onto Bittner Road. This and Joy Road will take you through some impressive Redwood forests. If you want to stop in Bodega Bay then you can turn left where Bay Hill meets Highway One, then the next right will take you to Roadhouse Coffee (or don’t turn right …

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Occidental, Russian River, Coleman Valley

Occidental sits at the top of The Bohemian Highway so either direction you take you will be going downhill. This route takes you north to the Russian River Valley. In Duncans Mills the Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery is always a great spot to fit into a ride. The trip down Highway 1 offers some beautiful views but be sure to …

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Healdsburg – Pine Flat

Pinie Flat is one of the favorite climbs in the area. Most of the climb is pretty moderate but save some oomph for some steep pitches in the last three miles. The road is narrow and there is very little traffic on this road but use common sense on the descents – it’s best to assume that around every blind …

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Calistoga, Old Toll and Franz Valley

This ride is two easy loops patched together into one ride. Old Toll Road and Franz Valley School Roads are both have very light traffic. The descent down Highway 29 is a blast.

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Calistoga Ranch Lake Berryessa Loop

This is a nice long loop and the country is so beautiful that one doesn’t notice the climbing (as much). This area can get hot in the summer months but if you get out early then you will miss the afternoon heat. Spanish Flat is a good halfway stop for water. Traffic is light everywhere except Silverado Trail, where you …

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Calistoga Pope Valley Loop

Howell Mountain Road is a popular climb for cyclists. It has a moderate and consistent grade and there is very little traffic. Once past Angwin you are treated to a fast downhill on excellent pavement. Then the climb back over the hills to Napa Valley takes you up Ink Grade Road. This is another favorite for cyclists. Very remote and …

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Sebastopol Bodega Loop

From Sebastopol this route takes you up Harrison Grade, the prettiest climb to Occidental. Departing Occidental to the south, turn right just as you leave “town” onto Bittner Road. This and Joy Road will take you through some impressive Redwood forests. If you want to stop in Bodega Bay then you can turn left where Bay Hill meets Highway One, …

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Sebastopol Duncan’s Mills Loop

This route takes you up Harrison Grade Road towards Occidental but tuns on Morelli. Morelli has a steep descent section so be careful. Conversely, you could just continue on Harrison Grade Road to Graton Road and into Occidental. Turn right at Bohemian Highway and turn left on Moscow Road before the river. There is a great coffee shop in Duncan’s …

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Sebastopol Ft. Ross Loop

Beautiful scenic ride. Watch the Morelli Road descent as it has some very steep sections. The descent on Meyers Grade and Highway 1 is one of our “E-ticket” rides. Not to be missed!

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Sebastopol Tomales Loop

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Sebastopol Marshall Loop

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Sebastopol Pt. Reyes Loop

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Calistoga to Jimtown and back

This is a fairly easy trip to make. The Jimtown Store is a popular re-fueling location for cyclists. If you are visiting off-season they may be closed but water is available around to the right side of the building.

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Sonoma out-and-back

Sonoma is one of the nicest Wine Country Cities you’ll find. This route gets you there the long, and scenic, way. Popular spots for cyclists to refuel are The Basque Boulangerie Café or The Sunflower Caffé.

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Tomales Marshall Loop

The ocean influence creates a micro-climate along the coast. This route takes you through some of the best. The area is crisscrossed with what are mostly quiet farm roads. The smell of the ocean (and livestock) is always in the air. Often you will find conditions windy. Believe it or not, winter just may be the best time to bike …

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Glen Ellen Carneros Loop

This is a very rewarding route that takes you over the Mayacamas Mountains and into Napa Valley. The retune to Sonoma Valley takes you around the southern edge of the Mayacamas and through the Carneros Wine Region. The main climb is on Cavedale Road which is lightly trafficked and offers many beautiful views of Sonoma Valley. There is a Volunteer …

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Glen Ellen Cavedale Loop

Here is a short ride but the climb up Cavedale Road packs plenty of intensity. Local cyclists use this road a lot for schooling their climb. You’ll find very little car traffic on this road and you might even see more bikes than cars. The road surface is rough enough to keep most cyclists from descending on this road so …

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Glen Ellen Bodega Bay Loop

Here is a ride where you can really stretch your legs out. With our valleys generally running north to south, you will face some mountains climbs when going east and west. One rewarding aspect of crossing mountains is you will find yourself transported to a completely new micro-climate which can make you feel like you’ve traveled much farther than you …

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Atlas Peak

This is probably the best local climb if you are in Napa. The pitches rarely exceed 10% and there are plenty of places where the grade all but vanishes and you can get a bit of a break before the next pitch. There first part of the climb affords some nice views of Napa Valley but this will be more …

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Yountville Berryessa Loop

This route follows much of the Yountville Lower Chiles Valley route. The main difference is that it adds some more miles and takes you out to Lake Berryessa. This lake is a manmade reservoir and is a popular destination for all sorts of water activities. It can get hot out here in the summer and the water can look inviting.

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Sonoma and Mayacamas

This route is the first half of the Sonoma out-and-back with a return to Napa taking you over the Mayacamas Mountains. It’s a very rewarding route. The main climb is on Cavedale road which is lightly trafficked and offers many beautiful views of Sonoma Valley. On the descent into Napa Valley the road surface is very good but if you …

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Sonoma out-and-back

The town of Sonoma is one of the most charming wine country settings around. The trip to get there goes through the Carneros Wine Region and is an easy ride with rolling hills. Traffic is mostly light, except of course for the 1/3 mile you ride on Highway 12/121.

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Mount Veeder Loop from Napa

This is a popular route for those that live in Napa. It’s close to town and is a beautiful ride.

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King Ridge loop B from Duncan’s Mills

This route is much like the King’s Ridge loop ‘A’ except that it takes in a section of Highway 1. If conditions are clear on the coast (it can be foggy in the summer) then this is a ride to not miss. The descent down Meyer’s Grade and Highway 1 is world class! One customer said after doing this ride, …

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Yountville Lower Chiles Valley Loop

Here is an easy ride that could come in handy should one be crunched for time. The grades are moderate and traffic is light. Lower Chiles Valley Road is a gem that may want to make you slow down and enjoy the views.

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Yountville Pope Valley Loop

This route takes you into the Vaca Mountain Range to the east of Napa Valley. The main ascent is via Howell Mountain Road which is one of the more popular climbs for cyclists, perhaps due to the scarcity of automobile traffic. You will enjoy many panoramic views as you continue into Pope Valley. Here the route turns to the south …

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Sebastopol Russian River Loop

On the way to the Russian River Valley you will hit some back roads. This includes one short but at times steep climb on Harrison Grade Road followed by a gentle descent to the Russian River. River Road is flat and meanders along with the river. Guerneville has a popular coffee house for cyclists called Coffee Bazaar. Just turn left …

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Bodega Bay Sweetwater Loop

Three miles north of Bodega Bay turn right at Coleman Valley Road. The road is easy to pass so watch for it. Coleman Valley Road has a steep climb as you head inland but it turns in to a rolling country road with some sweeping views. From Occidental you will head downhill to the Russian River Valley. River road meanders …

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Bodega Bay Occidental Loop A

This is a short loop that takes you north on Highway 1 for about three miles. Then you turn inland and climb the famous Coleman Valley Wall. On this road you won’t see many cars but you will be treated to eight miles of beautiful rural scenery. After the intersection at Joy Road the road mostly descends to the town …

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Bodega Bay Occidental Loop B

This is a short loop that takes you north on Highway 1 for about three miles. Then you turn inland and climb the famous Coleman Valley Wall. On this road you won’t see many cars but you will be treated to eight miles of beautiful rural scenery. This route doesn’t quite go to the town of Occidental but if you …

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Bodega bay Marshall Loop

This southerly loop first follows scenic Highway 1 along Tomales Bay. At Marshall you turn inland and climb the “Marshall Wall.” You won’t see many vineyards on this route but you will see a variety of livestock in the rolling hills. The town of Tomales is a good place to take a break and refuel your engine. On your way …

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Bodega Bay King Ridge Loop A

This route takes you on some of the best backroads you will find anywhere in the world! It is also long, has a lot of climbing and much of it is very remote. After Cazadero it’s thirty-eight miles to Jenner so be sure you have enough water and fuel. You might find water on Hauser Bridge Road near the Ratna …

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Bodega Bay King Ridge Loop B

This route takes you on some of the best backroads you will find anywhere in the world! It is also long, has a lot of climbing and much of it is very remote. After Cazadero it’s thirty-eight miles to Jenner so be sure you have enough water and fuel. You might find water on Hauser Bridge Road near the Ratna …

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Bodega Bay Guerneville Loop

Three miles north of Bodega Bay turn right at Coleman Valley Road. The road is easy to pass so watch for it. Coleman Valley Road has a steep climb as you head inland but it turns in to a rolling country road with some sweeping views. From Occidental you will head downhill to the Russian River Valley. River road meanders …

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Howell Mountain and Pope Valley

The easter hills of Napa Valley have many great roads for cycling. This one is an easy one. Assuming one starts in St. Helena it’s only a 27 mile ride but but considering some of the Napa Valley views and the long moderate climbs, you might just want to do it twice. These are popular roads for cycling and you’re …

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Trinity and Spring Mountain Roads from Santa Rosa

Starting in Santa Rosa, this is a moderate ride with a couple of pretty good climbs in it. Heading up Sonoma Valley you will make your way to the first major climb, Trinity Road. Near the summit, at Cavedale Road, there is a fire station that has a faucet that is very handy for topping off water bottles. The descent …

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Spring Mountain and Trinity Roads from St. Helena

Starting in beautiful St. Helena, this is a moderate ride with a couple of pretty good climbs in it. The first climb should not be underestimated as it is initially an easy grade and the real climbing starts about halfway into your ascent. What makes this climb challenging though is that it is a continuous climb without any flat spots …

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King Ridge loop A from Duncan’s Mills

King Ridge is a road that is included as a part of the incredible Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Grand Fondo. The route we’ve mapped for you here is on some of the best of what The Fondo has to offer and it will take you some places the Fondo won’t. It has several long moderate to steep climbs and their accompanying …

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Sebastopol and Sweetwater

This is a sweet (no pun intended) little ride with one really good climb in the middle of it. Ragle Ranch Regional Park is a popular location as a start/finish point for many group rides. Much of the first and last parts of this route take you on the West County Trail. This is a mixed use trail that seems to …

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The TOWERS!

This climb is a local favorite. We have shown the route starting at Highway 12, but you can start anywhere or add this into another ride, and since the way in is the way out it we didn’t show it as a round trip. If you are unsure about cycling on gravel roads then you may want to shorten this …

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The Geysers Loop

This loop, starting and finishing in downtown Healdsburg, includes one of the biggest local climbs we have to offer. It a substantial climb but well worth the effort as the Geysers Road has very little car traffic, which makes it a favorite for cycling. Sections of the road are gravel but the surface is solid and suitable for a road …

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Valley Loop – 63 miles

Like the 54 mile Valley Loop this also has an abundance of vineyards and beautiful scenery. Road surfaces vary from two-lane low traffic highways to rolling country roads. There are no big climbs here and much of the route is flat but there are parts where you will be treated with a fun rolling roadway. A great pit stop for …

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Valley Loop – 54 miles

There are a lot of different ways to create a valley Loop. They all have an abundance of vineyards and beautiful scenery. Road surfaces vary from two-lane low traffic highways to rolling country roads. There are no big climbs here and much of the route is flat but there are parts where you will be treated with a fun rolling …

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Cavedale via Sonoma Mountain

Enjoy the views! Cavedale is one of the rewarding climbs in our area. It is recommended that you tackle this route fro the south as the road surface is pretty poor. This is something that you wont notice nearly as much when climbing as when descending. The preferred descent is Trinity Road which you will come to shortly after the …

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Willowside – Bodega Bay Loop

This ride is mostly rural and the roads, with a few exceptions, have light automobile traffic. After your climb to Occidental the route takes you through a refreshing redwood forest. As you continue westward you will probably find Bodega Bay fogged in during the summer months but any other time you should be rewarded with some beautiful views of the Pacific. …

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