Route Options: (Route maps for routes A and B to be available March 2009)
Route A: Castro Valley/Redwood Road/Pinehurst/Wildcat Canyon/return- 53 miles with 4,390 feet climbing. Route B: Castro Valley/Redwood Road/Pinehurst/Skyline north to Grizzly Peak/return- 38 miles with 3,290 feet climbing.
Route C: Castro Valley/Redwood Road/Return at Skyline. Intermediate, hilly. AKA: Almost the 2nd half of the Grizzly Peak Century) 26.6 miles with 2,320 feet climbing.
Directions to Ride Start:
Valley Car Wash in Castro Valley @ Redwood Road & Village Dr.
MapQuest / GPS: go to Peet’s Coffee at 20453 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.
BART friendly (Castro Valley Station) Car wash is in back of Peet’s.
Map & Elevation:
Annual Los Gatos/Santa Cruz/Capitola/Mt. Charlie Adventure…Starts at 8:00am.
Route A: Starting at beyond Dam parking area-53 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing. The reward = a wonderful lunch at Gayle’s Bakery/Deli!
Route B ??? turnback when ever, where ever.
Directions to starting point:
Meet at Alma Bridge Road parking area-
Directions to the ‘beyond the Dam’ parking:
Continue West on Highway 17 past Highway 9 exits.Take Bear Creek exit, cross over Highway 17 and then return East on Highway 17.
Take next exit (Alma Bridge Road), follow signs to Dam… drive beyond dam and park at paved parking area on right side of Alma Bridge Road (outhouses available).
The Alpine Dam loop (featuring the 7 Itch-Bays). This is the clockwise direction. Start/end at Crissy Field, SF.
Route A: 53 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing. (add Mt. Tam summit: add 6 miles and 800 ft) Lunch stop in Fairfax after the climbing!
Route B: 22 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing, vanilla ride to end of bike path at Richardson Bay.
Route C: 42 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing- Tiburon/Paradise Drive Loop. Lunch at Shark Deli in Tiburon.
Alpine Dam Route Map
Other Marin loops including Paradise Drive
Directions to the starting point (Crissy Field, SF):
From Oakland/East Bay-
a. 80 West over the SF / Oakland Bay Bridge.
b. In SF, take the 9th Street/Civic Center exit.
c. Going down the off ramp, tend to the RIGHT, go STRAIGHT onto Harrison.
d. Go one block and turn RIGHT onto 9th Street. Work your way to the left lane.
e. After crossing Market Street, turn LEFT onto Hayes Street.
f. One block after Van Ness Avenue, turn RIGHT onto Franklin Street.
g. Straight on Franklin Street until it ends… turn LEFT onto Bay Street.
h. Go three blocks, turn RIGHT onto Laguna Street.
i. Follow Laguna and it becomes Marina Blvd. as you tend LEFT at the famous Marina Safeway.
j. Continue on Marina Blvd., getting into the right lane. After the Yacht Harbor, DO NOT enter the freeway on-ramp to the GG Bridge, but…
k. Tend to the right and enter the Crissy Field/GGNRA.
l. After entering Crissy Field, take the first RIGHT and it will take you to the paved parking for the beach.
m. Unload your bike and continue with this adventure. Bathrooms and water at windsock.
From below SF-
1. 101 North.
2. Take the 7th Street exit and turn LEFT onto 7th
3. After going under the Freeway, turn LEFT onto Harrison Street.
4. Go two blocks and turn RIGHT onto 9th Street. Work your way to the left lane.
5. Follow the directions above beginning at “e”.
Saratoga/ Boulder Creek/Big Basin Loop (clockwise).
58 miles with 6,600 feet of climbing. Lunch in Boulder Creek.
“Big Picture” ride: big redwoods, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, big climbs, and big descents.
Directions to the starting point:
>From all directions (280, 101, 680, or 880): Take Highway 17 West.
Right on Highway 9 to Saratoga.
In Saratoga, Highway 9 does a Left turn onto Big Basin Way… Take it.
Right on 4th Street.
After short downhill, public parking on Left and Right… bathrooms & water available.
Right side preferred: (Wildwood Park).
Start /end ride at Park.
Link to MapQuest for your personal directions
Saratoga-Boulder Creek-Big Basin Girlie Map
Link to Jer’s Garmin record of the 8/8/09 event.
The Lucas Valley/Pt. Reyes adventure.
Route A: 66 miles with 3,340 feet of climbing. Lunch in Pt. Reyes Station. (Long route)
Route B: 49 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing. Lunch in Pt. Reyes Station (Short route)
Route B: 35 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing- Round trip to the Petaluma Cheese Factory.
Directions to the starting point in San Rafael at the John F. McInnis Co. Park.
Bathrooms and water available at John F. McInnis County Park.
Lucas Valley-Pt Reyes Station Loop Route Map
Lucas Valley-Pt Reyes Station Girlie Map