Point Reyes Station-Bear Valley Loop

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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There is a beautiful display of fall colors on the trees lining Miller Creek Rd-the start of today’s ride out to Point Reyes Station.

Lucas Valley Rd is 9.35 miles from the intersection of Miller Creek Rd to the west end at Nicasio Valley Rd. The first several miles allows for a nice flat warm up before starting the climb up to Big Rock summit; it’s under a mile long with gradient ranges of 7-9%.

The sweeping fast rolling descent on Lucas Valley takes you through the tucked away ranches, homes and towering redwood forests of Central Marin-it’s one of the best roads in Marin county! The road opens up to the many horse ranches and rolling hills near Nicasio Valley Rd.

We stop in Nicasio for a brief regroup and continue on Nicasio Valley Rd to Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd. The next 6.85 flat miles has gorgeous views of Nicasio Reservoir and the gentle slopes of the rolling hills. The pavement is smooth with a wide shoulder area. The 3+ mile section of rolling terrain on Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd from the colored bridge out to Hwy 1 has no shoulder-ride single file, traffic can be pretty heavy on weekends!

Our lunch stop is at Point Reyes Station/Town Commons; many food options are available from the baked goods at the Bovine Bakery to the sandwiches at the Palace Market.

The post lunch route does a 3 mile loop out from Sir Francis Drake Blvd to Bear Valley Rd. The terrain is pretty flat with one very short bump up and over towards the Pt Reyes Bear Valley Visitor Center. It’s a quiet road with minimal traffic and views of the Olema marshes.

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The turn onto Hwy 1 takes us to the climb up Sir Francis Drake Blvd aka Olema Hill; it’s about a mile long with gradient ranges of 4-7%. Slow down on the descent-it’s very easy to miss the turn at the bottom of the hill onto Platform Bridge Rd!

The rolling terrain on Platform Bridge Rd leads us back to Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd. We continue to the climb up the spillway and ride the flats along the Nicasio Reservoir back to Nicasio Valley Rd. The surrounding views are absolutely splendid!

After the regroup in Nicasio, we head SE on Nicasio Valley Rd to Lucas Valley Rd; returning through the redwoods and making our way along the gentle climbs up to Big Rock summit. The descent down Lucas Valley can be very fast with several tight left turns-proceed with caution! The last few flat miles bring us back to Miller Creek Rd-watch out for turkeys!

Thanks to everyone for joining me on this fabulous ride out to Point Reyes Station!

19 people in attendance with 1 tandem

VDO Stats:
44.6 miles with 2128′ elevation gain
Avg grade: 3%
Max grade: 10%

Weather: GREAT! Cool and sunny with some afternoon winds. Temps ranging from the low to mid 60’s

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