Healdsburg: Geyserville-Mountain House-Hopland

Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Today’s ride has a start/finish in Geyserville, the route heads north along Alexander Valley into Cloverdale. It continues west on CA-128 through Oat Valley to the quiet remote Mountain House Rd into Hopland. The return to Geyserville goes along Dutcher Creek Rd to the vineyards out along Dry Creek Valley followed by a short climb up Canyon Rd.

I exit the Park & Ride lot in Geyserville and head north out of town on Geyserville Ave/CA-128.

Geyserville Ave runs parallel to US-101 and borders the wine region along Alexander Valley with glorious views of the mountains and vineyards.

The road becomes Asti Rd at the intersection with Zanzi Ln. The rolling climbs on Asti continue to parallel US-101 for the next 4.5 along the wineries and vineyards around Alexander Valley.

I cross over US-101 onto S Cloverdale Blvd; the main artery into Cloverdale. This road takes me through the Downtown area out towards the residential neighborhoods at the north end of town. There are many historic Victorian style homes and businesses scattered throughout this main road.

Cloverdale Blvd takes me up and over to CA-128 W; this road begins on flat to gentle rollers through the vineyards along Oat Valley.

CA-128 winds around Redwood Mountain with an average grade of 6% up to the first summit. Enjoy the mountain views!

The road descends for a short distance and crosses over into Mendocino County for the next short 5.5% climb up to the second summit towards Mountain House Rd.

Mountain House Rd stretches 9.1 miles from CA-128 to the other end at US-101. It quickly descends for 2.2 miles into the shaded canyon before tilting up for a 1.1 mile 6.8% climb out to the open hillsides.

The road descends for about a mile through the ranches along the expansive valley with oak studded hills.

The short rolling climbs for the next few miles leads me up to the top of the ridge with gorgeous views of Sanel Valley!

Mountain House continues along the flats through the beautiful local wineries and vineyards of Sanel Valley.

I cross US-101 to my lunch stop at the Hopland Farms Market next to the Valero Station in Hopland.

At this point, I reverse my way back across US-101 to Mountain House Rd. All the descents are now climbs and vice versa. The beautiful mountain peaks serves as a great backdrop to the colorful vines along Sanel Valley.

I cross the Historic Mountain House Rd Bridge and begin the 2.2 mile, 5.5% average grade climb back up to CA-128. This would be a brutal climb during the summer with full sun exposure and minimal shade.

The rolling descent on CA-128 takes me back to Cloverdale Blvd into Cloverdale. I exit town and continue on Dutcher Creek Rd for the next 5.2 miles; the rolling climbs along Dry Creek Valley has gradient ranges of 6-8% with steeper pitches of 10%.

The descent on Dutcher Creek Rd leads me into Dry Creek Valley with magnificent views of the valley vineyards!

Dry Creek Rd brings me to the last climb up Canyon Rd; it’s a 1.5 miles with an average grade of 4%, you’re at the top when you see Olive Hill Cemetery.

The fast descent drops into Geyserville for the return to the Park & Ride lot.

This ride out to Hopland concludes our tour around Healdsburg and the gorgeous wine country. Next time around, we’ll explore the western coastal region of Sonoma County! Make the time to come out and enjoy the quiet country back roads of this spectacular part of Northern California! You’ll love it!

Garmin Stats:
56.66 Miles with 4731′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1108′
Max grade: 10%
Terrain: Moderately Hilly

Weather: FABULOUS! Sunny, warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the mid 40’s to the mid 70’s. Mild NW winds with 100% humidity

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Happiness never decreases by being shared.  ~Buddha
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One Comment

  1. I AM in love with this blog. I am doing Mountain House from Ukiah tomorrow and this has helped me prepare tremendously. Thank you and keep up the great work!!!

    vanityorinsanity, Thanks for the positive comment, it’s good to know that people actually find the information on this blog useful! have a great ride tomorrow! Nancy

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