Marshall Wall

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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It’s another gorgeous sunny California day! We head up and over Lucas Valley Rd from Miller Creek to meet up for a club ride that begins in Nicasio.

Nicasio Valley Rd takes us along the SE side of Nicasio Reservoir to Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd. The water levels at this end of the reservoir are extremely low and it’s surprising to see a section of green in the hills-we need rain!

The climb up Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd to the Cheese Factory is a little over a mile long with an average grade of 6%.

The descent drops us down towards Hicks Valley pass the Cheese Factory and the Marin Fire Department.

Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd continues through the gorgeous open pastoral rolling hills surrounding Hicks Valley.

We head west on Hicks Valley Rd for the short climb up Hammock Hill.

At the T junction, we continue west on Marshall Petaluma Rd; the 6.5 miles of rolling terrain on this quiet back road leads us to the old white farm house at S/2 Ranch.

The ascent up Marshall Wall begins at S/2 Ranch; the first section of this stair step climb is the steepest with gradient ranges of 9-11% up to the false summit.

The road eases up for a short bit and continues climbing along Bolinas Ridge with gradient ranges of 7-8%. Look around and enjoy the spectacular views of the landscape surrounding Tomales Bay!

Marshall Petaluma Rd drops very quickly along the back ridge to Marshall. The next flat mile along CA-1 S takes us along the blue waters of Tomales Bay.

Our lunch stop is at the Marshall Store; there’s plenty of seating with outdoor tables.

We stay on CA-1 S for the next 7.6 rolling miles along Tomales Bay towards Pt Reyes Station.

The turn on Mesa Rd takes us off CA-1 through a residential neighborhood at Pt Reyes Station for a snack stop at the Bovine Bakery.

The short climb up CA-1 N is followed by a descent and another short climb on Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd up to Black Mountain Ranch. The road continues on gentle rolling flat terrain to the colored bridge.

The climb up the Spillway leads us to the flats around Nicasio Reservoir.

Nicasio Valley Rd heading SE to Nicasio provides a better view of the dry reservoir; I can see people walking out on the old Nicasio bridge taking pictures with a tripod.

Lucas Valley Rd takes us to the climb up Big Rock summit followed by a fun descent through the lower valley back to Miller Creek.

What a fantastic day to be out riding-sunny and 70’s! Thanks to Carla and Virginia for leading!

Garmin Stats:
62 Miles with 3491′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 709′
Max grade: 11%
Terrain: Moderately Hilly

Weather: FANTASTIC! Sunny, warm & breezy. Temps ranged from the low 40’s to the low 70’s. NE morning winds with SW afternoon winds.

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