Sunday, March 23, 2014
This short hilly loop around some of the East Bay Hills is part of Grizzly Peak Cyclists Century Prep series. The route begins from Orinda BART to Canyon Rd for a climb up south Pinehurst Rd to Skyline Blvd followed by another climb up south Grizzly Peak Blvd.
We exit the BART parking lot onto Camino Pablo to Moraga Way.
Moraga Way heads SE for 4.5 flat miles from Orinda into Moraga.
We continue south on Canyon Rd for the short climb up to the Valle Vista Staging Area (EBMUD) to Redwood Regional Park. The descent on Canyon leads us into the lower canyon to Pinehurst Rd.
The climb up south Pinehurst Rd is 4 miles long; the gentle rolling terrain on the lower section follows along San Leandro Creek on an old railroad grade through the beautiful towering redwoods into Canyon.
At the left hairpin turn, the road climbs 0.8 mile up through the canyon with an average grade of 4.7%.
When you reach the next hairpin turn at the guard rail, the road continues to climb 0.5 mile with steep 9-12% grades up to the top at Skyline Blvd.
The next 1.5 miles north on Skyline Blvd goes through a residential neighborhood on very rough pavement. At Huckleberry, the road climbs for a short 0.3 mile up to Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
There is a brief regroup/stop at Sibley.
We continue head north on Grizzly Peak Blvd along the west edge of Sibley out to the open ridge with spectacular East Bay views! Grizzly peak drops down to the intersection at Claremont & Fish Ranch Rd.
The climb up south Grizzly Peak Blvd to the summit at Frowning Ridge is 1.5 miles with an average grade of 4.5%. There are several look out areas with great SF Bay views!
The descent on Grizzly Peak Blvd down to Centennial and Golf Course Rd on the new smooth pavement can get very fast; the twisty road has several tight turns!
Grizzly Peak Blvd continues to descend through the Berkeley Hills residential neighborhoods to Spruce and Wildcat Canyon.
We head east on Wildcat Canyon Rd; this road runs 1.8 very rough miles along the edge of Tilden Park towards Island Picnic Area.
The road condition greatly improves when we cross into Contra Costa County for the brief stop at Island Picnic Area.
Wildcat Canyon continues on rolling terrain to Inspiration Point followed by a twisty descent to Camino Pablo.
Camino Pablo leads us back to the Orinda BART parking lot.
Thanks to all the ride leaders for leading this prep ride! It was great to see and ride with everyone. The weather was fabulous for this short hilly loop.
28.21 Miles with 2202 ‘ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1381’
Max grade: 12%
Terrain : Hilly
Weather: Sunny and clear with temps ranging from the mid 40’s to the high 60’s. Mild N winds with 87% humidity
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