Temescal-BBR-Redwood-Willow Park-Pinehurst

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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This route goes through the residential neighborhoods and business district in Montclair to the popular climb up BBR to Joaquin Miller and Skyline Blvd. It drops down through the redwoods on Redwood Rd towards Pinehurst Rd and continues on with a climb up through Chabot Regional Park before dropping down to Willow Park Golf Course for lunch. The ride reverses its way on Redwood Rd for the climb up south Pinehurst Rd to Skyline Blvd.

We begin at the Lake Temescal parking lot off Broadway in Oakland.


The Landvale Station Trail takes us along the SE edge of the lake to Broadway Terrace.

We meander through the Montclair neighborhoods on Duncan Way to the business district on Mountain Blvd.

La Salle Ave leads us over Hwy 24 to Trafalgar Pl and Monterey Blvd. The climb on Monterey Blvd runs parallel to Hwy 24 towards Lincoln Highlands with gradient ranges of 4-6%.

We cross over Hwy 24 on Joaquin Miller Rd to the short climb up to Hedge Rd.

The turn on Hedge Ln takes us to a popular local cycling route known as BBR; Burdeck, Butters and Robinson. The 1.7 mile stretch through this Oakland neighborhood meanders around Butters Canyon.

The short steep climb on Butters has gradient ranges of 8-10%; the single narrow lane road rolls through the lush natural growth along the canyon.

Robinson Rd gently winds back out onto Joaquin Miller Rd for the short climb up to the top at Skyline Blvd.

The roll down Skyline brings us to the fabulous descent on Redwood Rd. Redwood Rd heading east to Pinehurst Rd is a fun 2.4 smooth miles through the towering redwoods with minimal traffic and no technical turns. This is by far one of the best descents around the East Bay Hills-no braking is required!

Once you pass Pinehurst, the road ascends with gentle 1.5-2% grades for 1.5 miles and gradually increases to grades of 4-6% as you near the entrance to Bort Meadow.

Redwood Rd continues with an average grade of 5.7% with a short descent in between the climbs to the summit. 

The road levels out at the top of the ridge towards Marciel Gate.

The descent sweeps around the curves of the hills and drops down to the creek crossing to the flats on Redwood Rd.

We stop for lunch at Willow Park Golf CourseHAPPY BIRTHDAY DOLORES!


We exit the golf course and head north on Redwood Rd to Pinehurst. It’s a 2.1 miles climb up towards Marciel Gate with an average grade of 5.4%.  The road levels out at the top followed by a descent and one short 0.3 mile bump of a climb with an average grade of 4.1%. Redwood Rd winds its way down into the shaded woods to Pinehurst Rd.

The climb up south Pinehurst Rd to Pinehurst Gate is 1.3 miles with an average grade of 4.7% and one steep pitch of 8-9% as you near the top. The descent on Pinehurst down to Canyon Rd is on a narrow twisty two lane road with many blind turns-proceed with caution!

Pinehurst Rd continues north on gentle rolling terrain for the first 2.7 miles on an old railroad grade under the shade of the gorgeous redwood forest. It follows the curves of San Leandro Creek to the small community of Canyon.

It continues in and out of the canopy of trees to the hairpin turn at the gated trail head to Huckleberry Regional Preserve.

At the switchback, the road tilts up through the canyon for the next 0.8 miles with an average grade of 4.7%.

The next hairpin turn comes at mile 34.2 at the orange 10 mph sign; this is the steepest section of Pinehurst-it’s a 0.5 mile climb with 9-12% grades to the top at Skyline Blvd.

The rolling terrain on Skyline Blvd leads to the descent on Tunnel Rd.

Enjoy the spectacular bay views on Tunnel Rd!



We descend Caldecott Ln to Broadway back to Lake Temescal.

Thanks to Dolores for the delicious birthday brownies!

This route is one of the best variations around the East Bay hills; it’s scenic, short and hilly! You’ll still have time left in the afternoon to run errands!

Garmin Stats:
37.0 Miles with 3510′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1379′
Max grade: 12%
Terrain: Extremely hilly

Weather: Partly cloudy overcast skies with a peep of afternoon sun. Temps  ranged from the low 50’s to the mid 70’s. SW winds with 68% humidity.

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