Marin: Pt Reyes Station-Nicasio

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Day 3 of our short RV cycling trip: The plan is to meet up with a club ride in Nicasio and return with the group to Pt Reyes Station. This short leisurely ride meanders out along the Nicasio Reservoir to Nicasio and back. It’s 20 scenic miles with minimal climbing.

Mesa Rd takes us to the climb up CA-1 N to Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd; it’s 0.4 mile with an average grade of 4.6%.

Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd winds along the north edge of Golden Gate Nat’l Recreation Area and the south base of Black Mountain; it gently follows the curvatures of Lagunitas Creek. The terrain is mostly flat with one short pitch up to Black Mountain Ranch.

At the colored bridge, we continue NE on Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd to the Spillway climb up to Nicasio Dam; it’s 0.5 mile with an average grade of 5%.

The road continues on flat terrain around the Nicasio Reservoir with fabulous views of the calm waters and golden valley hills.

Nicasio Valley Rd continues around the reservoir to the little hump up along the stand of eucalyptus trees.

Nicasio Valley Rd takes us to Nicasio.

Meet up with the group at Nicasio Square:

We return on Nicasio Valley Rd along the Nicasio Reservoir through the open pastoral lands and valley meadows.

Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd continues along the NW side of the reservoir with gorgeous views of Black Mountain.

We cross the colored bridge and stay on Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd and CA-1 S to Pt Reyes Station.

Lunch stop at Pt Reyes Town Commons:

Downtown Pt Reyes Station:

Toby’s Feed Barn:

Other neighborhood scenes:

Stay at Olema Campground:

This short scenic ride is just enough to stretch the legs and allow plenty of time afterwards to walk around town. Have fun!

Garmin Stats:
20 Miles with 719′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 190′
Max grade: 8%
Terrain: Flat-rolling terrain-a few low hills

Weather: Partly cloudy > sunny skies with tamps ranging from the high 50’s to the high 60’s. N winds with 64% humidity.

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Follow this route for today’s ride:

 

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