Saturday, December 27, 2014
This short scenic loop goes through quiet Franklin Canyon for a climb up the gentle side of McEwen Rd followed by a roll along the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline on Carquinez Scenic Dr/George Miller Trail.
I exit Holiday Highlands Park and meander through the city streets of Martinez to Alhambra Ave and Franklin Canyon Rd.
Franklin Canyon Rd to McEwen Rd is 3.6 gentle miles along a quiet canyon through a small community with horse and cattle ranches, vineyards and residential ranch homes and farm houses.
The climb up the east side of McEwen Rd is a gentle 1.1 mile with an average grade of 4.2% followed by a steep descent onto Carquinez Scenic Dr/George Miller Trail.
McEwen Rd summit ranch and old barns plus views of Solano County:
Carquinez Scenic Dr/George Miller Trail continues east on gentle ascending terrain to the next high point at the new trail gate. The road descends around the Franklin Hills to Little Bull Valley.
The new 1.7 mile trail segment begins at the Little Bull Valley trail gate; the twist and turns take you along the shoreline with spectacular views of Carquinez Strait! The road narrows at some sections with several blind curves and rolls through the oak woodlands to the trail gate in Martinez.
Carquinez Scenic Dr continues on rolling terrain through the shaded woodlands before dropping down to the lower trail gate at John Nejedley Staging Area.
Enjoy the views!
There is a short 6-7% climb from the lower gate up towards the Alhambra & Catholic Cemeteries. The road descends into the edge of Martinez onto Talbert St.
I head south on Berrellessa St and Alhambra Ave through the commerical/business district to the Hwy 4 interchange.
Alhambra Ave leads back to Vine Hill Way and I return to Holiday Highlands Park on Center to Glacier and Arnold.
This ride was just enough to satisfy my winter cycling needs and short enough to not be out in the cold for too long!
21.10 Miles with 1617′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 657′
Max grade: 9%
Terrain: Flat to rolling terrain with a couple of low hills
Weather: Partly cloudy skies with sunshine and cool temps. Temps ranged from the low to high 40’s. NW winds with 66% humidity.
Follow this route for today’s ride: