Wednesday, July 8, 2015
This short hilly counter clockwise loop goes through the town of Martinez for a scenic roll along the Carquinez Regional Shoreline on the George Miller Trail to Crockett. Continue on San Pablo Ave through the refineries to Rodeo, Hercules and Pinole. Return east along Pinole Valley and Alhambra Valley for a climb and descent on Pig Farm Hill.
Heads out of Martinez on Arnold to Glacier and Vine Hill to Alhambra Ave.
Continue north on Alhambra Ave through the commercial district of town.
Sop at Main St for a meet up with the group at Starbuck’s-Alhambra Creek Plaza.
Meander through town on Estudillo and Escobar to Talbert St.
Carquinez Scenic Dr/ George Miller Trail winds in and around the woodlands for about 1.5 miles to the trail gate; with every twist and turn comes a different view of Carquinez Strait.
Enjoy the views!
The gated 1.7 mile section of trail is closed to thru-traffic; the road continues snaking around the bay shoreline with many choice vista overlooks of the surrounding waters, Benicia-Martinez Bridge, the shoreline tracks and dense woodlands!
The trail drops down into Little Bull Valley and ends at the new George Miller Trail parking lot. There is a porta-potty and NO WATER.
Climb out of Little Bull Valley before descending into Big Bull Valley towards Port Costa at Canyon Lake Dr.
The road kicks up for a climb to the Bull Valley Staging Area at Carquinez Strait Shoreline Park.
Carquinez Scenic Dr/ George Miller Trail continues winding along the shoreline with views of Carquinez Strait.
Continue on Carquinez Scenic Dr/ George Miller Trail for the drop into Crockett on Pomona St.
Climb out of Crockett to San Pablo Ave for a stop at the Vista Point Area.
Enjoy the views of the Carquienz Bridge, Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay!
Stay on San Pablo Ave for the short climb and sweeping descent towards Cummings Skwy.
The road tilts up for a short climb up pass the refinery into the town of Rodeo.
Head SW on San Pablo Ave; the climbs lead up into Hercules.
Turn left on Pinole Valley Rd through the town of Pinole. Pinole Valley Rd exits the business district and residential neighborhoods before continuing on gentle rolling terrain to Castro Ranch Rd.
The road name changes to Alhambra Valley Rd as you cross Castro Ranch Rd into Alhambra Valley. Head east on Alhambra Valley Rd for the next 7.6 miles; this area has minimal traffic with gorgeous views of the rolling hillsides, open grasslands and grazing cattle.
Alhambra Valley Rd at Bear Creek Rd begins with a gentle climb up along the vineyard to the olive grove and animal farm. The road continues through the valley and ranch lands of JMB ranch to the base of the Pig Farm Hill.
The climb up west Pig Farm Hill begins around the bend at JBL Ranch; it’s a steep half mile climb with grades of 13-15%!
Alhambra Valley Rd descends through Vaca Canyon to the valley out to junction at Reliez Valley Rd. Stay on Alhambra Valley Rd to Alhambra Ave.
Take Alhambra Ave back to Vine Hill Way; it’s a short 0.2 mile climb with an average grade of 7.4%. Return on Center and Glacier to Arnold Dr and Fig Tree Ln.
This short scenic hilly ride will get you out of the house and back with plenty of time to do other things.
37.2 Miles with 2677′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 761′
Max grade: 15%
Terrain: Moderately hilly
Weather: Overcast skies with partial sun and mild temps ranging from the low 60’s to the low 70’s with NW winds
Follow this route for today’s ride: