Monday, July 13, 2015
Day 3-This super hilly ride climbs up Timber Cove Rd to Seaview Rd and Hauser Bridge Rd. Descend Hauser Bridge into the canyon for another steep climb up to the ridge top at Tin Barn Rd. Roll along the ridge on Tin Barn into Stewarts Point Rancheria before dropping down and climbing up through the beautiful redwood forest to Stewarts Point. Return south on Hwy 1 back to Windemere Point.
Begin this ride from Windemere Point-it’s at mile marker 34.5 on Hwy 1 and 0.3 mile south of Fort Ross Lodge.
Exit the gravel road onto Hwy 1; head north for 1.1 miles to Timber Cove Rd.
The right turn on Timber Cove leads to an immediate steep climb-get into your lowest gear! The first 1.2 miles has an average grade of 10.1% with steep pitches of 13-15%!
The road eases up for 0.3 mile-enjoy it while it last…
Timber Cove Rd kicks up to steep grades of 16-18% for the next 0.4 mile up to Seaview Rd.
Turn left on Seaview; the road rolls under the canopy of dense forest for 0.9 mile with an average grade of 5% before dropping through a small ranching community. It continues on rolling terrain along the hilltop meadows to the junction at Kruse Ranch Rd.
At Kruse Ranch, turn right and head north on Hauser Bridge Rd; this narrow single lane road gently climbs under the dense woods to the white fence lined properties at Ratna Ling Retreat Center. There is a wonderful bike rest area complete with bike racks and a water fountain.
Hauser Bridge Rd descends for 1.7 bumpy twisty miles to the steel truss bridge crossing over the South Fork Gualala River. Drop into your lowest gear as you exit the bridge, there is an immediate steep climb out of the canyon. It’s a nasty 3/10ths of a mile with an average grade of 16.9% and max grade of 20%!
The road continues to crawl out of the canyon to the open ridge for the next 0.9 miles with an average grade of 10.8% and steep pitches of 12-14%. Look to the west and enjoy the views of the dense coastal forests!
The road eases up a bit as you approach the summit at the junction with Kings Ridge Rd.
The road name changes to Tin Barn as you continue north along the top of the ridge.
The rolling terrain on Tin Barn Rd takes you through the hilltop meadows and woodlands to the heavily gated Odiyan Retreat Center. The barb wired fencing lining the property is certainly not welcoming at all. Maybe it’s meant to keep people in as opposed to keeping people out!
Tin Barn Rd climbs for 0.8 mile with an average grade of 5.1% before descending into Stewarts Point Rancheria; home to the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians.
Skaggs Springs Rd leads you through the Rancheria to Miller Ridge before twisting down into the canyon to the bridge crossing over the Gualala River. On the descent, watch out for the cattle guard on the fast right hand bend-slow down and use caution!
Skaggs Springs Rd winds up through the gorgeous redwoods as it climbs out of the remote shaded canyon for one mile with an average grade of 6.4%.
It continues on gentle rolling terrain through the dense redwood forest on a quiet narrow road to Stewarts Point off CA-1 This stretch of Skaggs Spring is exceptionally beautiful-slow your roll and enjoy it!
Cross CA-1 to the lunch stop at the Stewarts Point Store. Take the time to enjoy the coastal views from the front deck!
The coastal run on CA-1 S back to Windemere Point is 13.3 fabulous scenic miles. The rolling terrain has gradient ranges of 3.5-8%.
Take in the magnificent views of the coastal prairies and rocky coast to Salt Point State Park.
Hwy 1 S from Salt Point to Stillwater Cove:
Hwy 1 from Stillwater Cove back to Windemere Point:
This super loop from the coast up to the ridge is packed with steep climbs! Get comfortable being uncomfortable-spin your way up along the quiet back roads and enjoy the remote country landscape! You’ll love the stretch through the redwoods on Skaggs Springs Rd and the magnificent coastal run along Hwy 1 S back to Windemere Point!
33.8 Miles with 4334′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1381′
Max grade: 20%
Terrain: Extremely hilly with steep climbs
Weather: Sunny and warm with temps ranging from the high 50’s to the high 80’s with NW winds
Follow this route for today’s ride: