Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Day 4-This route goes up through the beautiful redwood forest from Stewarts Point on Skaggs Springs Rd to Stewarts Point Rancheria before dropping down into the canyon floor. Cross Gualala River from Skaggs Spring for the climb up Fuller Mountain on Annapolis Rd to the ridge line and roll along through the hilltop vineyards into the small town of Annapolis. Descend through the woodlands into the canyon for the climb up from Fuller Creek to Beatty Ridge. Ride through the affluent Sea Ranch Community and descend Annapolis Rd onto Hwy 1. Return south along the gorgeous coast line to Stewarts Point.
Begin this ride from Stewarts Point.
Head east on Skaggs Springs Rd; the road climbs up along Stewarts Creek through the gorgeous dense redwoods for 1.4 miles with an average grade of 5.5%.
The road drops down into the canyon for the bridge crossing over South Fork Gualala River.
Skaggs Springs Rd kicks up for a 1.6 mile climb through the beautiful forest out to the back ridge with an average grade of 11% and steep pitches of 13-15%!
You reach the top of the ridge at Stewarts Point Rancheria-follow the road through the rancheria to the junction at Tin Barn Rd.
Turn left to stay on Skaggs Spring Rd; the twisty steep descent leads you down into the canyon for the Haupt Creek Bridge crossing over the South Fork Gualala River.
Turn right to cross the iron truss bridge over the Wheatfield Fork Gualala River on Annapolis Rd. The road immediately starts to climb up Fuller Mountain for the next mile with an average grade of 10% to the high point at the hilltop vineyards.
Annapolis Rd continues on rolling terrain for the next few miles along the ridge top vineyards before descending into the canyon at Fuller Creek followed by a gradual climb up to Annapolis Winery at Soda Springs Rd.
The road travels pass a Xmas tree farm and ranches before rolling through the small town of Annapolis-look out for the historic Horicon School and the old post office building. The town has one school grades K-8 and is home to the Starcross Monastic Community.
The rolling terrain continues through Annapolis along Beatty Ridge before sweeping down through the gorgeous woodlands to the bridge crossing over Wheatfield Fork Gualala River.
Annapolis Rd climbs out of the canyon up to Miller Ridge followed by a descent and a longer climb up to Timber Ridge Rd at Sea Ranch-it’s 0.8 mile with an average grade of 7%.
The road descends through the Sea Ranch Community onto Hwy 1.
Turn left and head south on Hwy 1-the rolling terrain takes you pass the south end of Sea Ranch towards the Sea Ranch Lodge.
Hwy 1 continues on flat-rolling terrain with fabulous views of the coastal prairies and headlands.
The road rolls pass the coastal ranches back to the parked camper at Stewarts Point.
Inside Stewarts Point Store:
We continued on Hwy 1 N to our next destination: Gualala Point Regional Park Campground.
A walk through the woods around the park with views of Gualala River.
This short and super hilly loop takes you inland from the coast along the remote country back roads through magnificent redwood forests and ridge top vineyards! Stop at Stewarts Point Store for a post-ride cold drink and sit a spell to enjoy your surroundings!
24.0 Miles with 3091′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1098′
Max grade: 15%
Terrain: Extremely hilly with steep climbs
Weather: Sunny and warm with temps ranging from the mid 50’s to the high 70’s with NW winds
Follow this route for today’s ride: