Vaca Valley-English Hills-Putah Creek-Pleasant Valley

Friday, October 30, 2015

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This ride goes for a counter clockwise loop through the beautiful Vaca Valley and out around the English Hills to the agricultural farm lands and orchards north of Dixon Ridge. It continues for a leisurely scenic flat jaunt around the flat lands and orchards along Putah Creek into the town of Winters. Return SW on Putah CreeK Rd towards Lake Solano and head south through the gorgeous valley orchards, farms and ranches on Pleasants Valley to Pena Adobe.

Begin this ride from Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville.

Exit park onto Rivera Rd and cross over I-80 on Cherry Glen Rd.

Head north on Pleasants Valley Rd for the next 3.1 miles through the beautiful orchards and farms along Vaca Valley.

Turn right onto Vaca Valley Rd; the road cuts across the valley vineyards and farmlands to Gibson Canyon Rd.

Head north on Gibson Canyon Rd; the short gentle climb leads you out of town through the English Hills.

Continue north on Steiger Hill Rd for the climb up through the community ranches to the summit; it’s 0.7 mile with 3-6% grades.

The road drops down Steiger Hill before coming to a T junction at Cantelow Rd.

Turn right onto Cantelow Rd; it continues to descend English HIlls along English Creek to English Hills Rd.

Head north on English Hills Rd to Peaceful Glen Rd; these country back roads winds through a scattered ranching community around English Hills.

The rolling terrain on Timm Rd takes you along the outskirts of English Hills to the open flat lands between Dixon and Winters with views of the Vaca Mountains.

Allendale Rd goes eastward through the expansive open valley as it cuts under I-505 towards Dixon.

The slight turn on N Meridian Rd leads you onto Silveyville Rd.

Silveyville Rd continues east through the flat agricultural farm lands, orchards and ranches north of Dixon Ridge to Pitt School Rd.

The jog around Pitt School and Sievers Rds takes you around the vast orchards and rich farmlands.

Continue to meander around the rich expansive valley on Currey and Phillips Rds to Stevenson Bridge Rd.

Putah Creek Rd heads west through the beautiful flat valley orchards along Putah Creek.

Cross the trestle train bridge into the town of Winters.

Lunch stop at the Rotary Park:

Retrace steps back across the trestle train bridge ad continue west on Putah Creek Rd; the road travels through the orchards along Putah Creek to Lake Solano.

Turn left onto Pleasant Valley Rd; the rolling terrain runs south through the valley orchards and ranches.

Pleasant Valley Rd-with views of the Vaca Mountains and English Hills.

Pleasants Valley Rd-rolling climbs to Mercier Grapevine Nursey:

Pleasants Valley Rd-roll through Vaca Valley to Cherry Glen Rd:

Head east on Cherry Glen Rd to Rivera Ave for the return to Pena Adobe Park.

This ride takes you along the scenic orchards and rich agricultural farmlands from Solano County to Yolo County. You’ll enjoy the roll through the gorgeous valleys and low hills around Vaca Valley to the English Hills. The flat long stretches around Dixon Ridge and along Putah Creek will keep your legs spinning for miles and miles. This would be a perfect tandem ride too!

Garmin Stats:
52.0 Miles with 1180′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 486′
Max grade: 10%
Terrain: Flat-rolling

Weather: Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the mid 60’s to the low 80’s with brisk NW winds.

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Vaca Valley

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