Saturday, February 13, 2016
This urban ride travels south along San Ramon Valley from Danville to Sunol with three out & back spurs; Bollinger Canyon Rd to Las Trampas Wilderness, Dublin Blvd to Schaefer Ranch and Kilkare Rd to Kilkare Woods.
Exit Osage Station Park and Orange Blossom Way and El Capitan Dr to Camino Ramon; this frontage road runs along the west side of I-680 from Danville to Greenbrook Dr in San Ramon.
Turn left and head south on San Ramon Valley Rd into San Ramon.
Head north on Bollinger Canyon Rd; this road begins with a 2 mile roll through the residential neighborhoods to the intersection at Crow Cayon Rd.
The road exits the suburban homes as it crosses Crow Canyon towards Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. The gentle terrain rolls through a scattered ranching community with open pastoral lands and meadows.
Bollinger Canyon goes on for another half mile through the gates to the end of the road at Bollinger Canyon Staging Area.
Turn around and reverse your way out on Bollinger Canyon Rd back to San Ramon Valley Rd. The flat-rolling miles on San Ramon Valley Rd goes through San Ramon and Dublin. At Alcosta Blvd, the road name changes to San Ramon Rd as it crosses into Alameda County.
Dublin Blvd to the summit at Dublin Hills is 2.3 miles; the road begins on gentle terrain before kicking up to grades of 6-9% for half a mile starting from Silvergate Dr. The road levels out for a short 3/10ths of a mile up around the bend to Roys Hill Ln.
The road continues to climb for another mile with an average grade of 5.5% and steeper pitches of 9-11%.
Continue on Dublin Blvd for the steep drop on Schaefer Ranch Rd to Dublin Canyon Rd.
Turn left on Dublin Canyon Rd and head east through the canyon to Foothill Rd.
Foothill Rd travels south on rolling terrain through the residential neighborhoods along the west edge of Pleasanton.
The road continues past Castlewood Country Club and estate homes towards Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.
Foothill Rd kicks up for some short rolling climbs into the town of Sunol to Kilkare Rd.
Kilkare Rd is an out & back climb from Sunol into the small community ofKilkare Woods; it’s a gentle 3.6 mile stretch of road with minimal to no traffic. The road has an average grade of 3.5% with steep pitches of 6-8%. Check out the Little Brown Church of Sunol, the historic stone mansion at Elliston Vineyards and the cute little blue fairy tale house as you wind your way up through the canyon.
Kilkare Rd up to the Kilkare Woods Home Assn sign.
The road continues to snake up along Sinbad Creek with the calming sounds of trickling water and views of homes nestled in the woods. Kilkare Rd dead ends at Singalong Way near a trail head into Pleasanton Ridge Park.
Turn around and descend Kilkare Rd to Main St-Sunol.
Head north on Pleasanton Sunol Rd; the flat-rolling terrain runs along the RR tracks west of I-680 to Castlewood Dr.
Cross the creek at Castlewood Dr and reverse the route back on Foothill Rd towards Dublin.
Continue north on San Ramon Rd through the busy 580 interchange into Dublin and return through San Ramon Valley to Greenbrook Dr.
Take Camino Ramon and El Capitan Dr back to Osage Station Park.
Living in an urban area always involves riding through busy city streets and it’s not all bad. When you get up along Bollinger Canyon, Dublin Blvd and Kilkare, it’s a different scene-you’ll enjoy the surrounding landscape and quiet climbs with minimal to no traffic!
60.45 Miles with 2943′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1117′
Max grade: 12%
Terrain: Flat-rolling with a few low hill climbs
Weather: Plenty of sunshine and blue skies. Temps ranging from the high 50’s to the high 70’s with NW winds.
Follow this route for today’s ride: