Calaveras-Old Calaveras

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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This ride heads south on Calaveras Rd through Sunol Valley out to Calaveras Valley for the scenic roll through the woodland along Sunol Regional Wilderness and Calaveras Reservoir. Drop down into Milpitas for the climb up Old Calaveras Rd before returning on Calaveras Rd back to Sunol.

Exit Sunol on Main St to Niles Canyon Rd and head south on Paloma Rd to Calaveras Rd.

The first four rolling miles on Calaveras Rd takes you along Sunol Valley through several nurseries, a tree farm, an aggregate company and a water treatment plant.

The gentle beautiful climb up Calaveras begins after crossing the bridge over Welch Creek.

The first 3.3 miles up to the false summit goes through the Sunol Regional Wilderness followed by a rolling descent towards the reservoir.

Enjoy the fields of poppies!

The rolling terrain leads to a short climb to the high point of Calaveras Rd at 1124′ into Santa Clara County.

Enjoy the views of Calaveras Reservoir!

The road continues to snake up and around the woodlands.

The rolling terrain leads out towards the transmission towers along the shores of the reservoir.

The ups and down takes you to the next summit at 1087′ with gorgeous vistas of Calaveras Valley.

The steep descent leads to the junction at Felter Rd. Take a right and descend Calaveras Rd for a stop at Ed Levin County Park.

Continue downhill on Calaveras Rd to Evans Rd in Milpitas.

Make a right onto Evans Rd to Old Calaveras Rd.

Turn right onto Old Calaveras Rd; the road looks unassuming at first but as you turn around the bend, it kicks up with steep pitches of 15-18% grades!

The road eases up with lesser grades of 8-9% as it continues to climb up through a small rural community.

Old Calaveras Rd winds up around the hill to its high point before dropping down towards Spring Valley Golf Course at Downing Rd.

Downing Rd leads back onto Calaveras Rd.

Head north on Calaveras Rd, the road climbs back up to Ed Levin County Park with 5-8% grades.

Calaveras Rd continues on up pass Laguna Cemetery, a few more horse ranches and equine training arenas.

The “Calaveras Wall” begins at the foot of Felter Rd; it’s a short 0.3 mile climb with very steep grades of 10-15% up to the summit.

Return along the ridge along the foothills of Diablo Range with gorgeous vistas of Calaveras Valley and Calaveras Reservoir.

Cross back into Alameda County for the climb up to the first false summit.

The fun sweeping twisty descent on Calaveras Rd leads you back through Sunol Valley into Sunol.

This is a fantastic scenic hilly ride along the quiet country back roads from Sunol Valley out to Calaveras Valley. Take the road less traveled on Old Calaveras Rd for the traffic-free climb back towards Ed Levin Park. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views of the reservoir and it’s surrounding mountain ridges and valley, not just once but twice in both directions on Calaveras Rd!

Garmin Stats:
36.11 Miles with 3041′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1122′
Max grade: 18%
Terrain: Extremely Hilly

Weather: Sunny, warm & breezy. Temps ranged from the low 50’s to the mid 70’s with NW winds.

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