Wednesday, April 6, 2016
This ride takes you around the beautiful vineyards along Carneros Valley followed by a couple of out and back hill climbs on Partrick and Redwood Rds. The route continues up Mt Veeder Rd followed by a scenic run along Dry Creek Rd into Napa Valley.
Wildflowers along Golden Gate Dr.
Turn right onto Old Sonoma Hwy to Old Sonoma Rd and Dealy Ln for a scenic run through the rolling vineyards along the east side of Carneros Valley.
Continue east on Henry Rd and turn northward through the vineyards on Buhman Ave.
Buhman Ave kicks up for a short climb out of the valley before dropping through the residential neighborhood of Browns Valley in Napa.
Turn left onto Partrick Rd; this road travels 4.7 miles NW from Browns Valley Rd to a dead end onto private properties. The first 1.5 flat miles leads you out of the residential neighborhoods along Browns Valley Creek to the wooden one lane bridge.
The road winds up through the woodland and kicks up to a steep climb with an elevation gain of 341 feet to Fontanella Family Winery, it’s 0.5 mile with gradient ranges of 14-18% grades!
Patrick levels out for a short bit and tilts up for another 0.5 climb with lesser grades of 7-10% through a tiny shaded residential community.
The road exits the woodland homes out towards the upper meadows and grassland.
Partrick continues along the beautiful rolling ridge line with grades of 6-9%.
Enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and rivers!
The road continues on gentle grades as it winds in and out of the woodlands.
Magnificent views of the Sonoma Mountains, Napa River and the surrounding sloughs and waterways.
Partrick becomes a narrow single lane road as it climbs through the gorgeous woodland and redwood forest with steep grades of 10-13%.
The road comes to a dead end at the private driveways with a total elevation gain of 1229 feet.
Reverse your way back down Partrick to Browns Valley Rd. It’s a bumpy descent, watch for all the cracks and potholes under the dappled lighting!
Head north on Browns Valley to Redwood Rd; the road exits town and continues for 2.5 gentle rolling miles through the beautiful wooded canyon.
This quiet back road winds along Redwood Creek with a few scattered country homes, ranches and vineyards. At the Mt Veeder Rd junction-turn left to stay on Redwood Rd at mile marker 3.21.
Redwood Rd runs 3.4 miles through Redwood Canyon before coming to a dead-end onto private property. The first 1.3 miles winds under the splendid wooded canyon along Redwood Creek towards Hess Winery with an average grade of 4.2%.
Redwood becomes a narrow single lane road as it drops down through the gorgeous wooded canyon. The rolling climbs winds along the creek with 5-9% grades.
The road continues out to Castle Rock and Yates Vineyards.
The last 0.2 mile kicks up with steep grades of 10-12% to the end of the road. Beautiful climb with a total elevation gain of 651 feet.
Descend Redwood back to Hess Winery.
Stop at Hess Collection Winery:
Stop at Mont La Salle-Christian Brothers Retreat & Conference Center
Descend Redwood Rd to Mt Veeder Rd junction. Mt Veeder Rd begins where Redwood Rd veers to the west; it’s 4.2 miles to the summit at Wing Canyon Vineyards. This splendid country back road winds its way up through the wooded Pickle Canyon with fabulous views of the hillside vineyards and dense green forests.
The stair step ascent on Mt Veeder Rd begins with 1.6 mile of rolling terrain up to Popeye and Olive’s wooden boat.
The next 1.5 miles has gentle 3-6% grades to the yellow farm house at mile marker 2.75.
From mile marker 2.75, the road kicks up to steeper grades of 9-10% for the next 0.8 mile to the Mount Veeder Winery sign.
From this point, the road tilts for next 3/10th of a mile to the summit with steep grades of 11-12%! You’re near the top when you see the 2300 marker on the road. Total elevation gain of 1017 feet.
Enjoy the summit views of the canyons below and the mountains above!
The descent on Mt Veeder Rd is on very poor pavement with two little humps followed by a twisty bumpy downhill to Dry Creek Rd.
Continue on Dry Creek Rd for the next 9.5 miles; the rolling descent winds down the canyon along the creek through the scattered horse ranches and farm houses.
The road winds up through the woods with a 4% half mile climb towards a residential community and quickly exits out to Napa Valley.
The three-mile stretch along the valley has superb views of the surrounding mountains and the acres and acres of vines.
Take Redwood and ride through the residential neighborhood on Westview Dr to Browns Valley Rd.
Head south on Thompson Rd; the gentle 0.7 mile climb up to the vineyard has an average grade of 3.6% followed by a descent to Congress Valley.
Turn east on Congress Valley Rd for the climb up Old Sonoma Rd; it’s 0.4 mile with 4-6% grades.
Old Sonoma Rd drops into the south end of Napa. The road jogs slightly left before the freeway overpass to Freeway Dr. Freeway Dr parallels Hwy 29 for the next 0.4 mile.
The road name changes to Golden Gate Dr as you cross W Imola Ave. The frontage road continues along 29 to Stanly Ln.
This ride takes in a few hill climbs around West Napa. You’ll enjoy the quiet scenic winding roads through redwoods, vineyards and canyons! It felt like I was riding around the Santa Cruz Mountains on the climbs up Partrick and Redwood Rd-take the roads less-traveled and you’ll always be pleasantly surprised!
51.5 Miles with 4396′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1345′
Max grade: 18%
Terrain: Extremely hilly with steep climbs
Weather: Sunny and HOT. Temps ranged from the low 60’s to the high 80’s with NE winds.
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