Monday, April 11, 2016
This short loop takes you through Franklin Canyon up to Cummings Skywy for a scenic ride across the Zampa Memorial Bridge. Continue through the city streets of Vallejo to Benicia Recreation Area and meander through the park to Benicia’s waterfront area. Cross Carquinez Strait on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge for the return to Holiday Highlands Park.
Exit Holiday Highlands and jog around the city streets to Alhambra Ave and Franklin Canyon.
Franklin Canyon Rd runs 4.4 miles from the SE end at Alhambra Ave to the NW end at Cummings Skywy between Hwy 4 and the Franklin Hills. The road begins with a short little bump from under the Muir trestle up to the wall of colorful murals. The road drops down through a small community with horse and cattle ranches, vineyards and residential farm houses and ranch type homes. The terrain up through the wooded canyon has minimal to no traffic with an average grade of 2%.
The road kicks up to steeper grades of 6-8% for the last 0.4 mile to the top of Franklin Ridge at Cummings Skywy.
Cummings Skywy crosses over Hwy 4 and runs along the top of the ridge for 2.1 gentle miles to Crockett Blvd with great views of the soft rolling hills and west Contra Costa.
Crockett Blvd drops down into the town of Crockett; it’s a fun sweeping descent on very smooth pavement with fabulous views of the old Carquinez cantilever bridge and the newer Zampa suspension bridge.
The turn onto Pomona St leads you through town towards the Zampa Memorial Bridge.
Take the Zampa Memorial-Carquinez Bridge Trail across Carquinez Strait into Vallejo.
Stop at the Vista Point to enjoy the bridge and bay views!
Exit the Carquinez Bridge Trail onto Maritime Academy Dr, turn left onto Sonoma Blvd to Magazine Dr.
Magazine Dr crosses over I-80 to the Beverly Hills neighborhood in Vallejo. The turn on Fulton Rd leads onto Glen Cove Rd; this road cuts across I-780 to the outskirts of town to Benicia Rd and Columbus Pkwy.
Turn right onto Columbus Pkwy to the Bike/Ped path on Rose Dr; it takes you across I-780 to Benicia State Recreation Area.
The Bay Area Bay Trail goes through the park with wonderful views of the marshlands and blue waters of the Carquinez Strait.
Exit the trail onto W K St; this road takes you along the residential waterfront homes in Benicia.
1st St heads west through the old downtown area out to Benicia Point and pier.
Stop and enjoy the gorgeous views along Carquinez Strait!
Exit the pier and return on 1st St to E B St-this road leads to the Bike/Ped path around the Benicia Marina to E 5th St.
Head east on Military E to Jefferson St and go up Park Rd towards the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.
The Benicia-Martinez Bridge Bike/Ped path takes you across Carquinez Strait to Martinez.
Take Shell Ave to Pacheco Blvd for the return to Holiday Highlands Park on Morello Ave and Fig Tree Ln.
This is a easy rolling ride across the two bridges over Carquinez Strait. Make this a lunch/coffee/tea social and stop at one of the many restaurants and cafes along Benicia’s Old Downtown on 1st St or bring lunch and enjoy the magnificent views at the pier!
30.6 Miles with 1850′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 636′
Max grade: 7%
Terrain: Flat-rolling with low hills
Weather: Mostly cloudy with partial sun. Temps ranged from the mid 50’s to the high 60’s with SW winds.
Follow this route for today’s ride: