Pleasants Valley-Monticello Dam-Wooden Valley

Saturday, May 14, 2016

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This ride goes through the beautiful Vaca Valley out to the nut and fruit orchards along Putah Creek for a stop at Lester Farms Bakery in Winters. The route continues west along Putah Creek on CA-128 to Monticello Dam, Cardiac Hill and Moskowite Corner. The return includes a beautiful run through the shaded woodland on CA-121 to the gorgeous vineyards along Wooden Valley and Suisun Valley.

Begin this ride from Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville. Cross over I-80 on Cherry Glen Rd to Pleasants Valley Rd.

Pleasants Valley Rd is a gorgeous stretch of flat road that begins along Vaca Valley through the rich farmlands and orchards with fantastic views of the Vaca Mountains.

The rolling climbs take you through the valley with horse and cattle ranches, farms and nurseries.

Pleasants Valley continues north towards Cantelow Rd.

The gentle rolling terrain continues through some horse ranches with paddocks to the pastoral lands with grazing cattle.

The road roughly follows Pleasants Creek through the open valley with several creek crossing through the orchards and green grasslands.

Head NE on Putah Creek Rd with views of the blue waters of Lake Solano and Putah Creek.

The flat terrain rolls through the vast fruit and nut orchards around east Yolo County.

Cross Putah Creek on Railroad Ave into the town of Winters.

Stop at Lester Farms Bakery.

Head west on CA-128, the flat road leads you out of town through the orchards and vineyards to the junction at Pleasants Valley Rd with wonderful views of the ridges along Vaca Mountains.

Go straight and continue on CA-128 W; the rolling terrain follows the curvatures of Putah Creek along the edge of Yolo County for 4.7 gentle miles towards Canyon Creek Resort with great views of the mountain ridges.

The road enters into Napa County as it crosses over Putah Creek for the climb up to Monticello Dam; it’s 0.7 mile with gradient ranges of 6-8%.

CA-128 continues on rolling terrain through Markley Canyon with splendid views of Lake Berryessa and its surrounding mountains!

The road drops down to Markley Cove followed by a climb up Cardiac Hill.

Cardiac Hill kicks up for about 1.5 miles through Marley Canyon with grades of  7-10%. The road winds its way up to the gap and tops off around the bend when you see the trailer house with the American flag.

CA-128 drops down towards Wragg Canyon and continues on rolling terrain through the woodlands and hills around the Vaca Mountains.

The road opens up to the valley floor towards Moskowite Corner.

Stay on CA-128 for a stop at Moskowite Corner. The Berryessa Market is CLOSED. The only place to get water is from a spigot located across the street at the Lake Berryessa Community Church.

Head south on CA-121, the rolling terrain takes you 3.2 miles through the woodlands along Capell Creek with gentle grades up to the hilltop community off Circle Oaks Dr.

The road continues up to the summit at the cattle ranch near Waters Rd; it’s 0.6 mile with an average grade of 6%.

The twisty descent on CA-121 drops down to the junction at Wooden Valley Rd with gorgeous views of the vineayrds around Wooden Valley!

Turn left at the junction and continue south on Wooden Valley Rd through the gorgeous vineyards along the valley floor.

Wooden Valley steadily winds along the valley through the ranch lands and vineyards with beautiful hillside views.

The road leads you back to into Solano County as it name changes to Suisun Valley Rd. Continue south through the wineries and vineyards along Suisun Valley to Ledgewood Rd.

Ledgewood Rd cuts across the valley to Mankas Corner Rd.

Meander  through the Fairfield residential neighborhoods on Waterman Blvd and Hilborn Rd.

Lyon Rd leads you out of town and drops down along I-80 for a climb back over into Vacaville.

Cross I-80 on Cherry Glen Rd and stroll through Lagoon Valley Park for the return to Pena Adobe.

This is a wonderful ride through the scenic Vaca Valley out to Winters and Monticello Dam. You’ll enjoy the remote country back roads along the beautiful canyons and the rolling stretch through the gorgeous vineyards along Wooden Valley and Suisun Valley!

Garmin Stats:
64.41 Miles with 2825′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 927′
Max grade: 9%
Terrain: Flat-rolling with a few low hills

Weather: Sunny and warm with partial clouds. Temps ranged from the low 60’s to the low 70’s with SW winds.

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Monticello Wooden Valley

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