Napa: Carneros-Mt Veeder-Dry Creek

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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This ride goes through the gorgeous Carneros Region wineries and vineyards around Sonoma and Napa counties. It climbs up to the summit of Mt Veeder followed by a fun rolling descent along Dry Creek Rd.

Meetup at Ramal Rd/Hwy 12/121.

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Head south on Ramal Rd through the beautiful vineyards.

The road changes to Duhig Rd as it curves around the valley into Napa County.

Duhig tilts up for a short scenic climb through the rolling vineyards.

The road drops down onto Hwy 12/121; this is a high traffic area-cross with caution to Old Sonoma Rd!

Turn left on 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.

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.

Mt Veeder Rd begins at mile marker 3.21 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.

Mt Veeder summit-enjoy the views!

The descent on Mt Veeder Rd is on rough 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.

Keep an eye out for the dinosaurs!

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.

Stop at Browns Valley Market.

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.

The climb up Old Sonoma Rd takes you through the hillside vineyards along Carneros Valley to the turn onto Hwy 12/121.

The flat terrain on Los Carneros Rd continues through the wineries and vineyards around the Carneros Wine Region to South Ave.

Continue on Cuttings Wharf Rd to the rolling climbs on Las Amigas Rd.

Las Amigas Rd jogs along the gorgeous Sonoma Valley wineries and vineyards.

The turn on Duhig Rd leads back to Ramal Rd for the return to the parking area.

This is a beautiful ride through the Carneros Wine Region with a quiet climb up Mt Veeder. You’ll enjoy the quiet country back roads and the rolling descent on Dry Creek Rd into Napa Valley!

Garmin Stats:
49 Miles with 2949′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1367′
Max grade: 13%
Terrain: Moderately hilly with a steep climb

Weather: Sunny and warm. Temps ranged from the mid 60’s to the high 70’s with brisk SW winds.

View the interactive RGPS route map & profile

Mt Veeder

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4 Comments

  1. .People always ask me how we can drive all that way for a bike ride. Well, I think I could just send them your site and end the discussion.

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