Wednesday, July 20, 2016
This scenic ride goes along the Napa River on the Napa Valley Vine Trail before meandering around the residential neighborhoods and vineyards. The route includes an out & back climb up Atlas Peak before dropping down into Napa Valley onto Silverado Trail for a stroll through the art sculptures in Yountville.
Begin this ride from Fuller Park in Napa.
Head north on Jefferson St and turn right onto 3rd St towards Main St.
At Soscal Ave, make a right turn onto the sidewalk and follow the paved path through the Napa Riverfront Green to the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
Enjoy the scenic views!
The Napa Valley Vine Trail meanders south along the east side of the Napa River to Kennedy Park.
The trail exits onto Streblow Dr, it turns eastward between Napa Valley College and Napa Golf Course.
Turn left at Hwy 221 to Imola Ave.
Head east on Imola Ave, the road travels through a residential neighborhood along Napa State Hospital towards Skyline Wilderness Park.
Jog around the scenic vineyards and ranches on 4th St to Coombville Rd.
Continue on 3rd Ave, it leads you out through the beautiful valley vineyards with views of the Vaca Mountains to the east.
Take Hagen Rd and Vichy Ave to the T junction at Hwy 121.
Head north on Atlas Peak Rd; it winds up 9.3 miles through the residential country estates and mountain vineyards of the Atlas Peak Appellation Area. The peak juts out of the Vaca Mountain Range and is the highest point in the region at 2263′ above sea level.
The road begins on flat terrain for the first two miles, it rolls past the Silverado Resort & Spa out to the fairways.
At Westgate Rd, the road tilts up for a climb through the hillside homes with grades of 6-9%.
The road continues uphill past the eucalyptus stands at Bubbling Well Pet Memorial Park.
Enjoy the gorgeous valley views!
The climb continues along the back side towards the hilltop wineries and vineyards.
The road levels out for a stretch through the upper valley grasslands.
It continues on gentle rolling terrain followed by a climb up to the hilltop vineyards at the next high point.
Atlas Peak Rd drops down for about half a mile to Foss Valley at the S Ranch and changes from a two lane road to a single lane.
The narrow road winds uphill with steep grades of 9-14% to the mountain vineyards.
The steep grades continues under a gorgeous canopy of trees as it heads further up the mountain with views of the hillside vineyards.
The road snakes it way up through the woodland before coming to a dead end in front of a gated residential area.
Turn around and descend Atlas Peak Rd, the bumpy road leads back down to Foss Valley.
The short climb out of the valley takes you back around the ridge before dropping back down past the golf course to Hardman Rd.
Hardman Rd leads out to Napa Valley onto Silverado Trail.
Continue north through the gorgeous Napa Valley estate wineries and vineyards on Silverado Trail.
Cut across the valley on Yountville Cross Rd to the town of Yountville.
Meander through town on Washington St.
Slow down and check out some of the art sculptures.
Exit Yountville on California St to Solano Ave and get onto the Napa Valley Vine Trail. The new trail runs parallel between Solano Ave and Hwy 29.
Cross Hwy 29 at Oak Knoll Rd, the road cuts through the scenic valley vineyards to Big Ranch Rd.
Head south along the valley on Big Ranch Rd for the next mile.
Enjoy the art sculptures at Blackbird Vineyards.
Cut across the valley vineyards on Salvador Ave and return on Jefferson St back to Fuller Park.
This is a fantastic ride with scenic views of Napa River and a quiet climb up the less traveled road to Atlas Peak. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous Napa Valley views and the beautiful art sculptures in Yountville!
53.8 Miles with 3215′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 2059′
Max grade: 14%
Terrain: Flat-rolling, moderately hilly with steep climbs
Weather: Sunny and warm. Temps ranged from the high 50’s to the low 90’s with SW winds.
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