Yolo: Sacramento Valley-Sutter Basin-Sacramento River Ramble

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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This route heads north from Woodland for a scenic flat ride through the rich agricultural farmlands along the Sutter Basin south of the Sutter Buttes. The return south travels through the beautiful vineyards and orchards east of the Sacramento River.

Exit Pioneer Park and head east on Gibson Rd.

Turn left on Co Rd 102, the road travels north out of Woodland as it crosses over I-5 to the open farmlands and orchards.

Head east on Co Rd 16, the road continues through the agricultural fields as it crosses over the canal to the Yolo county line.

At the T-junction, turn left to stay on Co Rd 16. It turns northwards as it rolls along the west side of the Sacramento River.

The road name changes to Co Rd 116B as it continues across the vast farmlands to Knights Landing.

Head north on Hwy 113 N, the road rolls through the center of town before crossing over the Sacramento River into Sutter county.

Turn right on Knights Rd to Ensley.

Continue east on Ensley Rd, it rolls across the fields and orchards at the southerly end of the Sutter Basin to Reclamation Rd. The Sutter Basin is a natural overflow area incorporated into the flood control project as a bypass. Water enters the Basin through overbank flow along the east bank of the upper Sacramento River, and through two fixed weirs, Moulton Weir and Colusa Weir. The Sutter Basin empties into the Sutter Bypass, a wide flood channel that carries excess Sacramento River flood water parallel to the River down to the confluence of the Feather and Sacramento Rivers. *1

Turn left on Reclamation Rd, it travels northerly for 4.7 miles through the farmlands along the canal from Ensley up to Robbins.

The slight jog on Del Monte Ave and Hwy 113 leads you back onto Reclamation Rd. The road continues  along the Sutter Basin for another 13.1 miles through the open farmlands towards the Tisdale Weir overpass (a floodwater bypass from the Sacramento River that floods once a year).

Reclamation Rd crosses over Tisdale-By-Pass as it continues north through the expansive fields with distant views of the Sutter Buttes. The volcanic spires of the Sutter Buttes tower 2,000 feet above the farms and fields of California’s Great Valley, just 50 miles north-northwest of Sacramento and 11 miles northwest of Yuba City. The only volcano within the valley, the Buttes consist of a central core of volcanic domes surrounded by a large apron of fragmental volcanic debris. Eruptions at the Sutter Buttes occurred in early Pleistocene time, 1.6 to 1.4 million years ago. The Sutter Buttes are not part of the Cascade Range of volcanoes to the north but instead are related to the volcanoes in the Coast Ranges to the west in the vicinity of Clear Lake, Napa Valley, and Sonoma Valley. *2

The road comes to a junction at Progress Rd, continue north on Progress. The road runs through the agricultural fields at the foothill of the Sutter Buttes.

Progress Rd name changes to McGarth Rd and Moroni Rd as it turns westward through the farmlands with grand views of the Sutter Buttes!

At the T-junction, turn left onto S Meridian Rd. The levee road travels southward through the orchards, ranches, and waterfront homes along the east side of the Sacramento River.

Stop at Winship School.

Stay on S Meridian Rd to Garmire Rd. Garmire continues south through the farmlands before crossing over Tisdale-By-Pass.

The road name changes to Cranmore Rd as it stays 21.5 miles along the east side of the river through the agricultural fields and ranches around the Sutter Basin.

Cranmore Rd continues south through the nut orchards and farmlands along the river.

The road winds along the river to Hwy 113 with expansive views of the fertile Sacramento Valley.

Return on Hwy 113 through Knights Landing.

Stay on Hwy 113 as it continues southwest towards Woodland through the valley farmlands and orchards.

Ride through the industrial side of town to the residential neighborhoods from Churchhill Downs Ave and N Pioneer Ave to Farnham Ave and Branigan Ave.

This scenic flat ride meanders through the rich fertile agricultural farmlands around the Sacramento Valley and Sutter Basin area below the Sutter Buttes. You’ll enjoy the fabulous views of the “smallest mountain range in the world” and the quiet back roads with minimal to no traffic!

*1 http://www.water.ca.gov/newsroom/docs/WeirsBypassesFloodTermsRiverSystems.pdf

*2 https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2011/3024/fs2011-3024.pdf

Garmin Stats:
91.9 Miles with 348′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 129′
Max grade: 6%
Terrain: Flat

Weather: Sunny and HOT! Temps ranged from the mid 60’s to the mid 90’s with NE > SW winds.

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