Iron Horse Trail-San Ramon Valley-Sycamore Valley

Saturday, January 14, 2017

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This flat ride heads south on the Iron  Horse Trail from  Pacheco to Walnut Creek. It continues through San Ramon Valley on Danville Blvd before turning eastward on Sycamore Valley and Camino Tassajara towards Blackhawk. The return north includes an easy jaunt along the Contra Costa Canal Trail.

Begin this ride from Holiday Highlands Park and head east on Arnold Dr, the gentle roller coaster climbs drops down to the edge of town to Pacheco Blvd.

Continue east on Blum and Imhoff Dr, the roads travels through the industrial areas along the outskirts of Concord with views of Mt Diablo and the waterway along Walnut Creek. Cross under Hwy 4 on Solano Way to Marsh Dr.

Get onto the Iron Horse Trail, it meanders along the east side of the creek to the steel bridge at Concord Ave.

The trail crosses over the waterway and turns back under the roadway as it continues south along the west side of the creek.

The Iron Horse Trail cuts underneath Willow Pass Rd and Hwy 242 before exiting onto the sidewalk on Monument Blvd.

The access trail continues south through Pleasant Hill to the residential/transit apartments near Pleasant Hill BART.

The Iron Horse Trail crosses over Treat and Ygnacio Blvds on the pedestrian/bike bridges into Walnut Creek.

Continue on S Broadway and Rudgear Rd to Danville Blvd.

The flats on Danville Blvd rolls through San Ramon Valley from Walnut Creek out to Danville. It continues through the downtown area on Front St to Hartz Way and meanders along the residential neighborhoods around Laurel Dr to Brookside.

The turn on Sycamore Valley Rd to Camino Tassajara takes you east through the suburban neighborhoods along Sycamore Valley to the turnaround point at Tassajara Crossing Shopping Plaza in Danville.

Retrace your way back through Sycamore Valley to San Ramon Valley and return along the Iron Horse Trail towards Walden Park.

Continue north on the Contra Costa Canal Trail, it meanders through Pleasant Hill to Martinez.

Take Morello Ave and take the multi-use paths through Hidden Lakes Park to Center and Glacier. Drop down Arnold Dr for the reurn to Holiday Highlands Park.

This urban route is a just enough to keep your legs spinning on these sunny cool winter days. There are plenty of places along the ride to stop for a quick coffee/tea and snacks.

Garmin Stats:
44.51 Miles with 1188′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 612′
Max grade: 6%
Terrain: Flat-rolling

Weather: Sunny and cool. Temps ranged from the low to high 50’s with NE winds.

View the interactive RGPS route map & profile

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