Thursday, April 6, 2017
Day 6: Solvang-Paso Robles Spring Destinations
This beautiful ride heads west for a scenic loop around Paso Robles‘ back road wineries & vineyards and olive farms along the shaded canyons and quiet country roads on Adelaida and Vineyard to Willow Creek and Peachy Canyon. The route includes a stop at Justin Winery on Chimney Rock Rd.
Exit town on Vine St up to 24th St.
Continue onto Nacimiento Lake Dr; the flat rolling terrain goes past horse ranches, nut orchards and country homes towards Jardine Ranch.
Adelaida Rd runs west of Hwy 101; the first few miles rolls along the hidden wineries up to Mt Olive Organic Farm with an average grade of 4%.
The road opens up to views of the rolling hillside vineyards and olive groves at Wild Coyote Winery and B & B. Adelaida continues on with an average grade of 4% through the open farm lands and nut orchards for another 0.8 miles up to the back ridge.
The road pitches up with steep 9-11% grades towards the top with gorgeous valley views.
The descent from the ridge leads to a 1.5-mile climb up to the summit at Adelaida Cellars.
Adelaida Rd gently descends down into the beautiful valley through nut orchards, rural ranches, wineries and vineyards and country estate homes.
At the intersection of Vineyard Dr, go straight to stay on Adelaida Rd. It continues northwesterly as it drops down past Tablas Creek Vineyard followed by a climb up along the hillside vines.
The road continues on rolling terrain through the old Adelaida townsite and the Adelaida Cemetery to the junction at Chimney Rock Rd.
Turn left onto Chimney Rock Rd, the road winds around the upper meadows and rolling vineyards for a gentle climb up to Justin Vineyards & Winery.
Stop at Justin Vineyards & Winery.
Turn around and retrace the route on Chimney Rock Rd to Adelaida Rd.
Return on Adelaida Rd to Vineyard Dr.
The turn onto Vineyard Rd heads south on rolling terrain under a canopy of trees towards the wineries and vineyards to the olive groves at Pasolivo Olive Oil.
The rolling terrain on Vineyard continues along the gorgeous wine country with open green hills and ranches to the intersection of Peachy Canyon Rd.
Stay on Vineyard, it travels for another 4 miles on flat-gentle rolling terrain along the wine trail.
Head north on Willow Creek Rd through a rural community with lovely farmhouses, ranches, and old barns.
The road continues gently up through the canyon under a canopy of trees to the open ranch lands, orchards and valley vineyards.
Willow Creek continues through the scattered oak woodland along the estate wineries and vineyards to the junction at Peachy Canyon Rd.
Turn right onto Peachy Canyon Rd; the road heads east with a gentle climb up towards the nut orchards and ranch lands.
The road gentle winds its way along the canyon under a canopy of trees to Villa Creek Cellars.
Peachy Canyon climbs up 1.2 miles to Kiler Canyon Rd with an average grade of 5%.
Peachy Canyon descends 4.3 miles along the back side of the canyon through the beautiful wineries and vineyards to the hillside orchards with fantastic valley views!
The road comes to another short 0.4-mile climb with an average grade of 7.8% and steeper pitches of 9-10%. The road quickly drops down the canyon for the next climb.
The last climb up to the summit begins at the left switch back at Paderewski Vineyard; it’s 0.3 mile with gradient ranges of 8-11%. Peachy Canyon quickly drops down from the canyon to the city streets of Paso Robles on Pacific Ave to Olive and 10th St for the return to the park.
This is a scenic ride along the wine trails north of 46 and west of 101; it’s a wonderful way to take in the beauty of the lush rolling hills and quiet canyons. You’ll surely enjoy the peaceful country back roads with minimal to no traffic. This is a great route to cap off a cycling week around the gorgeous Central Coast!
42.85 Miles with 4078′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1740′
Max grade: 11%
Terrain: Very hilly with steep climbs
Weather: Mostly cloudy with some light afternoon sprinkles. Temps ranged from the low 50’s to the low 60’s with NE winds.
Follow this route for today’s ride: