Central Valley Ramble-Woodward Reservoir

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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This flat ride meanders around the scenic San Joaquin County backroads along the vineyards, fruit and nut orchards, the cattle grazing pasturelands and agricultural farmlands in the Central Valley from Stockton out to the beautiful Woodward Reservoir in Stanislaus County.

Begin this ride from Sandman Park in Stockton.

Exit the residential neighborhood on Waudman Ave and Don Ave to Wagner Heights and Thornton Rd. Head NE along Bear Creek Trail to Eight Mile Rd.

Continue eastward on Eight Mile Rd for the next 6.7 miles, it leads you out of town over Hwy 99 to the valley orchards.

Turn right onto Alpine Rd, it travels 6.7 miles south through the beautiful cherry and walnut orchards and open valley farmlands.

Copperopolis Rd turns east across the valley through a small country community amid the orchards and farmlands.

Head south on S Jack Tone Rd, it continues through the expansive valley orchards and hay fields to the town of Collegeville.

Turn right on Mariposa Rd, it travels southeasterly for the next 6.6 miles through must of the same valley landscape of orchards, farmlands, and vineyards to the cattle feed lots.

Continue east on Dodds Rd, it rolls across the scenic valley floor for 8.8 miles. Enjoy the country landscape!

Head south on 26 Mile Rd, it winds along the grasslands and orchards to the Woodward Reservoir entrance.

Turn left to the park entrance and follow the signs towards the camping and picnic areas.

The road goes along the shoreline with wonderful views of the reservoir.

Stop at Heron Point and enjoy the beautiful views!

Exit the park and continue south on 26 Miles Rd.

Head west on Hinds Rd, it rolls through the orchards and cattle ranches.

Lambuth Ave and Schultz Rd takes you through the scattered country ranches and homes around the town of Valley Home.

Valley Home Rd turns north as it leads out of town before name changing to Cometa Rd.

Continue north on S Henry Rd through the open grazing pasturelands, orchards, and vineyards.

E Sonora Rd turns west along the valley to the Hwy 4 junction.

Head east on Hwy 4 through the town of Farmington.

Turn right on S Hewitt Rd, it turns northerly through the cattle ranches and orchards to N Fine Rd.

N Fine continues north across the scenic valley vineyards, farmlands, and ranches.

The route wiggles through the orchards on E Comstock and Clements to the open grazing pastures and rangelands around E Messick Rd.

Duncan Rd turns northerly through the vineyards along the Calaveras River.

The road name changes to Eight Mile Rd as it continues west for the return into Stockton. Retrace the route back along Bear Creek Trail and Thornton to Sandman Park.

This is a great flat meandering ride around the rich fertile Central Valley with a stop at the beautiul Woodward Reservoir!

Garmin Stats:
89.82 Miles with 581′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 245′
Max grade: 5%
Terrain: Flat

Weather: Mostly sunny and warm. Temps ranged from the high 50’s to the mid 70’s with NW winds.

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