As if you needed another reason to love the Sonoma Valley, being able to jump on a bike and take in the sights and smells of this place will just make you happy. Come along as I take you on one of my favorite bike rides in the valley, the Cavedale climb. I documented the ride a while back and thought I would share, I hope you like it too.
The beginning. A great place to meet up or just have a cup of coffee before you head out is one of my most favorite places, El Molino Central on Highway 12.
Making this turn onto Cavedale Road always makes me smile. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m excited about the climb ahead or the fact that I’m no longer riding on Highway 12. Probably a little of both.
I am just going to lay it out there. Cavedale Road is probably one of the most poorly maintained roads in the Sonoma Valley, pot holes would be an understatement for sure! But what the road lacks in maintenance it more than makes up for in natural beauty.
The climb isn’t ridiculous, but it is going to make you work for sure. Luckily along the way there are some great distractions to keep your mind off the burning sensation taking place in your legs. This old gate makes me smile every time I pass it.
And of course there is this. One of the rewards of this climb is being able to take in the beautiful Sonoma Valley views. This is looking down onto the southern edge of Glen Ellen.
As you wrap up the climb, the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department is a great place to stretch and top off your water bottles for the remainder of the ride back home. The hose bib is located just to the left of the roll up door and there is usually a tire repair kit stashed in the area if you need it.
With water bottles topped off and your legs feeling fresh, it’s decision time. Do you head right and go up over Trinity Road and down into Napa Valley or do you just head down Trinity Road to the valley floor and back home.
On this day, the decision is down to Glen Ellen and then back home. The downhill ride on Trinity is a fast long descent. It’s a great way to enjoy the thrill of speed, just watch for cars, deer and squirrels..:)
The entire bike ride is only about 30 miles, assuming you start and end from the Sonoma Plaza. Sonoma Valley is a beautiful place to see, especially from your bike! For a little reward, the patio at Hopmonk Tavern is always one of my favorite ways to finish off a fun bike ride.
Here is a Google map showing the route, starting and ending from the Sonoma Plaza.
If you like to ride and enjoy climbs, this is one you will love for sure! #havefun