Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cycling in Healdsburg: the Geysers



Climbing above the valley fog on Geysers Road

Dan and I headed out to Healdsburg in Sonoma County for some riding this weekend. Our target: the Geysers.

On the first climb

Vineyards way up on the hill
I've ridden this loop before, but not since my crash. It features a hard climb in three bits, topping out at about 2700 vertical feet, then a glorious lengthy descent that somehow adds another 1000 feet or so of climbing. It's rugged and remote, with extremely limited car traffic. Wonderful views all around: the Alexander valley on the first climb, the remote Mayacamas Mountains in the middle bit, and the Sulfur Creek canyon at the end.  Detailed route information and profile are here.  We did the route from south to north.

Cattle ranches near the first "summit' of Geysers Road


Looking back on Geysers Road after the ripping descent from the second "summit"

The road becomes rough and often single-laned in the second part of the descent. Really fun, but watch out for the potholes!

Historic bridge that crosses Sulfur Creek

Wonderful rough rural road runs along Sulfur Creek. Often one-laned, the road includes several gravel sections. Super scenic!

Yes, the creek is really this weird green color. The white stuff is sulfur
After a snack and water break in Cloverdale, we looped back to Healdsburg via Asti Road, Theresa Drive, Dutcher Creek Road then Dry Creek Road back to town. What an awesome ride.
Stats:
53 miles
4200 feet of climbing

5 comments:

djconnel said...

Nice!!!

C.Holmes said...

Yay, you went!

NadiaMac said...

Thanks to Christine for the inspiration for this trip! The ride was amazing!

ladyfleur said...

This might be a good climb for the "Peak of the Month" series. Thanks for posting the pics and route.

NadiaMac said...

It would be a great peak of the month (or two false summits and a subtle peak of the month). It's a great ride, take lots of water if it is a hot day- I had thee bottles