Distance: 50 miles out and back
Elevation gain: 8000 ft
(Note: all Boonville rides are made better if you can do them during the Mendocino County Fair, a classic old-school rural fair of great charm.)
This is one of seven rides (all detailed in the Adding Miles section below) that are worth doing around Boonville, a charming little town with good food and an interesting history, so I encourage you to find a place to stay in the area, make a cycling holiday out of it, and do all of them.
This ride is tough. It may be one of the two hardest climbs in Bestrides (the other being Gilbraltar Road). And the road surface is mostly shaky. And there are only two rather ordinary “views,” despite the road’s name—the rest of the time, all you can see is the greenery on either side of the road. The scenery is typical coastal forest—no better, no worse. So it’s mostly about bragging rights, the sense of adventure, and the two charming towns at either end. Philo-Greenwood Road just to the north is easier and prettier and has a better surface. Continue reading