Northern California - Folsom Ride Suggestions
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I know some of you live and ride out this way, so I'm hoping you can post or link to some routes you would suggest If I were to take some of my time upcoming December time off to ride out there.
I've found a few routes on RideWithGps, but maps and elevation charts don't have the human input. I'm looking for something to make a day, so 70-100miles and 5-10k climbing is in the wheelhouse.
thanks in advance!
Here are some of my routes:
Note that the local American River Bike Trail is used to fill in gaps that may be missing on loops. You ought to be able to put some interesting rides together with these maps.
When will you be in the area?
11-30-09, 01:20 PM
The Folsom Lake Loop is a good one to try. I usually add miles by turning down Rattlesnake Bar Rd (at the top of Salmon Falls Rd). It's an out-and-back and adds about 20 miles (and quite a bit of climbing). Another way to add mileage and climbing is to turn right on 49 and climb Prospector Grade, then ride to Gerogetown. Then take 193 back to Cool and resume the Lake Loop ride. With both options added, you're looking at about 100 miles and >10,000' of climbing.
These were some of my training grounds for my double centuries this year. I'll try to dig up some of my Garmin stats...
Edit: Check out my "100 miles of Hell" for the exact route. This was done in 105+ temps, hence my use of the word "hell"
And please ignore the total climbing. The Forerunner 305 is not very accurate.
11-30-09, 01:45 PM
Check your InBox. Lots of possibilities. Rydaddy's route is a good one too although you can still do it w/o going on Salmon Falls.
11-30-09, 02:51 PM
Yeah, there really are a TON of awesome rides in the area. I actually like Salmon Falls Road. Not a great option mid-day, but I'm usually there between 8-9am so the moto's aren't zipping through there yet.
11-30-09, 03:37 PM
Salmon Falls road is a FUN road to ride. The one time I rode it, cars gave us considerable space while we were climbing and everyone was cool. I always give lots of space and see other traffic doing the same when I'm headed out there with the MTB.
11-30-09, 05:53 PM
Maybe SF is OK in the off season, but I descended it a couple of times last summer, and the combination of boat trailers and semis scared the @#@#%# out of me. Teichert has aggregate pit out of Cool and there is a lot of road construction above 49, so the road is used a lot by big vehicles. Glad to know you are all safe and still upright.
I prefer Malcolm-Dixon, Green Valley, Deer Valley, Jurgens, and Luneman Roads to get me to Coloma, Then I can ride Prospector, Georgetown, etc w/o worrying about becoming roadkill
I did a nice ride out of Granite Bay yesterday: Barton to Wells to Val Verde to Horseshoe Bar and back on Auburn Folsom Rd. (Okay, actually I got lost, but still, it was a nice ride)
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