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    Sierra Road questions

    Visiting from SoCal. Whats the best way to get from the Sunol train station to Sierra Road. and may be suggestions to make the ride a loop going back to Sunol. Thanks

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    Here you go. It's a loop I've ridden often, from near Sunol, over Calaveras, up Sierra Rd (or in my case, more than likely up the easier back side which is Felter Rd.) and back through lovely Fremont up Mission Blvd and back to Niles Canyon Rd. and Sunol.

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...ise-from-Niles

    This route starts at the Niles Staging Area near Mission Blvd and Niles Canyon Rd, however the Sunol Train Station is mile at 6.4

    This route as written takes you up Felter Rd. and down Sierra Rd. Sierra Rd. is a stinky descent, it's steep and windey so you have to be very cautious. (It's a stinky climb too but that's besides the point). Felter is a fun descent, with very few sharp turns to slow you down.

    If you want to go up Sierra and down Felter, then at mile 21.7 on the route sheet, where it says "left on Felter Rd. at the bottom of the wall", go right instead and continue down Calaveras Rd. Take a left at the intersection of Calaveras Rd. and Piedmont Rd, and continue on Piedmont Rd. until you reach Sierra Rd. Turn left and start climbing.

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    Do you want to climb to get there? Do you want to climb Sierra, or descend it? Do you need to start from the Sunol train station? There are a lot of city streets involved to get there to go up Sierra?
    Taking the road by the train station to the right (west):
    Merge onto Niles Canyon.
    Go through the canyon.
    Left on Mission.
    Left on Paseo Padre, becomes East Warren after a downhill going under the freeway.
    Left on Warm Springs.
    Left on Scott Creek, go under freeway.
    Right at Green Valley (stop sign).
    Left at next light, Jacklin/Evans. Becomes Piedmont.
    Follow that to past Cropley, left on Sierra.
    Bear left at Skyview Dr, stay on Sierra.
    Sierra will become Felter.
    While descending Felter, you pass Marsh Rd, then take right on Calaveras. (steep for short bit).
    Climb around on Calaveras. Stay on Calaveras, straight past sign to Sunol Park/Wilderness.
    Keep on same road under freeway to three way stop. Small "fruit stand" on your right.
    Go through stop sign and turn right just across bridge. Sunol school is there. Ride ahead and there's the train station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dchiefransom
    Do you want to climb to get there? Do you want to climb Sierra, or descend it? Do you need to start from the Sunol train station? There are a lot of city streets involved to get there to go up Sierra?
    Taking the road by the train station to the right (west):
    Merge onto Niles Canyon.
    Go through the canyon.
    Left on Mission.
    Left on Paseo Padre, becomes East Warren after a downhill going under the freeway.
    Left on Warm Springs.
    Left on Scott Creek, go under freeway.
    Right at Green Valley (stop sign).
    Left at next light, Jacklin/Evans. Becomes Piedmont.
    Follow that to past Cropley, left on Sierra.
    Bear left at Skyview Dr, stay on Sierra.
    Sierra will become Felter.
    While descending Felter, you pass Marsh Rd, then take right on Calaveras. (steep for short bit).
    Climb around on Calaveras. Stay on Calaveras, straight past sign to Sunol Park/Wilderness.
    Keep on same road under freeway to three way stop. Small "fruit stand" on your right.
    Go through stop sign and turn right just across bridge. Sunol school is there. Ride ahead and there's the train station.
    ... and if you are insane enough, you can do Welsh Creek, which is about 3 miles up, a god knows how many feet up. 3 miles of 15-18% grades ... straight up and back. Sierra is a piece of cake compared to that.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    thanks for the info....one more question. how long is the loop from sunol roundtrip

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    The the link that I gave you above is a nearly identical route to that Dchiefransom posted, but in reverse.

    The link shows the mileage.

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    you might also check to see the schedule of the local club rides that frequent this route. Chat with the ride leaders to see whats on the horizon and get specifics on routes.

    http://www.fremontfreewheelers.org/ridesThisMonth.html
    http://www.westernwheelers.org/main/...7/Apr_2007.htm
    http://www.pegasusbicycleworks.com/w...eadline_id=483
    http://www.ebcyclist.org/useful.htm

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    Thanks for the help guys. I'm hoping to make it this weekend or next week...but this happened

    Deja vu

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