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Old 08-05-23, 02:08 PM
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Gravel biking around Sonoma

Anybody live in the Sonoma area and care to share any gravel-ish routes they enjoy? We may be relocating up north this year from LA, will be scouting different areas. Years ago, my family lived near Boyes Hot Springs, but this was long before I got into cycling. I just remember it being pretty flat. I can always drive to trailheads, but curious how the riding is door to door in the Sonoma area.
When visiting NorCal lately, I've done some riding in Annadel in Santa Rosa and that was great, and of course there's excellent riding around Marin. I'm used to SoCal "gravel" riding, y'know, dust, dirt and rocks that go straight up
Gravel map and MTB Project don't show anything right around Sonoma, same with rides I find in Ride with GPS. It's all pretty much paved--is it just roadie territory around there?

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Check Gravel Map for Sonoma. Good luck, I have bupkis near me.
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In West County- look up: Willow Creek Rd., Islands in The Sky, Old Cazadero Rd. Some of our paved roads have stretches that lend themselves to "gravel bikes/tires" (King Ridge, Ft. Ross, Skaggs...).

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Originally Posted by djkashuba
In West County- look up: Willow Creek Rd., Islands in The Sky, Old Cazadero Rd. Some of our paved roads have stretches that lend themselves to "gravel bikes/tires" (King Ridge, Ft. Ross, Skaggs...).

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Excellent--thanks. I used to go surf up there back when I lived in Marin (before my cycling days). Love the north coast. Excited to explore it by bike.

Looks like for riding in Sonoma proper (like Sonoma City) we're looking at pavement mostly (until you get more west), but it's not too far from where I used to live in Boyes Hot Springs to ride up to Annadel for some dirt.
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Are you familiar with Henry Wildeberry's YouTube channel?; he lives in Sonoma and does a lot of riding. He and Ms. Cools are more randonneurs, so their rides can run 100 miles or more; but anyway, he posts his routes on Strava. If it helps, some of those roads are pretty remote and have little to no traffic.

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