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Your experience riding up into Ramona via the 67 from Poway

Old 11-09-15, 06:01 PM
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Your experience riding up into Ramona via the 67 from Poway

I have been wanting to ride up into Ramona via the 67 from Scripps Poway Parkway.

What have your experiences been on this road? Is there a better time to ride it or is traffic always there?

How's the climb itself? I ride up the Purple Monster to the 67 during my lunch breaks at work. How would you say it compares to that?
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there's a decent shoulder along the length of scripps-poway parkway all the way to ramona.
high speed traffic but i wouldn't safe it's unsafe as long as you're used to riding higher speed streets nearby like pomerado or miramar.
once you've gotten to highway 67, you've done a vast majority of the climbing to ramona.
the climb up scripps poway parkway is a steady grind but surprisingly scenic and a good one to alternate standing/sitting.

tons of commuter traffic heading out of ramona in the mornings until 9am and tons headed back in starting around 2pm. since the shoulders both sides of road are good, it's not really a problem for cyclists but you asked.

and what, pray tell, is the purple monster?

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I've done it several times both ways on Scripps Parkway - lots of room for bicycles and always felt pretty comfortable. 67 into Ramona is also OK but not quite as much shoulder room. I was more aware of the cars on 67.

A great way back to Scripps Parkway at I-15 (or anywhere in that area) is to take Highland Valley Rd west off 67 13 miles to Pomarado Rd (just East of I-15) and then ride south on Pomarado 8.5 miles to Scripps Poway Parkway. Highland Valley is great scenery and a lot of twisty-narrow-up&down roads that are fun to ride.

Is the "Purple Monster" S4/Poway Rd? If so - Scripps Parkway is much-much easier and more pleasant. Poway Rd scares me in some of the narrow corners above Esposa and below Mina de Oro.

If you want to start from Poway - Did you know you can get onto Scripps Poway Parkway where it crosses Sycamore Canyon Rd? Just ride up the dirt access road you see on the right after you cross under Scripps Parkway on Sycamore Canyon when righting south from Poway. At the top of that 20-yard dirt road you can then enter the eastbound bike lane and head on up Scripps Poway Rd.

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This is the purple monster:
https://www.strava.com/segments/5808...ll&gender=both

Scripps Poway has a nice shoulder. The 67 has a decent shoulder but is often full of rocks/sand
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i don't remember it being 7% ave grade
but if strava sez it, must be true. that said,
it's the easiest way up to ramona from the west
or south
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It's not bad, but just in case you're already riding south to catch Scripps Pkwy from Rancho Bernardo area, check out Highland Valley Road to Ramona. It's a sweet silly-string road that is lightly-traveled and has a couple of little steep sections. It's really beautiful--one of my favorite rides in the area. Orange & avocado groves, horse properties, weird boulder outcroppings in the middle of the prairie, and a few wineries popping up along it too.

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Thanks everybody for the feedback. I actually drove the route the other day to check it out and I would like to tackle it in the next month.

I was a bit curious about Highland Valley Rd though. I am not used to those small narrow roads. I only saw two other cars on that road while I drove it but was wondering if people like to take those bends fast or not.

Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by davidv39
Thanks everybody for the feedback. I actually drove the route the other day to check it out and I would like to tackle it in the next month.

I was a bit curious about Highland Valley Rd though. I am not used to those small narrow roads. I only saw two other cars on that road while I drove it but was wondering if people like to take those bends fast or not.

Thanks again!
prepare for the worst, hope for the best. a good rear blinking taillight doesn't hurt. i would recommend heading east to west on highland valley (ramona to escondido/rancho bernardo)
the first time you ride it. the hardest uphill stretches are heading west to east and close to the start on the west end.
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