Palomares

Route Description

Palomares is a longer version of Dublin Canyon fruitstand with one additional climb and 15-20 additional miles. With the exception of the steep Palomares climb (and the ever present climbs in and out of Berkeley), this ride is fairly flat. It departs the fruitstand route at Dublin Canyon and heads south along Palomares almost all the way to Fremont. From there, it’s a long flat trek northward along Foothill Rd. which becomes San Ramon Valley Rd. The return options are the same as fruistand. On this map, we return via Orindawoods.

Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 84.15 miles
Difficulty: Moderate-Hard
Climbing: 6603 feet

Directions

Mile 0.00 – Sproul Plaza to Tunnel Road.
Mile 11.51 – Turn left at light on Joaquin Miller.
Mile 12.11 – Turn left on Redwood Rd. There is a long gradual descent into the forest.
Mile 14.40 – Go past the intersection with Pinehurst. There is a climb and a fast descent.
Mile 23.74 – You will eventually go over a small hump into Castro Valley. Turn left on Heyer Ave.
Mile 24.49 – Turn right on Center St. This is where the Dublin Canyon route diverges from the Crow Canyon route.
Mile 25.18 – Turn left at light onto Castro Valley Rd. Head up small incline and then under freeway overpass.
Mile 27.23 – Turn right on Palo Verde.
Mile 27.59 – Turn right on Palomares Rd. Here we depart from the fruistand road and enter one of the gems of the East Bay. The next 10 miles are peaceful and isolated, second only to Morgan Territory. Palomares climbs gently into the woods before it pitches up steeply for the last 1.5 miles. The wooded descent on the other side is fast and technical, lots of fun!
Mile 37.28 – Carefully turn left onto Niles Canyon Rd. This is a busy road, so watch out for cars and stick to the shoulder. There is usually a tailwind on this strech so you won’t notice the slight uphill.
Mile 41.48 – Once in Sunol, exit Niles Canyon Rd. and cross under (or is it over?) the road to Kilkara Rd. You’ll know this is the right place if you immediately cross some train tracks and then are able to take a right onto Foothill Rd. This road is mostly flat and it goes all the way North. Turn on cruise control and rejoin these directions at fruitstand.
Mile 55.95 – Fruit stand! From here on out, the directions are the return route from fruitstand.
Mile 59.25 – Bear left on Hartz through the center of Danville.
Mile 64.35 – At the end of the long straight section, head straight at the light (instead of turning right under the freeway).
Mile 64.60 – Turn left on Castle Hill Rd.
Mile 64.98 – Turn right on Lilac Dr. This is an easy turn to miss.
Mile 65.50 – Turn left on Newell Ave.
Mile 65.80 – Turn left on Olympic Blvd. This should look familiar as rides often come out this way. Olympic Blvd. is the bar in the dumbbell of many longer rides, so there are many ways back from here. Everyone has a favorite.
Mile 67.75 – When you reach the T-intersection, go straight onto the bike path.
Mile 68.15 – Turn right off the bike path at the first opportunity, then left onto Olympic Blvd.
Mile 68.80 – Turn right on Second St. then left ahead on Mt. Diablo Blvd. The ride through Lafayette sucks.
Mile 70.70 – Bear right onto El Nido Ranch Rd. for the Orindawoods return.
Mile 72.56 – After a short steep pitch, turn left onto Orindawoods Dr. for the descent into Ordina.
Mile 73.71 – Turn right onto El Camino Pablo.
Mile 75.72 – Turn left on Wildcat Canyon for the climb back to Berkeley. This is another killer at the end of a long day.
Mile 81.54 – Head left at the 5-way intersection to descend via Euclid.