View Full Version : Driving Roads. Nor Cal

The Platypus
01-11-2012, 09:59 PM
Post your favorite roads.
So Cal has one, so I thought we should too.

Personally, I really like Marsh Creek road and everything connected to it on the sides.
Bear Creek road is nice, and I also enjoy Alhambra Valley road quite often.

01-11-2012, 10:24 PM
The 25 from Hollister to the 198, and the 198 from Coalinga to the 101. The 2 best roads I know, nothing but epic twistys. I hit them up every year I drive up to Laguna Seca...takes longer but worth it!

01-12-2012, 02:28 AM
Ice house Road Near Placerville. Highway 49. The road to Stumpy Meadows Lake.

01-13-2012, 07:23 PM
HWY 9, just watch out for bikers

01-15-2012, 03:47 PM
In napa county, dry creek road to oakville grade. 18% down grade. Your brakes need to be charp.

01-15-2012, 11:03 PM
Hwy 36 - Red Bluff to Fortuna. 150 miles of bitchin'ness.
Briceland/Shelter Cove Road - 101 to Shelter Cove. You'll probably not meet a car for all 40 miles.
Grayback Road - Happy Camp, CA to O'Brian Oregon. 35 miles. Don't wreck or break down.... Banjos music out here.

01-16-2012, 06:49 PM
Hwy 36 - Red Bluff to Fortuna. 150 miles of bitchin'ness.This!
It just keeps going and going and going.

01-22-2012, 05:39 PM
Salmon Falls Rd to Hwy 49 from El Dorado Hills to Auburn. As you progress north the road gets harder. Watch out for the 49 section, it has some insane downhill hairpins.


Hwy 128 to 121 from Sac/Davis/Winters to Napa via Lake Berryessa. Considerable traffic during commute hours; better at night or early morning.


Hwy 33 from US101 (LA) through Ojai up to Lockwood Valley Road. Very nice pavement; wide open road; very little commuter traffic.

Edit: this isn't NorCal. Still, though - it's good.


02-07-2012, 06:26 PM
Some of my favorites in Gilroy would be Hecker Pass (152 HWY West) towards Watsonville and Canada Road. Other than that, I've done Highway 9 to Skyline in the middle of the night

02-20-2012, 10:18 AM
Hey Double Yellow, we often go to Napa for coffee on Sunday mornings. We stop at the Soda Canyon Store on Silverado Boulevard, then head north to SR128 once more for the return. We leave early (8:00 or 8:30 from the Chevron in Winters) to avoid traffic. Like this...


08-25-2013, 07:18 PM
My favorite is Redwood RD in Castro Valley to Moraga. You see a lot of sport bikes at Redwood because it's smooth, but they can't hang with the cars at pinehurst because its too tight and rough.

This route is good for bikes and cars.
http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu129/MR2SW21/redwoodlooped_zps97839764.png (http://s640.photobucket.com/user/MR2SW21/media/redwoodlooped_zps97839764.png.html)

08-25-2013, 07:57 PM
that is a perfect route. A round way trip with different scenery. Not a down and back kind of thing.

08-27-2013, 08:20 PM
I can't wait to track my car.

10-30-2013, 08:04 AM
Anyone up for one of these runs in the near future before it gets cold?:frantic:

11-09-2013, 08:32 AM
The Santa Cruz mountains to half moon bay. Lots of good highways out there: hwy 9 in Saratoga, highway 35, highway 84 front and back sides, etc.

I too love redwood rd in Castro valley and head off through grizzled peak into the Berkeley hills.

11-09-2013, 03:38 PM
That's the sad thing about Vacaville, there's no canyons. I definitely miss Redwood rd in CV. It's been 3-4 years since I ran grizzly peak but it's nice as well.

11-14-2013, 07:21 PM
Driving Woodside Rd - La Honda Rd is always a nice drive.

11-15-2013, 04:02 AM
^ I haven't been there in a while, but it's a great place. A lot of people use to run that place at night over the weekends.