Page Contributor(s): Mike Persellin, Minneapolis, MN, USA
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Cycling Old La Honda Road, California from the west side.
Ride 3.3 miles gaining 1,307’ at 7.5% average grade.
This is a very peaceful climb which is referred to by locals as the premiere climb of the Peninsula, and rightly so. The climb is challenging, but with a very consistent grade. I kept a close eye on my Garmin the entire climb and only a couple times did it briefly register 10% (a few seconds at 11% once). The steepest quarter mile is 8.8% and comes in the middle of the climb.
A beautiful ride at the northern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The climb begins at the intersection of Portola Road and Old La Honda Road.
We are surrounded (and covered) much of the climb by redwood trees.
Finish at Skyline Blvd
This is also the finish for Old La Honda Road West.
1.6 miles down Skyline Boulevard (north) at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and La Honda Road (Highway 84) you have the option of Skywood Deli or the extreme favorite and highly ranked, but reasonably priced Alice’s Restaurant.