Cycling Welch Creek Road
Ride 3.8 miles to elevation 2,233 gaining 2,021’ at 9.5%
This is a fairly remote East Bay climb that travels through the Sunol Regional Wilderness Area. We are on a one lane road the entire climb that has very little traffic on it. Most of the climb is through Coal Mine Canyon and has a canopy of tree coverage much of the way. There are no distant views along this climb other than briefly at the top. This ascent is an attraction for its challenging grade (particularly 1.2 miles from mile 1.7 which averages 14.2%). The roadway is single lane and has more the feel of a bike lane as it winds its way through the canyon to a locked gate where the road turns to dirt at the top.