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 very narrow one lane road the entire climb that has very little traffic on it . . . most of the time . . .
Did we mention the road width . . . ?
We LOVE Welch Creek Road and highly recommend it to anyone interested in a private and challenging bike climb in remote Alameda County’s Sunol Regional Wilderness Area. This ascent is an attraction for its challenging grade (particularly 1.2 miles, starting at mile 1.7, which averages 14.2%). The roadway is a 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.
Most of the climb is through Coal Mine Canyon and has a canopy of tree coverage much of the way. The ride through the canyon is steep, but very peaceful.
The final mile of the climb is in the open, affording cyclists fantastic views towards the San Jose and the Santa Cruz Foothills to the south.
Drone photo of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County 45 miles northwest.
Top of the climb.
Coal Creek Canyon.
PJAMM takes a spin offroad to check out the fog bank below . . .
Welch Creek Road is paved, but you have gravel options, too.