Ink Grade Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Ink Grade Road

CA, USA

Fun and mild climb out of Pope Valley

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Climb Summary


Cycling Napa County’s Ink Grade

Ride 4 miles gaining 1,060’ at 5% average grade.

Start by riding up Ink Grade from its T intersection with Pope Valley Road

This is a wonderfully private climb through a rural and gorgeous section of Napa  County.  As can be seen from the slideshow above, you experience vineyards (of  course, this is Napa County, after all!), a beautiful lake at the start, a canopy of trees most of the climb and the privacy that comes with remote climbs in this area.  

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Clif Farms

Along  our ride in April 2015, we encountered Gil who is the caretaker for the Clif Bar  property on Ink Road.  Gil grew up as a cyclist in England and still has a love for the sport.  At the request of the property's owners after their cycling trip to France,  he fashioned 2 cycling monuments reminiscent of the French Alps (we slipped a non-Ink Grade photo into the slideshow for comparison sake only . . . . )

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   A nice 25 mile loop, that includes ascending Ink Grade, begins at Old Howell  Mountain Road and Silverado Trail, climbing Old Howell Mountain and Ink Grade  (Map).  

    Traffic/Roadway Surface:  The roadway is narrow and a bit bumpy (no problem at  all ascending, but a bit rough descending).  There is minimal traffic and we rate this  as a very safe road for cyclists.

That’s a wrap!!