Old Howell Mountain Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

2.3
FIETS
7.3 mi
DISTANCE
1,819 ft
GAINED
4.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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INTRO

Old Howell Mountain Road (marked at the beginning as Howell Mountain) is a pleasant rural jaunt through the Howell Mountains which run north/south at the eastern edge of Napa Valley. The climb begins at the intersection of scenic Silverado Trail (near the discrete entrance to posh Meadowood Resort). Along this climb, we pass by some (but not many) vineyards, a distant view of Lake Henessey to the south, a fair amount of oak and scrub oak, through the small community of Angwin and Pacific Union College, to the unmarked finish near Ink Grade.
4.4% average grade (5.3% climb only).  38% of the climb is 0-5% grade, 47% is at 5-10%, and 4% is above 10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 9.7%.

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Roadway:  The first four miles of the ride (to the intersection of Old Howell Road and Deer Park/Howell Mountain Roads) is on a narrow two lane road in fair to poor condition.  The remaining 4.3 miles are on a wider two lane road with some to zero shoulder - the roadway is in good condition for the final 4.3 miles on Howell Mountain Road. 

Traffic:  Mild on the first four miles and mild to moderate the final 4.3.

Parking:  At the intersection of Old Howell Mountain Road and Silverado Highway - MapStreet View
Provisions:  There is a market in Angwin at mile 5.7.
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If you have travelled to Napa County to cycle, you are welcome to contact me at john@pjammcycling.com if you have any questions about the area - I grew up and live in neighboring Sonoma County, but do have a good working knowledge of Napa. 

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Cycling Old Howell Mountain Road

Ride 7.3 miles gaining 1,820’ at 4.4% average grade.

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Climb begins near Meadwood Resort, St. Helena

Old Howell Mountain Road (marked at the beginning as Howell Mountain) is a  pleasant rural jaunt through the Howell Mountains which run north/south at the  eastern edge of Napa Valley.  The climb begins at the intersection of scenic  Silverado Trail (near the discrete entrance to posh Meadowood Resort).  Along this  climb, we pass by some (but not many) vineyards, a distant view of Lake Henessey  to the south, a fair amount of oak and scrub oak, through tiny Angwin and Pacific Union  College to the unmarked finish near Ink Grade.  

Road closed to everything - but we went for it - no problem

Mile 1.3.

Mile 4 - turn right onto Howell Mountain Road

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Ride through Angwin on our way to the finish - mile 6

Finish

     This climb is not too challenging and there is a nice 25 mile loop that includes  Old Howell Mountain and Ink Grade that begins at the intersection of Old Howell  Mountain and Silverado Trail for those who prefer a bit of climbing along their  incredibly scenic cycling trip through Napa Valley.

     Traffic/Roadway Surface:  The roadway is varies from narrow and a bit bumpy to  very smooth and wide.  The first 4 miles have very little traffic while the last 3 are on  a bit busier roadway, but with a very nice shoulder.  This is a safe ride.