Cycling Old Lawley Toll Road
Ride 5.5 miles gaining 1,830’ at 6.3% average grade.
This climb shares is the first 5 1/2 miles of the most difficult climb in the North Bay Area (Mt. St. Helena). Old Lawley Toll Road intersects with Hwy 29 just before the Hwy pitches up for its 5 mile climb to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park (OLTR runs roughly parallel to Hwy 29 for 3 miles until intersecting it again a little over halfway to the summit).
Old Lawley Toll Road Segment
3.1 miles gaining 1,060’ at 6.3%
Start on Old Lawley Toll Road.
Photo bottom Left: Turn left onto Hwy 29 at mile 3.2
Highway 29 Segment
2.4 miles gaining 750’ at 5.9%
It can be a bit unnerving on this stretch.
Roadway surface/Traffic: The the Toll Road section is in moderately poor condition, but is easily manageable and traffic is light to nil. Traffic on Hwy 29 is fairly heavy and there are many trucks and boats being towed up the road in the summer, but there is a good bike lane and the road surface is excellent.