Fort Ross Road West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.4
FIETS
2.4 mi
DISTANCE
1,353 ft
GAINED
10.7 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Photos By: Maxfield Bonta

INTRO

The Fort Ross West bike climb is one of our Sonoma County favorites.  This one has it all - views of Sonoma County's Pacific Coast, redwood trees, and STEEEP!!  
Average grade is 10.7% - 1,353' of climbing and 0 descent.  62% of the climb is at 10-15% grade and 7% is at 15-20%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 15.8%. 

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Roadway:  Narrow two lane (well, at spots even one lane) road in fair condition with some rough spots.  Beware of debris on the descent. 

Traffic:  Minimal to 0.

Parking:  Park on the side of the road 50 yards up the climb from Highway 1 - this is where they set up the rest stop for Santa Rosa Cycling Club's Terrible Two double century (Map; Street View).  An alternative is to park in the Fort Ross State Park parking lot directly across the street from the start of our climb, but you must pay a fee for that. 
Provisions:  None on the route.  The closest food and beverages are at the Jenner Sea Store or Cafe Aquatica in Jenner 11.6 miles south of the climb start (route).
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Consider visiting Fort Ross State Park and walking around the old Russian Fort and community preserved on the grounds which is just across Highway 1 from climb start (Map). 

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cycling Fort Ross Road - road, fog over Pacific Ocean

Cycling Fort Ross Road - from the west

View west from top of western climb - Pacific Ocean covered with fog

 Sonoma County Top 5 Scenic Bike Climbs

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This climb is the  shortest in the Tri-County Top 10, but has the steepest average grade at 10.9%.  During nearly the entire ride you are surrounded by redwood forest making for a private  and very unique climb.  The smell of the coast and redwoods coupled with the mild  temperatures  make for a very enjoyable ride (aside from the double digit grade over the  entire ascent).  

Bike climb Fort Ross Road - Fort Ross sign on Hwy 1   

Bike climb Fort Ross Road - Fort Ross sign on Hwy 1

 Bike climb Fort Ross Road - 2 cyclists on bikes in redwoods


Traffic/Roadway surface:  This is a narrow effectively one lane road that has very little  traffic.  The road is in fair condition.  Descending can be a bit harrowing as the road has  many sharp turns, rough and gravel surface and is so steep it is very difficult to keep your  speed down.

Bike climb Fort Ross Road - 2 cyclists at top of climb

 

Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 4.3 (11.3%)

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - FORT ROSS ROAD

 

Peter Sagan (SVK) outsprints the field

Santa Rosa, Stage 1 2012 Tour of California

Photo: Kent Porter / Press Democrat 2012

Fort Ross Road has been featured once in the Tour of California:

  • 2012 Stage 1

That’s a wrap!!