Fort Ross Road East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Fort Ross Road East


Quiet climb out of Cazadero in remote western Sonoma County.

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4.6 mph SE with gusts up to 11.3 mph

0% chance of light rainfall

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Climb Summary

Climb Summaries

Fort Ross Road West

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).  

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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.


Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 4.3 (11.3%)

Fort Ross Road East

The east side of Fort Ross Road (beginning in Cazadero) is much milder than it's big brother Fort Ross West (#6 on the Tri-County list - 2.4 miles at 10.9% average grade).  The 5.2 mile initial climb is followed by a 1.5 miles 523' descent, followed by roughly 1 mile of flat riding, ending with a 1.4 mile 8.1% punch to the intersection of Meyers Grade and Fort Ross Roads.

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Start in Cazadero; 3 options - Fort Ross Road (left), King Ridge (straight), Old Caz (right)

Like so many of the Sonoma West County climbs, we are surrounded by redwood forest and shaded by tree canopy cover nearly the entire climb.  This is a good option for long Sonoma County rides on hot days.  There is a nice, nearly private, loop that begins in Cazadero travelling west on Fort Ross Road and finishes travelling southeast on Kings Ridge back to Cazadero which is plotted here - MAP.  

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This climb is highly recommended for its rural and forested charm.  The roadway surface is rough and narrow, but there is very little traffic along the climb - this is a safe ride.   Cazadero, population 350, has a rough deli/market and an AWESOME Bakery - Raymond's Bakery - come for the ride, stay for the danish!  Raymond's is a MUST.

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Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile