Ida Clayton Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.7
FIETS
4.1 mi
DISTANCE
1,807 ft
GAINED
8.5 %
AVG. GRADE

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This is the climb ranks #3 on PJAMM's Sonoma County top climbs list. The climb is very scenic, with views to the east of Mount St. Helena, hillside vineyards throughout the climb, and spectacular views to the south of the Knight's Valley.
Average grade is 8.5% with 1,800' gained in 4.1 miles and 0 descent.  59% of the climb is at 5-10% grade and 30% is at 10-15%. The steepest quarter-mile is 11.6%.

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Roadway:  Narrow two lane with no center stripe and rough in spots - caution on the descent due to shade and debris.

Traffic:  Minimal - the occasional car or vineyard vehicle. 

Parking:  Right side of the road at the start of the climb - Map; Street View
Provisions: There is no water or food on this route and it can get very hot during the summer - bring plenty of water. The closest provisions are in Calistoga eight miles southeast, Geyserville 17 miles northwest, or Healdsburg 16 miles southwest. The Jimtown Store 10 miles west of the climb on Highway 128 may be an option if it has reopened after its closing in 2020.
See PJAMM's Sonoma County climb area page for more details on Wine Country bike climbs.   If you have travelled to Sonoma County to cycle or have any questions concerning cycling in the North Bay, you are welcome to contact me at john@pjammcycling.com with your questions about the area - I grew up and live in Sonoma County and have good knowledge of cycling in this region.

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Difficulty: Strenuous
2
Road
5
Traffic
4
Scenery

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Apr 5, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 2
Apr 5, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 2
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Mt. St. Helena as seen from the three mile mark on Ida Clayton Road

Aerial Drone sphere photo of pond, hillside vineyards and Mt. St. Helena.

Ida Clayton Road is left of photo.

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Drone footage from Highway 128 and Ida Clayton Road.

This climb ranks #5 on the Sonoma-Napa-Lake Tri-County Top 25 list with Fiets Index of 4.65.  The Ida Clayton Road climb is very scenic, with what we believe to be the best of Mount St. Helena to be found anywhere in the North Bay.  There are also extraordinary views of hillside vineyards along the middle of the climb as well as the gorgeous Knight’s Valley to the south.  

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Start of climb.

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View back towards the Knights Valley about two miles up the climb.

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Mount St. Helena is in our sights much of the climb.

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View south of Ida Clayton Road snaking up the mountain.

Aerial drone video from three mile mark of Ida Clayton Road. 

Roadway Surface and Traffic Report:  The roadway is in poor condition which is not a problem ascending, but be cautious on the descent as there are potholes, fast approaching steep sharp turns, gravel, sun/shade spots making visibility treacherous at certain times of the day.  Traffic over the entire climb is negligible. ​