Sweetwater Springs Road west Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Sweetwater Springs Road west

CA, USA

Secluded climb near Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

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Climb Summary


Climb Summary

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Sweetwater West

This is a very private and stout climb (a few segments hit 16% for short distances) through a wooded and secluded portion of western Sonoma County, beginning just east of Guerneville, CA.  Ride 1.4 miles east from Sweetwater’s intersection with Armstrong Woods Road where the road pitches up appreciably to begin the climb.  This is a nearly private and very challenging, albeit brief, climb in west Sonoma County.  The more popular Sweetwater route begins off Westside Road near Santa Rosa, to the east, but the west side Sweetwater ascent is just as challenging, although without the classic Sonoma County vineyard scenery leading up to it.

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   A very scenic loop that gives us 2 classic Sonoma County experiences (vineyards [of course!] and redwoods) is the 30 mile Armstrong Woods loop (Map) - with 3,200' of climbing, and some exceptional vineyards views (caveat - 3 miles are along River Road which is busy, with fast moving vehicles, but there is a good bike lane along this stretch).

    Traffic/Roadway Surface:  The roadway is very  narrow and bumpy (no problem  at  all ascending, but a bit rough descending).  There is next to no traffic and we rate  this  as a very safe road for cyclists.

Sweetwater East

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This is a very private and stout climb through a wooded and secluded portion of  western Sonoma County.  Nearly the entire route is covered by a canopy of trees  and the smell of redwood accompanies us for part of this climb.  Rarely do we  encounter motor vehicles on this route and, while the roadway is barely over one  lane, the ride is comfortable (well, not at the 16-20% sections) and safe.   This has a #459 Strava Segment meaning it was one of the first of millions created over the years.

   An extremely scenic and very remote 100 mile ride with nearly 9,500' of climbing  that includes 2 Sonoma County jewels (Sweetwater Springs Road and Kings  Ridge Road is found at the PJAMMCycling  RideWithGps Map  -  note - there  provisions in Guerneville at mile 12,  Cazadero mile 25, water at Camp Liahona  Redwoods at mile 52 and Dry Creek General Store a 1/2 mile off West Dry Creek  Rd at mile 87 but be prepared because this is an isolated and very hot route during summertime).

    Traffic/Roadway Surface:  The roadway is very  narrow and bumpy (no problem  at  all ascending, but a bit rough descending).  There is next to no traffic and we rate  this  as a very safe road for cyclists.