This one is no slouch! Among the several great climbs in the Lexington Reservoir area, Montevina is the only one that gives us some very nice distant views.
The road is very little traveled and one lane for the majority of it. As we climb from the reservoir, we have great views back down to Hwy 17 towards Santa Cruz and the reservoir itself, as well as San Jose, Mt. Hamilton and the Diablo Mountain Range to the east. Depending how you count, there are as many as 11 switchbacks along our route which dead ends at a gate that accesses the El Sereno Open Space Preserve. The last 2/10ths of this one are brutal at 12-15%.
A spectacular climbing day: Black - Gist - Thompson - Montevina - Soda Springs Roads (Map) - essentially no traffic, peaceful and quiet riding/climbing of 41 miles, gaining nearly 8,000'.
Roadway Surface / Traffic: The road is in good shape and there is next to no traffic - this is a safe climb.