This is a short route inland from San Francisco with a lot of one lane roads and twisties. so take your time. Steep drop offs to your right when headed mostly south. You’ll periodically follow the Arroyo Mocho while steadily climbing and dropping short stints of elevation along the way.
What You’ll See
In the summer, lots of wild flowers. After you’ve passed through the junction , where Mines Road intersects with Del Puerto Canyon Road, you’ll hit a wide meadow and swear you’re nowhere near a major metropolis. This is a good place to stop if you’ve gotten wound up with all of the switchbacks and one lane roads. And there’s more to come as you head up Mt. Hamilton where you’ll ride past the observatory.
What to Watch For
Bikes and fast moving pickups. People do live back here and those who do farm and ranch…and drive pickups. Since they’re used to the route, they often drive like everyone else should. And while most of the road is in pretty good shape, it can be potholed in places.. Did we mention taking your time!.
Where to Eat
If you get a late start, you’ll still reach the Junction Bar and Grill by around noon. They serve a variety of burgers – Angus, Buffalo and Elk – and tri-tip, pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches. Try the firefries for a different take on the traditional version.