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cycling trip Northern California Coast

Dates: 6/5 - 9, 2017

(5 days, 5 nights, Sun. - Fri.)

Assembly Point: San Jose, CA

(Timberline van shuttle from and to San Jose International Airport prior to and following the tour)

Not included: Airline service to San Jose, CA; Guide Gratuity

Meeting time: airport 3 pm, hotel 3:30 pm

Drop off time: 5 pm

Tour Cost: $2,580

Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, park entrance fees, support van, transfers, leaders, tour maps, and narratives.

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $590

Join Timberline Adventures for a 5 day cycling experience in the legendary Northern California Bay Area. This "go at your own pace" tour along the California coast south of San Francisco explores an array of terrain and scenery.  With a backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains, we have chosen spectacular cycling roads that are virtually unknown outside the area.  Weather in June is typically ideal, between the rains of winter and the dense fog of summer, so we should enjoy warm sunshine with cool, ocean breezes. Plan to get your legs in shape for the summer season with more than 290 miles and a total elevation gain of over 20,000 feet on some of the most beautiful riding you will ever experience. This itinerary is easy to modify to your needs as we are not always moving from hotel to hotel.  Go part way and return, take a day off to enjoy the shopping and beaches, or do the loop twice if you are chomping at the bit!

The entertaining and sometimes wacky culture of the area will be our setting as we enjoy great food and comfortable lodging.  For Day 1 and Day 2, we will ride from the inland side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. While there we will conquer Hwy 9 from Saratoga, Zayante Rd, San Jose Soquel Rd, La Honda ending in Santa Cruz. Day 3 we ride along the coast to the Elkhorn Slough and a grand lunch before we loop back through the strawberry fields to Santa Cruz. Day 4 is what we have been building for: 8,500 feet of climbing over a metric century (65 miles). Day 5, we conclude our Northern California tour with a ride to Los Gatos for a great lunch.  It is a Timberline Adventure, after all.


Day 1

Los Gatos to Calero Reservoir via Hicks road

36 miles

Day 2

Saratoga - Skyline Rd - La Honda - San Gregorio - Pescadero - Ano Neuvo – Santa Cruz 

80 miles

Day 3

Santa Cruz – Sea Cliff  Beach – Sunset Beach – Elkhorn slough – Santa Cruz

63 miles

Day 4

Santa Cruz Mountain ride - Mt. Charlie Road - Jamison Creek - Zayante Rd - Scotts Valley

80 miles

Day 5

Santa Cruz - Los Gatos

33 miles

Total cycling mileage: 292

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.