7.08.2011

king's ridge (4 | 5)

woke up early to explore a 65 mile loop of amazing backcountry before it got too hot. lots of folks seem to consider this road one of the best around, and i'm partial to agree. amazing terrain, often an 8' wide ribbon of pavement, redwoods, oaks, ocean.
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beginning the climb out of the river valley from cazadero

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lots of steep climbing to reach the ridge

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out of the woods, ribbon road and 360 degree views

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cruising on up

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always wonder about the story of the folks who left places like these.

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turning onto hauser

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back up and onto the top of meyers grade

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in 2 miles this fellow drops from 1500-2000 feet to the floor of russian gulch on hwy 1

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like the peak of a rollercoaster

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the bottom of russian gulch (too fun to stop that descent and take a photo of the gulch, even if wonderfully beautiful)

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back down 1 to 116, which meanders back to guerneville.

1 comment:

Tex69 said...

Inspiring. The family is going to be coming down along the coast from Redwoods down to SanFran. Too bad I can't steal away the LHT or Bleriot for a ride in such a majestic landscape. Looking forward to it, though, by car or not.