Description: This is an easy beginners ride. It starts up Tunnel Rd. like
most rides from Berkeley.
Tunnel Rd. climbs steadily at an average 5% grade for about 4 miles. The other
easy climb out of town is Spruce
Rd. to the North which is a little steeper and
shorter than Tunnel Rd.
This ride then turns left onto Grizzly
Peak and follows the
ridge line above Berkeley
for 7-8 miles. There are many great views along the way. Finally, the ride
Euclid is a
very nice descent from the North. The road is smooth and most of the curves are
gentle with the exception of a slick S-turn near the bottom.
Note: For this route description, there are detailed instructions for
getting out of town via the Cal
Cycling approved route. For other routes, I'll assume you know how to get to
Distance: 16.22 miles
Climbing: 1856 ft.
Time: 1-1.5 hrs.
Mile 0.0 - Depart Sproul
Plaza. Start down Bancroft Ave.
Mile 0.13 - Turn left on Dana St. Cross Durant.
Mile 0.25 - Turn left on Channing
Wy. Cross Telegraph and Bowditch.
Mile 0.63 - Turn right on College Ave. Pass Haste.
Mile 0.75 - Turn left on Dwight
Mile 0.88 - Take second right on Piedmont Ave.
Pass through two road
Mile 1.18 - Turn left on Forrest
Mile 1.40 - Turn right at T intersection.
Mile 1.48 - Turn left on Gerber, beware the crooked pole.
Mile 1.54 - Turn right onto Claremont
Mile 1.68 - Turn left onto Russell.
Mile 1.75 - Forced right turn; pass Domingo Peet's, go straight
Mile 1.89 - Turn left on El Camino.
Mile 2.22 - Turn left on The Uplands.
Mile 2.40 - Turn right on Tunnel
Mile 2.85 - Turn left at light onto Caldecott Ln, start climbing.
Mile 3.21 - At crest, make quick left, then right onto Tunnel Rd. A long
gradual climb starts here.
Mile 6.34 - Skyline (used to be Tunnel) at Grizzly Peak.
The Saturday ride stops up ahead on the left at Sibley Park.
For this ride, turn left on Grizzly
Mile 8.78 - Go straight through stop sign at Claremont. Claremont Ave. is a fast fun descent back
to Domingo Peet's.
Mile 11.79 - Go straight through stop sign at Centenniel. This is
another very fast descent into Berkeley.
Mile 13.88 - Turn left onto Euclid
Ave. This is the standard descent when returning
on Wildcat Canyon.
Mile 15.20 - Watch out for oil in this sweeping left turn.
Mile 15.94 - Turn right on Virginia
St. (if you live in that direction).
Mile 16.22 - Spruce & Virginia, end of ride.