Description: Redwood-Wildcat is a medium length ride with a few
climbs. It goes up Tunnel and South across Skyline. Then, the route descends Redwood Road, a
long gradual descent into the woods. The descent is fairly straight and easy to
ride. Then, the road turns North onto Pinehurst for a short climb and technical
descent before heading into Moraga.
An shorter alternative to Redwood is to descend Pinehurst from Skyline instead
of going all the way to Redwood. This ride is called Pinehurst-Wildcat.
Once in Moraga,
the ride heads North on busy Moraga
Way. It's best to keep to the shoulder on this
stretch of road. Finally, the route returns over the hills to Berkeley via Wildcat Canyon
(a common end to many a ride).
Distance: 34.40 miles
Climbing: 3483 ft.
Time: 2-2.5 hrs.
Mile 0.0 - Sproul
Plaza to Tunnel Road.
Mile 6.34 - Skyline and Grizzly
Peak. Continue straight
on Skyline past Grizzly Peak.
Mile 8.03 - Skyline and Pinehurst. Continue on Skyline at the 5-way
Alternative Route (in red): Turn left on Pinehurst. The descent is windy
with a couple of hairpins. Rejoin the route at the Y-intersection with Canyon Rd. after
about 4 miles.
Mile 11.49 - Turn left on Joaquin Miller at the light.
Mile 12.11 - Turn left on Redwood
Rd. at the light. This is a nice, long descent on
a relatively straight (and wooded) road. During the Winter, this road can be
Mile 14.57 - Turn left onto Pinehurst. This is a short climb followed
by a winding descent.
Mile 17.30 - At the Y-intersection, turn right on Canyon Rd. (Pinehurst-Wildcat rejoins.)
After a short climb and descent, the famous walking man sprint lies just past a
bridge (but farther than you think if you jump early).
Mile 19.00 - Turn left on Country
Club Dr. one block before the light on Moraga Way.
Mile 19.43 - Turn right at the stop sign, then left onto Moraga Way. Moraga Way has
heavy traffic, so it's best to ride on the wide shoulder on this stretch of
Mile 23.53 - Bear left as Moraga
Way becomes Camino Pablo. As you ride under the
freeway, watch out for cars entering and exiting.
Mile 25.95 - Turn left onto Wildcat Canyon
for the climb home. The first half is the steepest part; after that, the grade
mellows. This is a nice, wooded climb that doesn't seem so nice at the end of
Mile 28.33 - Inspiration Point. It's mostly down hill from here. This
is a nice place to stop, regroup, and take in the view.
Mile 31.84 - Top of Spruce. Head left to descend into Berkeley via Euclid.