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Ride Briefing: Happy Valley
 

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Ride Briefing: Happy Valley

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Saturday’s ride will be on a new route: Happy Valley. Expect temperatures in the low 60s for our 8 am start at the lake. Temperatures out on the Bears will climb throughout the morning, but by mile 42 we’ll be enjoying cool bay breezes as we ride south along the bayfront.

All Riders gather at the Lake Merritt Children’s Fairyland Parking Lot at 8:00 AM. Please be on time to greet new riders, organize into groups, and discuss the route prior to our departure at 8:20 AM

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All Riders climb Wildwood, then up Park Boulevard to Montclair Village. The route includes a traverse through Montclair and Lake Temescal Regional Park to get from Park Boulevard/Highway 13 over to Tunnel Road. After climbing Tunnel Road, we descend on the shoulder of Highway 24 from Fish Ranch Road to Orinda. There’s a regroup across from the Orinda Theater; then we’ll connect to the St. Stephens bike trail to Lafayette. At the end of the bike trail, we take the overcrossing of Highway 24 and continue east on El Nido Ranch Road.

Humane, Advanced Intermediate and Advanced Riders will turn left on Upper Happy Valley Road. After climbing Happy Valley Road and two of the Three Bears, the route continues on flat terrain to Pinole, then through North Richmond and Point Richmond, and then returns along the Bay Trail (same as the Point Pinole ride). However, this route follows the Bay Trail all the way to Emeryville and then returns via Shellmound, Mandela Parkway, and 28th Street through West Oakland back to the Lake.

Pedalfest is at Jack London Square 11 AM – 8 PM. Those wishing to attend Pedalfest after the ride may wish to continue down Mandela Parkway to reach Jack London Square.

Light Riders follow the same route to Lafayette, then link to the Lafayette-Moraga bike trail to Moraga and loop back to end at Orinda BART.

Route sheets are on this website. Suggestion: Print one out now and put it in your seat bag or with your gear so you don’t forget to bring it.

Notes and cautions

There are a lot of turns on the route sheets. This will be frustrating if you are trying to follow a route sheet as you ride. Review the route sheet in advance and/or hang with riders who are familiar with the territory. The tough spots will likely be:

  • Montclair Village to Lake Temescal Regional Park. A series of left turns keeps you rolling on quiet residential streets paralleling the east side of Highway 13.
  • Downtown Orinda. St. Stephen’s trail starts a block east of the Orinda Theater and parallels Highway 24.
  • North Richmond. Go through downtown North Richmond on Fred Jackson Way, then follow a short bike trail that connects Castro Street under Richmond Parkway and heads you toward Point Richmond. You avoid riding on Richmond Parkway entirely.
  • SF Bay Trail in Emeryville. The trail is on the sidewalk on the south side of Powell Street. Use the pedestrian crossings on the freeway entrances and Christie Avenue; then go through the 4 Seasons Hotel Parking Lot to reach the bike lane on Shellmound Street.

(Why a new route? At the “Future of the Club” meetings last winter, participants identified a need to have more LAKE rides and fewer AWAY rides. As all the Club LAKE routes are already on the calendar, the Ride Committee decided a new route should be created.)

 
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