Please register on the web site (go to Saturday ride listing on online schedule) for our "2 day weekend" rides, so we can plan better.
AS OF 4/13 OUR GROUP CAMPING AREA IS FULL - If you would like to be on the waiting list for camping please REGISTER. I do expect a few cancellations... I will contact you by email if there is an opening...
**** 4/18 - D and E Routes altered due to road closure on Howell Mountain Rd - see updated route sheets/GPS files...
LDT RIDE: NAPA VALLEY/ST. HELENA WEEKEND
- D/3 (5400’)/73;
- E/3 (5900’)/83
Join us for this LDT Weekend trip (See additional ride listings for FRIDAY and SUNDAY).We’ll explore beautiful Napa Valley, Pope Valley, and Lake Berryessa, starting at our group campsite at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. B riders take a modest route around Lake Hennessy, then follow interior valleys up the Pope Valley. C riders add a trek eastward along the shores of Lake Berryessa Lake, then loop back to the Pope Valley Market. D’s and E’s start their ride with the tough climb up Howell Mountain Road before following the C riders to Lake Berryessa. E’s add an outward spur to Eticuera Creek. All groups stop at the Pope Valley Market for snacks/lunch. The market has snacks, drinks, and ice cream, but riders should plan on packing a sandwich for their lunch. All routes return via the moderate four mile climb up Ink Grade Road, followed by a wonderful descent through the Deer Park neighborhood and on to Bothe-Napa State Park. This ride is doable as a day trip, but riders are encouraged to join us at our group campsite, which can accommodate up to 30 campers. Rain cancels. Online route sheets/maps/gps.
INFO: Guy Shuman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-704-0895).
MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure
MEETING LOCATION: All rides will start at our Bothe-Napa Valley State Park group campsite. Riders who are not camping can park in the day use parking area (there is an $8.00 daily parking fee per car). The group campsite is adjacent to the day use parking area on the opposite side of the restroom/shower building. Directions: From I-80 North, take CA-37 West, then CA-29 North to Napa, then continue North. The State Park entrance is about five miles past Saint Helena on the left side of Highway 128/29. Driving time from Palo Alto is about 2:15 hours.
ACCOMMODATIONS: We have reserved a group campsite for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park which can accommodate up to 30 people (total cost $20-25 per person). Rides on both Saturday AND Sunday will start and finish at the campsite. (We plan to depart on Sunday, but reserved Sunday night so we can stay as long as we want on Sunday afternoon). We will have a pot-luck BBQ at the campsite on Saturday evening – all are welcome (see note above about daily parking fee for non-campers) - details will be sent to registered riders. Hotels are numerous in the Napa Valley, but they are all quite expensive and most require a two night stay. Lodging is available in Calistoga (4 miles), but is a little cheaper in Napa (21 miles).
REGISTRATION: Please register on the web site (go to Saturday ride listing on online schedule) for our "2 day weekend" rides, so we can plan better. (Registration is not a strict requirement, so feel free to decide at the last minute if necessary.)