Starting in Mill Valley, we'll climb Old Railroad Grade to West Point Inn (appoximately 1 hour climb). After a brief re-group, we will continue climbing another 15 minutes up to East Peak and head left along the road for a few more punchy climbs, until heading back into the dirt via Rock Springs Fireroad. Rock Springs will deliver 3 tough, but short climbs before opening up to a fun descent. We will turn left to Laurel Dell experiencing some exceptional gravel downhill and a creek crossing before climbing back up to the road at Ridgecrest. From here, we will descend on the road via Pantoll Ranger station back down to Mill Valley.
Best bail out points will be at West Point Inn (cut across to Pantoll, back down the road) and before Rock Springs (continue down the road and miss Laurel Dell entirely).
Spread the word and bring your gravel-curious friends. It's gonna be a fun one.
Here's what you need to know:
- Start time: Roll out 9:30am from Mill Valley Depot. (For folks in San Francisco, Randall from Thesis will also do an optional 8:45am roll out from the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion.)
- Difficulty: 27 miles, 3,600ft elevation.
- Route: https://www.strava.com/activities/2074086267 (please download to your cycle computer if you have one)
- Equipment Requirements: Minimum 650B x 47mm or 700C x 40mm semi-slick tires and mountain bikes shoes/pedals are recommended. You'll also want to bring a tube, pump, tool with a 6mm hex, snack, and bottles.
*An RSVP is highly recommended* so we can communicate changes in case of rain.
Photo credit: Thesis rider Andy W.