According to the Santa Rosa Cycling Club, “King Ridge Road is considered by many to be the crown jewel of North Bay cycling roads.” Well, there are a lot of beautiful rides to choose from, so give it a try and judge for yourself. It is, without a doubt, a challenging and beautiful day trip, at 55 miles.
The ride begins in the Russian River Resort Area’s Monte Rio, from a parking lot on the north end of the bridge over the Russian River. From this Monte Rio Parks and Rec lot, turn left on River Road. Your route will parallel the river, then, after a turn onto Austin Creek Road, proceed upstream along that pretty creek. Relax and enjoy this redwood laden forest road about six miles, turning right onto Cazadero Highway. Follow that road to past the lazy hamlet of Cazadero (mile 9). Stop at the general store if you need water or supplies.
At the junction, take the middle road (King Ridge). Ride the ridgeline and prepare yourself for some of the most breathtaking vistas you will ever see. Over the next 22 miles, the road you’re on will change names from Hauser Bridge to Seaview to Fort Ross to Meyer’s Grade without really making any turns. At mile 36, we arrive at a junction with Fort Ross Road, coming up from the coast. Half a mile later, the other portion of Fort Ross turns left, while we continue straight south on Meyers Grade. Connecting with Highway 1, you will take this ultimate thrill ride down that coastal highway past Timber Cove, Fort Ross and Jenner by the Sea, finally bringing you to a relatively level road back to Monte Rio, passing the unique shopping hamlet of Duncans Mills. www.srcc.memberlodge.com/TGR