Skaggs Rd

Skaggs Spring Rd starts in the East in middle between Healdsburg and Cloverdale, just a few kilometers East of Geyserville and Hwy 101. From Healdsburg you can take Dry Creek Rd, Dutcher Creek Rd from Cloverdale, and Canyon Rd from Geyserville.

You have a couple of big climbs and a smaller one towards the ocean. In between there's a stretch to recover while you follow the Fork Wolf Creek.

On the Easter side, you climb 600 m in about 10 km. There are two minor descents / ascents in the middle of the climb and these are particualrly nasty, i.e. on the order of 15%.

You can take Annapolis Rd as an alternative route to Hwy 1 which you reach a little farther North. If you continue on Skaggs Spring Rd, you can make a left on top of the final ridge into Tin Barn Rd, which continues South as King's Ridge Rd and Cazadero Hwy. In Cazadero, you can take Fort Ross Rd to Hwy 1.

If you continue West, you reach Hwy 1 at Stewarts Point. In Summer of 2006, the gas station and the general store where under construction and it looked like it will take a while until the grand re-opening. Next stop for supplies is a few kilomters South.

Riding on Hwy 1 is ok for connecting between various backroads, for the most part it has a shoulder. But traffic is still heavy and the mix of locals in a rush and whale-watching tourists seems dangerous.

One of the steep ramps on the East side of Skaggs Rd - Sonoma valley under a blanket of morning fog in the background

Sonoma Lake from Skaggs Rd

You reached the first ridge (coming from the East) and enjoy the view over all the other mountains which are yet to be climbed

Fork Wolf Creek

The bridge over Fork Wolf Creek marks the start of Annapolis Rd - Skaggs Rd continues straight

Stewarts Point - the end of Skaggs Rd