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Kings Ridge - full 16 miles. Hover cursor over segment slices (below) for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

Finish - 16.1 miles

Start  (click and drag map; double click to move forward)

 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the King Ridge RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Cycling and Climbing Sonoma County

King Ridge Road



                              Main Climb       From Cazadero

  • Distance:                          3.8 miles           16.5 
  • Beginning elevation:      411'                   135'

  • Ending elevation:             1,671'              1,168'

  • Elevation gained:              1,309'             2,466'

  • Average Grade:                 6.4%               n/a

  • Fiets Index:                        2.48                 n/a           

  • Location:   The Climb begins 4 miles from the fork of King Ridge and Fort Ross Road at the north end of Cazadero, CA (38.58041, -123.11711  latitude/longitude), 37 miles west of Charles Schultz Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, CA.


Ride Description

This is the climbing backbone of what many feel is the jewel of Sonoma County cycling, Kings Ridge Road.  The "ride" is really 16 miles of rollers from the start to the junction of King Ridge/Hauser Bridge Rd/Tin Barn Rd, which consists mostly of steep pitches followed by descents.  We are exposed to the best of Sonoma County cycling along this route - challenging climbs, remote venue, grazing cattle, vineyards, minimal traffic, and distant views of mountains and ridges to the east and west.  Kings Ridge Road is the centerpiece of Levi's Gran Fondo (circa 2003), an extremely popular and well run wine country century held in September each year and attended by 7,500 riders, give or take. 

There is a very pleasant loop that exposes us to all that Sonoma County has to offer which runs from Cazadero-King Ridge-Hauser Bridge-Seaview-Timber Cove-Hwy 1-Fort Ross Road (Map and displayed at the bottom of this page). 

Supplies:  This is remote cycling - there are minimal spots for supplies along this ride and the loop noted above.  There are supplies at the Cazadero General Store near the start but nothing after that (except water at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center at mile 19.5) .  You can also begin at Raymond's Bakeryone mile south of Cazadero to fuel up and grab a deli sandwich at the Caz General Store at the end of the ride - you can't go wrong with that plan as part of your itinerary!

Roadway surface/Traffic:  The roadway is in moderately poor condition, but manageable by all - just a bit bumpy along the way at spots.  Traffic is next to nothing - very remote with a true private feel to it.