Pope Valley Loop

Saint Helena, California

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This is a journey to the quiet side of Napa County, the part the tourists rarely see: Pope Valley, only one ridge away, but a world apart. The ride begins in St. Helena, at the heart of Napa Valley’s world-famous wine region. But it won’t stay in the valley for long. After a rolling run south on the wide shoulder of Silverado Trail, turn left on Sage Canyon Road (Highway 128) and say good-bye to the tourist hordes. A brief, level run through the trees leads to an easy climb to the shore of Lake Hennessey, the reservoir holding Napa’s drinking water. As reservoirs go, this one is quite nice, doing a passable imitation of a natural lake.
75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes

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75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes

by Bill Oetinger (The Mountaineers Books)

This is a journey to the quiet side of Napa County, the part the tourists rarely see: Pope Valley, only one ridge away, but a world apart. The ride begins in St. Helena, at the heart of Napa Valley’s world-famous wine region. But it won’t stay in the valley for long.

After a rolling run south on the wide shoulder of Silverado Trail, turn left on Sage Canyon Road (Highway 128) and say good-bye to the tourist hordes. A brief, level run through the trees leads to an easy climb to the shore of Lake Hennessey, the reservoir holding Napa’s drinking water. As reservoirs go, this one is quite nice, doing a passable imitation of a natural lake.

© 2014 Bill Oetinger/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Saint Helena
Distance: 35
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 2.5-4 hours
Season: All year, although winter may be rainy
Driving Directions: Directions to Pope Valley Loop

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