South of Sonora #1

The most easily accessible road bike rides in the County are in the agricultural area south of Sonora and Jamestown. There is a network of top notch country roads with very low traffic in this scenic area featuring open ranch land, old bridges, and creek corridors lined with oaks. Winter brings back the green, and spring time adds the wildflowers. Terrain is moderate, and loops of 15 miles and longer are easy to arrange. Extend loops south to Moccasin, Groveland, or Coulterville or east to Tuolumne for longer rides.Valley oaks on Algerine Wards Ferry Road

Starting in Sonora or Jamestown provides easy access to food and facilities on your return. In the summer, you can get an early start at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market on Stewart Street in Sonora and then ride south.

Algerine Road bridge

This loop is a 28 mile long bow-tie shaped affair starting in Jamestown. Every road on this bike ride is a winner. I like the climb on Twist Road from Jacksonville Road and the downhill on Murphy Road, but there is no real reason to ride the loop in any particular direction. There’s parking in downtown Jamestown (not to be confused with the Jamestown suburbs) or at Railtown in the big lot on Sierra Ave.

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  • roads: paved
  • terrain: rolling to moderately hilly
  • tires: road
  • seasons: all, with precautions for summer heat
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