Experience a beautiful and challenging ride through the redwoods in Mendocino County, California.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
The Scary Monster leaves Mendocino College and heads west over Orr Springs Road with a big climb. It then drops down into the redwoods and heads to the quaint town of Comptche. After Comptche, you continue west all the way to the coast. You then ride along the coast for a bit before looping back east again and eventually climbing up the backside of Orr Springs and then back to Mendocino College. This route is about 100 miles (actually 96.9 miles or 155.9 kilometers) and includes 9200 ft of climbing.
The Hairy Monster also leaves Mendocino College and heads west over Orr Springs Road with the same big climb. You then drop into the redwoods and head to the quaint town of Comptche. At Comptche, instead of heading farther west to the coast you turn around and head back through the redwoods before climbing up the backside of Orr Springs and then back to Mendocino College. This route is a metric century (62.0 miles or 100 kilometers) and includes 6900 ft of climbing.
The Merry Monster also leaves Mendocino College, but then heads east and north into Redwood Valley, making a loop around the valley, past many vineyards and farm lands and country homes. The vistas are beautiful. You'll return to Mendocino College on a different route to complete your loop. This route is about 25 miles (actually 25.4 miles or 41 kilometers) and includes 750 ft of climbing.