I heard about the Hollister Death Ride from my LBS back in 2003; it’s three out & back climbs of three different roads along with a loop out Cienega along the way for a 9,000+ foot informal century route. Intrigued, one road at a time, I did all three eventually by themselves, and then came up with my own Hollister Mini-Death Ride version with just Lone Tree Way and Quien Sabe Roads. It’s been a few years since I did Fremont Peak, and with some proding from Jerome, I listed the ride.
Joined also by Will, Doug and Larry, we headed across the valley to San Juan Bautista. where the climb to Fremont Peak State Parks begins just off of San Juan Highway through three different canyons; San Juan, Quinn and Peak Canyon before passing along the western edge of Hollister Hills SVRA up to 2900 feet. On a clear day, you have views of the Salinas Valley and can see the Monterey Bay, along with Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais and the Sierras. We didn’t get to enjoy that full of a view, but the consensus was it was a (tough) but good climb.
In San Juan Bautista, we had lunch at JJ’s Homemade Burgers and then took a spin by the Mission at San Juan Bautista before heading back across the valley, skipping the optional (lower) Quien Sabe loop. Maybe next time? Did I say that?
Fremont Peak out & back (or up & down? [Uber WW Cyclist]
why did the chicken cross the road…Fremont Peak [ALC8 – Larry’s Training Log… (Rider #4604)]