Shingle Springs / Deer Valley / Ponderosa Loop
|Level of Difficulty: Moderate
(1700′ total climbing)
|Riding Time: 2 hours||Printable Area Map: Deer Valley / Ponderosa
|Season to Ride: All year
– except coldest winter days. Ideal in Spring and Fall. Summer
afternoons may be too hot.
Description: This is a
good ride at lower elevations – ideal in the Spring, Fall and Winter seasons
(may be too warm during Summer afternoons). The ride is designed to spend
as little time as possible on busy roads (Green Valley and Meder Roads), and
maximize your time on the quieter roads such as Deer Valley and Ponderosa
Rd. The starting point is at the local high school (Ponderosa High
School), and you can park there in the evenings and weekends. If you
decide to ride during the weekday while school is in session, it is recommended
to backtrack to Highway 50 and start at the “Park and
Ride” parking lot instead. This will add about 0.8 mile (mostly
flat) to your ride in each direction – or 1.6 miles total to your riding.
|0.0||Start at Ponderosa High School. Turn Right on
|0.1||Turn immediately Left on Meder Rd.|
|2.6||Road ends. Turn Left on Cameron Park Drive.
Heavy traffic here.
|2.7||Turn Right on Oxford Rd.|
|3.3||Road ends. Turn Right on Cambridge Rd.|
|5.0||Road ends. Turn Left on Green Valley Rd.|
|6.7||Near bottom of hill, turn (sharp!) right on Deer Valley Rd.|
|13.8||Deer Valley Rd ends in town of Rescue (groceries available). Turn Left on Green Valley
Rd. Traffic increases here.
|14.2||Top of hill, turn Right on Ponderosa Rd.|
|17.1||End of ride at Ponderosa High School.|
Auxiliary start at Highway 50 “Park and Ride”
|0.0||Start at Highway 50 Park and Ride at Shingle Springs
exit. Cross over Highway 50 (heading north).
|0.1||Four way stop intersection. Continue straight on
|0.4||Road veers towards Left. Continue on Ponderosa Rd|
|0.8||Ponderosa High School. Continue with ride described