Cycling Sonoma: Our Top 5 Rides for Avid Cyclists

The town of Sonoma is an ideal place to start your wine country bike ride with peripheral roads leading you to rolling vineyard views in virtually every direction.

At the end of your ride Sonoma Plaza boasts a dizzying array of top-rated restaurants, casual delis and cafes to replenish your caloric deficit

The following routes are intended for experienced cyclists who want to get a longer 30-50+ mile ride in while visiting Sonoma Valley. Many of these routes are very remote and cell phone reception is not always a given. Bring a fully stocked repair kit and plenty of nutrition and water. While these bike routes are frequented by local Sonoma cyclists, many roads do not have designated bike lanes. Choose a route with respect to your bike handling skills, your experience riding in traffic, the weather, road conditions and your own level of comfort and ride at your own risk.

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Lovall Valley Loop

START/FINISH: 1254 Broadway, SONOMA

14 miles ♦ Moderate Climbing ♦ ~700’ Elevation Gain/Descent

The Lovall Valley Loop is a great short scenic ride on its own with just enough of a climb to keep you honest. The loop at the top is relatively flat and rewards you with beautiful views; you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Provence. This tidy little loop is also a great way to tack extra miles onto any of our other routes (e.g. add to Carneros Loop for ~43-miles)

Find serenity on the Lovall Valley Loop


Carneros Loop

START/FINISH: 1254 Broadway, SONOMA

30 miles ♦ Flat to Rolling ♦ ~700’ elevation gain/descent

The Carneros Loop is an awesome route for cyclists looking for an easier ride (no major climbs) as well as a route that will allow you to escape to the quietest backroads.

From the Sonoma Plaza area, you’ll take Denmark St. towards Napa Rd. and continue on Burndale until you cross Hwy. 12/121. Make a mental note to stop at Carneros Brewing Company at this intersection on your way back! Ramal Road will be your gateway to the Carneros AVA. The Carneros District straddles the Napa-Sonoma County line; in fact, you’ll cross the painted demarcation on the roadway. The coastal influence gives this region a cooler climate, making this a great ride to escape the heat on hot summer days.

It should be noted that the Carneros region can be windy. Since you will be riding out-and-back, if the riding feels suspiciously easy on the way out, you might be sailing on a tailwind and should be prepared to face a headwind on the way back!


Extended Carneros Loop

START/FINISH: 1254 Broadway, SONOMA

36 miles ♦ Flat to Rolling ♦ ~1030’ elevation gain/descent

Extended version of the popular Carneros Loop with an extra 6-mile loop north of Hwy. 121/12. Note: Roll into the Carneros Inn hotel property and stop at the Market Deli or Boonfly Cafe to refuel mid-ride.

The characteristic rolling vineyard views of the Carneros District


Trinity-Napa-Carneros Loop

START/FINISH: 1254 Broadway, SONOMA

56 miles ♦ Significant Climbing ♦ ~3100’ elevation gain/descent


Experience the best of Napa and Sonoma Valley on this epic local bike ride. Starting from Sonoma Plaza, you’ll head north via Arnold Drive (alternate to Hwy. 12, which is NOT recommended due to lack of bike shoulder). Trinity Mountain Road will test your mettle with a 3-mile climb with close to 1400 feet of climbing.

The top of Trinity Mountain Road marks the end of the day’s major climbing, with less than a third of your total mileage complete. You’ll take a nosedive into Napa Valley via the rapid descent down Oakville Grade before cutting across the valley floor for the scenic jaunt south along Silverado Trail. After cutting back west across the valley, you’ll roll through some of suburban Napa before you make it to the final undularing miles through the Carneros District leading you back home.

It should be noted that the Carneros region can be windy (though some days, you’ll luck out and get a ripping tailwind!) and it’s also know for its undulating rolling hills. While it’s true these little rollers are nothing compared to the first two climbs of the day, but they can sneak up and your fortitude as the day wears on (and the miles add up).

Want Even MORE of a Challenge?


Begin your ride with Cavedale Road instead of Trinity Mountain Road. This small change adds only 2 additional miles to the route, but packs close to 600 additional feet of elevation gain and descent.