Date reviewed - 11/07

Reviewed by: LionZoo

Fun . . . . . . . . 2
Difficulty . . . . .Medium
Traffic . . . . . . Medium
Driveways . . . .Light
Condition . . . . Good
Length . . . . . .10 miles

Some roads, Tuna Canyon comes to mind, are better for cars than motorcycles. Patterson Pass Rd. is definitely the opposite and is better suited for a motorcycle than an automobile. The reason behind this mostly has to do with Patterson Pass' width. Patterson Pass is narrow and with the amount of traffic on the road and the blind corners, it can be quite unnerving driving a car. The dips in the roads are especially problematic since at night they manage to obscure the oncoming headlights of cars.

Nonetheless, these dips are probably the most distinctive feature of Patterson Pass Rd. as it makes it feel like quite the rollercoaster. Patterson Pass climbs and dips as it connects Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to I-580. The road is composed mainly of medium to high speed corners that sometimes drop out in the middle of the corner. There are no hairpins or switchbacks on Patterson Pass and this lack of extremely slow corners is also a boon for sportbikers. Along the road there are sections of windmills that make for good photo opportunities.

Patterson Pass is a decent up and over and serves as a good shortcut to avoid a section of I-580 that is generally constantly congested. There is a bit of traffic on Patterson Pass depending on the time, but there are very few driveways right up to when you get to Lawrence Livermore. Overall, this is not a road to go out of the way for, but if you're traveling through the area it can be worth checking out.

- Back to Region

Purple: Patterson Pass Rd.
Orange: Tesla Rd. - Corral Hollow Rd.
Red: Mines Rd.
Blue: Cross Rd.

Certainly more fun than the freeway.
Winding through the wind farm.