#4
STEWARTS PT / SKAGGS SPRINGS

Sonoma County

Date reviewed - 8/05
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Fun . . . . . . . . 5
Difficulty . . . . .High
Traffic . . . . . . None to Light
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Poor to Good
Length . . . . . .45 miles
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Dry Creek Rd. officially turns into Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road (quite a name I know) at the base of the damn recreation area. The road curves up the face of the damn and the hill it is built in to. If you are headed east make sure you turn left at the first intersection you come to; if you continue on the same road you will head into the Lake Sonoma recreation area.

After the intersection things start to get real good. This road is a nice, wide 2 lane stretch of pavement that heads west towards the coast. It runs along the top of a ridgeline for quite a while, giving you constant elevation changes along with corners but never dropping or climbing for too long. This winding path along the top of the ridge gives you some great scenic vistas of the surrounding countryside. The corners are not signed but the 35mph speed limit is posted every mile or so. They really want you to know its 35mph on this road. The benefit to this is perfect pavement, so if you are willing to bend the rules a little you can have a lot of fun out here.

Eventually you will come to a bridge over a large canyon; soon after this you will pass the intersection of Old Skaggs Springs Rd. Watch out for this because the road conditions change suddenly and drastically. After the "End 35mph Zone" sign you won't see another posted speed-limit until Highway 1 on the coast. The pavement is in pretty bad shape, the line down the middle of the road disappears, and don't even think about warning signs, reflectors, or guardrails.

Still, this road can be a lot of fun if you take your time and play it safe. The first few miles of this narrow winding road can be pretty harrowing, as you have no idea what is around each blind corner, don't forget the roadway is maybe 1-1/2 lanes wide in this area. I actually passed an 18-wheel tractor-trailer in this area, so don't get too crazy. Eventually, however, the road does begin to straighten out as it drops down and follows the river and you can have some fun.

Approximately 9 miles from Highway 1 (headed west) is a blind corner with a small country store and possibly pedestrians milling about; look for the "School Bus Stop Ahead" signs to warn you of this. There really isn't any traffic or driveways out here but there are some ranches and other motorist use this as a way to get from the coast inland. There are also the occasional cattle guards across the road and that means that there could be the occasional cow as well. Just west of the intersection with Annapolis Rd. is an historic, 1-lane bridge but it has pretty good sight-lines and shouldn't be too much of a concern.

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Yellow: Dry Creek Rd. / Canyon Rd. - to Highway 101
Red: Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Rd. (well maintained section).
Blue: Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Rd. (non-maintained section).
Cyan: Annapolis Rd.

 
 
After Dry Creek (yellow) turns into Skaggs Springs (red) and climbs the hill below the damn, make sure to turn at the "T" intersection (left if headed west and right if headed east).