Alameda & Santa Clara CountiesDate reviewed - 10/07
Reviewed by: LionZoo_________________________________
Fun . . . . . . . . 4
Difficulty . . . . .Medium
Traffic . . . . . . Light to Medium
Driveways . . . .Light
Condition . . . . Good
Length . . . . . .24 miles
Mines Rd. is the northern continuation of San Antonio Valley Rd and quite fun in its own right, though not as good as San Antonio Valley Rd. Mines Rd., like Mt. Hamilton Rd., is quite popular with bicyclists so plan your drive accordingly. However there is very little "normal" traffic on the road, so as long as the bicyclists aren't out in force you should have the road mostly to yourself.
The defining characteristic of Mines Rd. is that though the road is an acceptable width, it does not have a centerline for large portions of its length and this allows a bit more creativity in your line if there is no traffic. Mines Rd. runs along a river valley for the majority of its length and is tight in places, but mostly lacks the tight hairpins that is so prevalent on Mt. Hamilton Rd. and San Antonio Valley Rd and is missing the schizophrenic nature of San Antonio Valley. Instead, Mines Rd. is dominated by sweepers and esses and speeds here can be a bit faster if you are willing to take the risk. In addition, Mines is not as difficult as the other two.
The closer the road gets to Livermore, the more houses start to appear by the side of the road. However, the final section of the road where it is two lanes is slightly different in that it runs along a ridge instead of in the middle of a valley. As it is in the same area as San Antonio Valley and Mt. Hamilton, I would have to guess that there are also wildlife in the area, though I have never actually seen them in the area. Nonetheless, there are plenty of cyclists on the weekends and I have even seen a couple joggers as Mines ends in the vicinity of a park. Mines is also dusty at times in the winter months so keep that in mind. Finally, novice drivers using the entire 60 mile Mt. Hamilton - San Antonio Valley - Mines drive should beware of fatigue as it is a bit demanding, especially for someone who isn't used to driving canyon roads.- Back to Region
Red: Mines Rd.
Blue: San Antonio Canyon Rd.
Yellow: Mt. Hamilton Rd.
Purple: Tesla Rd.
Orange: Patterson Pass Rd.
Cyan: Del Puerto Canyon Rd.
Northern section in Alameda County
Southern section in Santa Clara County (closer detail)
Heading north along the river.