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Napa to the Shores of Lake Berryessa + ADD NEW ROUTE

Motorcycle Roads Napa to the Shores of Lake Berryessa70   in California California35 Miles Miles

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By Anonymous
on April 1, 2007

0.0out of 5

4 Riders rated


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Written Directions

From Napa simply head east on route 121 till it T's into route 128. You then want to take a left on to route 128 and take it north/northeast for about 4.5 miles until you see Berryessa Knoxville Rd on the right. Take a right onto Berryessa Knoxville Rd and now enjoy the ride along the lake for about 15 beautiful miles. That's what I call the end point but actually you could continue on the road and it would take you all the way up to Clear Lake. If you decide to go all the way to Clear Lake, Berryessa turns into Co Rd 140 (Morgan Valley Rd.). Take a left on Hwy. 50, going North and this will drop you into Clear Lake.


This is the hills of the Napa Valley. Windy roads with plenty of places to pull off and suck in the view. Then you travel about 15 magnificent miles as the road that hugs the shore of wonderful Lake Berryessa..

Road Quality

While there are some parts in disrepair the over all quality of the road is awesome

Roadside Amenities

There's really not much along the way but on Sunday mornings there's a restaurant that gets full of bikes of all types where 121 and 128 meet. But you'll be taking this route for the scenery and not the amenities.

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By Guest
on July 29, 2009 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1990

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Stop at Turtle Rock at Lake Berryessa for great egg rolls--hand made there on site. If you decide to travel the Knoxville Road to Clear Lake be aware that there is nothing but nothing on this road --make sure you have gas, snacks and water. The road is also not particularly smooth so it's not to be ridden at a fast pace. DO NOT ride this road until very late in the spring --the small creeks run over the road and create very mossy, extremely slippery spots that can easily take you down. Hwy 128 also connects to Winters so it's easily accessible from the Sacramento area. Check out the Putah Creek Cafe or Cody's for lunch or the Buckhorn for dinner. We ride up from Winters on 128, have egg rolls at Turtle Rock and then continue on 128 over towards Calistoga to Buster's BBQ --great, fingerlickin' food --then we head back home on 121/128. Take your time, watch out for potholes and idiots in cars --especially around the lake in the summer --this is a fun road but we have seen some pretty horrible bike accidents because the bikers were taking the turns faster than they should for their level of experience.

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By Guest
on July 18, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Ducati

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The road leading up to the lake is well-paved, with some awesome tight corners. I went early so as not to hit traffic. I ended up going all the way to Clear Lake. The road quality degrades severely (floods during rain season and potholes created from frost in winter) after Lake Berryessa. Also, be sure to keep tabs on your gas, as I didn't see a place to fill up between the south end of Lake Berryessa and Lower Lake.

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By tr34d
on July 3, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

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Motorcycle Type Sport

Fun road, very remote. The road quality is poor, and is unpaved in sections. During rainy months, the local creeks flood the road. I've not see a single other vehicle on the road when I've gone. Enduro would probably have the most fun here. Going from North to south it spits you out at Berryessa, where the road quality notably improves and traffic picks up slightly. Overall expect great scenery but slow riding. Be aware that you may have to turn back at some point if the road is flooded and plan gas accordingly.

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By Guest
on June 21, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Enduro

We rode this route and did not enjoy it as much as other rides (Woodside, CA) The view at the lake however was very nice. There are several patches to this road and some areas near the lake farther north are spotty going to Clear Lake. There were also many cars to get bunched up with and had to back off to give room to run through turns. Its better to go in the morning. I don't think we'll go back unless with a group.

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