To get to this ride we typically come out of Stockton east on 26 to Mokelumne Hill. We often detour on Paloma Rd out of Valley Springs which I've detailed on another post. This ride starts at Mokelumne Hill east on Hwy 26 for 25 miles where it ends at Hwy 88. On the corner sits Mr Beefys, where you'll find us on a whole lot of Sundays.
Maybe even a 5. This route takes you out of the hot city traffic into the beautiful forested hills and up the base of the sierras through West Point, over two bridges over sometimes calm and other times raging rivers. One offers a place to pull off and dip your feet in the cold water via steps carved in the rock. It's a steep and narrow road/driveway to the parking area though so watch your balance.
The pavement is excellent. Sport bike riders love this road. If riding was a sport like baseball or football, this would be our home field. Guys/gals often come from Sacramento or the Bay Area to ride up here. There are plenty of elevation changes in the hills of course and the best twisties and my favorite switchbacks east of the second bridge. Perfect place to wear down those chicken strips. Always ready to take a Sunday ride up to Mr Beefys for a burger with friends. There's almost always other riders there too. Do be courteous when riding through West Point and we aren't anxious to go in winter due to wet roads and pine needles but mid spring through fall the roads are mostly clear. Can't beat it.
There's fuel in Mokelumne Hill thought we usually top off in Valley Springs before heading up. Restaurant and Deli and at the corner of 26 and 49. West Point has a restaurant that stays busy east of the only stop sign about a quarter mile. And fuel across the street. But I don't know of a better burger and fries than at our end point, Mr Beefys. They feed you plenty and if you have room, a double. Just don't take a nap while riding after. There's fuel just left down Hwy 88 a block too.
For a pure shot of outrageous fun take a right turn onto Jesus Maria Road about 2 miles up Hwy 26 out of Mokelumne Hill. Repaved at the end of 2020 this is my favorite foothill road, twisties abound and no traffic but locals. At the top take a left onto Railroad flat road and prepare yourself for more off the dial foothill road action ending back at Hwy 26 a mile from West Point. You'll have a big smile on your face while you eat your burger at the of this ride but why quit here? Right across the street from the burger place is the road that leads down to the town of Volcano. You can take a left just before Volcano and ride down Sutter Creek to the town of Sutter Creek. Or follow the road straight through Volcano to Charleston Road another epic motorcycle road, short but SWEET! A left on Shake Ridge Road will take you back down the hill Just outside Sutter Creek.