Shingle Springs / Deer Valley / Ponderosa Loop

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate (1700' total climbing)
Riding Time: 2 hours  Printable Area Map:  Deer Valley / Ponderosa Loop  (Adobe Acrobat required)
Season to Ride:  All year - except coldest winter days. Ideal in Spring and Fall.  Summer afternoons may be too hot.

Description:  This is a good ride at lower elevations - ideal in the Spring, Fall and Winter seasons (may be too warm during Summer afternoons).  The ride is designed to spend as little time as possible on busy roads (Green Valley and Meder Roads), and maximize your time on the quieter roads such as Deer Valley and Ponderosa Rd.  The starting point is at the local high school (Ponderosa High School), and you can park there in the evenings and weekends.  If you decide to ride during the weekday while school is in session, it is recommended to backtrack to Highway 50  and start at the "Park and Ride" parking lot instead.  This will add about 0.8 mile (mostly flat) to your ride in each direction - or 1.6 miles total to your riding.

Miles  Directions
0.0 Start at Ponderosa High School.  Turn Right on Ponderosa Rd 
0.1 Turn immediately Left on Meder Rd.
2.6 Road ends.  Turn Left on Cameron Park Drive.  Heavy traffic here.
2.7 Turn Right on Oxford Rd.
3.3 Road ends.  Turn Right on Cambridge Rd.
5.0 Road ends.  Turn Left on Green Valley Rd.
6.7 Near bottom of hill, turn (sharp!) right on Deer Valley Rd.
13.8 Deer Valley Rd ends in town of Rescue (groceries available).  Turn Left on Green Valley Rd.  Traffic increases here.
14.2 Top of hill, turn Right on Ponderosa Rd.
17.1 End of ride at Ponderosa High School.
 

Auxiliary start at Highway 50 "Park and Ride"

Miles  Directions
0.0 Start at Highway 50 Park and Ride at Shingle Springs exit.  Cross over Highway 50 (heading north).
0.1 Four way stop intersection.  Continue straight on Ponderosa Rd.
0.4 Road veers towards Left.  Continue on Ponderosa Rd
0.8 Ponderosa High School.  Continue with ride described above.