Grab your Bike! My Favorite Paso Robles Back Road Ride
By Scott Brennan
One of my favorite pastimes in Paso Robles is going for a road bike ride. We have so many options to choose from, it’s no wonder that our wine country is becoming a destination for cyclists.
There has been a lot of talk recently about what a great experience it is to ride in Paso and how many local cyclists call this place home. Cycling in Paso Robles is a great way to explore the beautiful countryside views and take in the local flavor. My favorite ride is through the west side wineries along Vineyard Drive and Peachy Canyon Road. Expect winding, hilly country roads with no bike lanes. Ride single file. If you start early, you’ll be done before there is very much vehicle traffic.
A great place to start is at the city park in downtown Paso Robles. It’s at 12th St. between Pine and Spring streets. Ride west on 12th St. to Olive St; make a left on Olive St. and a right on Pacific Ave., about a half-mile. Pacific Ave. becomes Peachy Canyon Road as you head west. Get ready for fun, steep climbing. Around the 11-mile point, enjoy the views of the walnut orchard along your left. You can stop in and buy some at the Chateau Margene tasting room.
Now that the glide has slowed your heart down a bit, turn right on Vineyard. Another 4 miles will bring you to Adelaida Road, where you’ll turn right and continue 8 miles. This is the reward portion of the ride with its amazing views and portions of the road covered with a canopy of trees and wildlife. Look for turkeys, deer, quail, and squirrels. This is a great place to stop and take pictures, look out over the valley or visit one of the many tasting rooms if your timing is right. Some tasting rooms are open at 10 a.m. on the weekends.
At the 25-mile point, turn right on Nacimiento Lake Road, which becomes 24th Street as you come into town.
If you’re hungry, stop in at La Reyna Market y Carnicería on 24th between Vine and Spring streets. The carnitas from the outdoor taco stand are memorable. Turn right on Spring Street and left on 12th, heading back to the park at town center.
If it’s still early, check out Amsterdam Coffee House on 13th St. between Spring and Park streets.
Now you’ve got to experience the finer side of life in Paso Robles!
Scott Brennan is a triathlete and recreational cyclist, and is the editor and publisher of Central Coast Active magazine. He owns Access Publishing, a marketing and advertising company in Paso Robles, CA.