Cycling and river kayaking are dominate sports in the Hopland area as it’s the perfect enter point from which to stage meet-ups and relax with wine and beer afterwards.
Cyclist can enjoy the following public routes:
A scenic, challenging ride for the seasoned cyclist. Head southwest up the beautiful rural Mountain House Road and climb towards Boonville. Take a break in Boonville to rest stop then head down the scenic and winding Highway 253 to Ukiah, riding north through vineyards and the rolling hills of Redwood Valley. Cross the Lake Mendocino dam, and head south over mostly flat roads down Old River Road through vineyards and farmland to the finish in Hopland.
This metric century is defined by long, fairly flat sections running through beautiful vineyards and pasture lands with a couple moderate climbs along the way. Head north up the vineyard lined Old River Road to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage. From Talmage, ride north through Ukiah and up to Redwood Valley. Enjoy the scenic farmlands of Redwood Valley before heading south to cross Lake Mendocino dam and wind your way back to Old River Road to finish in Hopland.
Hardly any hills, just a scenic ride amongst vineyards, pear ranches and farmland. Ride east of Hopland, through the vineyards along Old River Road to Talmage and the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Loop through vineyard lined roads then return to Old River Road and finish in Hopland.
Seasoned kayakers can enjoy paddling down the Russian River with put ins just south of Hopland. There are various segments between Hopland and Asti that offer class I to III rapids depending on the season.
UC Hopland Research and Extension Center this fall and winter for walks, talks and workshops
Details and registration for all events at http://hrec.ucanr.edu
Space on all events limited – register now to avoid disappointment
Native Bees in YOUR Backyard• September 17th• 10am-2pm • $40
How can you encourage your garden to be buzzing with life? Join Kate Frey and the UC Urban Bee Lab to find out …
My Friend the Woodpecker • September 17th • 6pm-8pm • $5
Dr. Walt Koenig, visiting Cornell scientist, describes the crazy and sometimes bizarre world of the acorn woodpecker.
Hopland Hikes: Acorn Harvest • October 8th • 10am-12pm • FREE
Join oak experts to identify oak trees on our site and help us to save acorns for oak regeneration efforts!
HREC Harvest Celebration • October 15th • 10am-2pm • $65
Delicious food catered by Black Dog Farm, great music from Gibson Creek bluegrass band and the chance to meet our
Help us raise funds for nature trails on our site by taking part in our silent auction of oak inspired art and experiences.
Counting Traffic’s Daily Harvest • October 20th • 6pm-7:30pm • $5
Dr. Fraser Shilling from the UC Davis Road Ecology Center joins us to explain the extent and significance of the roadkill we observe.
Hopland Sheepdog Trials • November 12-13th • 10am-2pm • $5
Watch these sharp-eyed, quick-witted dogs at this our 5th annual trials, in partnership with the US Border Collie Handler’s
Hopland Hikes: Seasonal Greetings Hike • December 10th • 10am-12pm • $20
Enjoy the red berries of madrones and clumps of mistletoe as we hike and create wreaths with some of our native boughs
Hopland Hikes: Meet the Lambs • January 14th • 10am-2pm • $5
Meet our newly born lambs at this family friendly short hike (strollers and toddlers welcome!)