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.
University of California’s Hopland Research and Extension Center, nestled in the hills of east Hopland, offers natural history walks, talks, and workshops throughout the year. Space on all events limited – register now to avoid disappointment. http://hrec.ucanr.edu