|Highway 101 - Cat Canyon Rd|
|Cat Canyon Rd. is a short little 9.2 mile
ride that connects Hwy 101 to Palmer
Rd, which can be used to connect to
Foxen Canyon Rd. It offers
some nice twisties and descent straightaways and at one point in time had
become a very popular canyon run in the area. However, at the time of this
writing (9/4/02) the road conditions are quite poor. Heavily patched and
quite bumpy, with a few pot-holes and other deterioration. If this road were to
be repaved (and I will keep you posted on that) this would once again
become a very, very nice ride to traverse Hwy 101 to Palmer Rd and Foxen
Cat Canyon does wind through some interesting scenery including vineyards, chaparral, ranches and oil field wastelands. Traffic is also extremely light; I've been on Cat Canyon several times without seeing a single other vehicle.
The Cat Canyon ride was shot heading from Hwy 101 to Palmer Rd.
|From Hwy 101, Cat Canyon is approx. 14.0 miles south from
the Betteravia Rd exit in Santa Maria and approx. 1.25 miles north of Los
3D Contour Map
Cat Canyon Rd is well marked on Hwy 101 from both directions.
|Starting on Cat Canyon Rd, exiting from Hwy 101.
|Through a few vineyards, the road is a bit bumpy but no too
bad at this point.
|Quite quickly you get to road conditions that will continue
for the remainder of the ride. Some collapsed patching, a few potholes and
somewhat bumpy, although bearable. The first couple of miles the road is a
selection of small straightaways and tight 45 to 90 degree corners.
|Heading up to the crest of the canyon...
|Cows, Steer and Oil. That's what it's about in Cat
|At the top of the crest you meet your first cattle gate
crossing, there is one more later in the ride. Just go through in a straight
line with steady speed, no problem.
|At the crest sits this small, working oil/gas refinery. It's
old, and there are really no humans in site....must be somewhat automated. The
noises coming from it sound like the equipment is dying, gasping for last
revolutions in the pumps, about to collapse.
|Going down the canyon the twisties begin. Road conditions
are still quite poor but good enough to provide some fun on the way
|More Oil equipment. This one really moans as the cranks make
their long, slow revolutions.
|Careful on the twisties, there is no guardrail and not much
room for error here.
|If this road ever gets repaved (and I will let you
know) it will be just fantastic! The twistie section on the way down is a
bit unique, with some tight ones such as this one at the base of the
|Heading down into the valley, still on some nice twistie
|They hide oil junk everywhere out here.
|Down at the base of the valley and the second cattle grate.
The hills are quite brown as this ride was initially shot in the late summer of
2002. Green chaparral dots the country side.
|A couple more miles of some nice twisties. Road conditions
have improved here slightly, but are still in less than favorable
|Through some final straights nearing Palmer Rd.
|End of the line, Palmer Road. From here you can go West
and back to Hwy 101 or East , to Foxen Canyon Rd.
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