|Highway 246 - Sweeney Road|
| Sweeney Rd is short, 6.71 mile long ride
filled with twisty bliss and beautiful countryside. While short, this is
another one of those rides that when you reach the end, you look back and
exclaim 'yes!', then turn back around to do it again. I would certainly rank
this as one of my favorites. The actual paved road ends at 6.71 miles but if
your on a dual sport you can get to
Santa Rosa Rd
on the remaining dirt fire road.
Sweeney drops you into 3 separate valleys, where farmers and flower growers dominate the landscape. You're first time out you may be surprised when you think you are at the bottom of the valley, only to drop down to another plateau later in the ride. Traffic is very light on Sweeney although you may see another vehicle occasionally.
I would recommend this ride to everyone. While it is a dead-ender, if you've got enough time for an extra 13 miles of riding then by all means, give yourself a treat and ride Sweeney Rd!
3D Contour Map
Sweeney Rd. is well marked in both directions from Hwy 246.
|Starting up Sweeney Rd...
|Road conditions are excellent as you climb into the first
|Let the twisties begin! A couple patches in the road but no
potholes. It is very ridable.
|Through a nice 'S' curve, coming up to the first valley
|Next you are greeted with this view. It is spectacular. As
you look, you can see Sweeney cut into the mountain on the left hand side and
you begin to anticipate the fun that you know lies ahead.
|Heading down into the valley.
|The road is cut into the mountain and there are some very
steep cliffs which occasionally dump a few rocks and dirt clods out unto the
road. The contrast of the white dirt and black pavement make this easy to see,
keep a close eye out on the way back as you are on the mountain's side of the
|Rounding this nice sweeper with the first valley to your
|Turning around and looking back down the first
|Coming around this tight hairpin, you are sling-shoted
this nice twistie! Oh yea.....
|Coming around the bend you are greeted with the next, lower
valley. You can see the flower fields dotting the flatland.
|Some nice twisties down into the next valley.
|Down into the bottom of the flatlands, the road becomes a
bit patchy. Not to worry, when the twisties pick up again it gets much
|As you can see, road conditions have improved again as you
shoot around this spectacular corner.
And around you come to greet the flower fields on your side.
|Looking over your shoulder at the fields and mountainscapes
that surround you.
|Big oak trees overhang on several sections of the road as
this one does around a fantastic twisty.
|Heading down a relaxing straight and past another big oak
tree. It is such a wonderful experience to be on a road like this, through
country like this, on a motorcycle.
|Blasting up around another wide sweeper...
|Nearing the end of the ride, you are greeted with yet
another lower valley!
|Finally you reach the dirt. If you're a dual-sport rider,
you can continue by going right down the fireroad, then left at the small fork
immediately following and connect to
Road. If you're street bike bound you get to ride Sweeney back to Hwy
Sweeney deserves a little mention of some of the elevated corners. Look at the picture below (which was also presented above). Note the final corner. Because it slopes upward and the other side of the corner slopes downward, it is impossible to determine how sharp the corner actually is on the other side, and Sweeney has a couple which are sharper than you expect. The same is true on the way back, coming from the opposite direction. As some of the corners are very tight, the road can sneak up on you very fast, making them easy to overshoot. So please, use caution on the blind corners and become familiar with Sweeney before you attempt to test your abilities.
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