Rock Creek With Rocky Point Extension

Length: 48 Miles
Direction: Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 4600 ft
Highest Point: 1522 ft
Recommended Gearing: 39X25

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This is why Skyline remains so popular with cyclistsThis extension of the Rock Creek ride adds in a good deal of climbing, but nothing too dramatic. By turning left off of Elliott Rd onto Skyline instead of right, as in the original route, you can continue for another 4-5 miles (and even beyond if you wish). Skyline leads to Rocky Point Rd, which is essentially the end of the line for paved road. Now you’ll need to consider which way to go. This route turns around on Skyline for the trip home. Another possibility is to turn right on Rocky Point Rd and descend to Hwy 30. The descent is a lot of fun but keep an eye out for gravel in the turns, as is possible with any descent in the area. The downside to doing this, is the stretch of Hwy 30. Although there is a very adequate bike lane, it’s just a flat, wide road home. But if you’ve had your fill of climbing, that might be just what you’re looking for! If so, hop onto the St Johns Bridge when you see it. It’s big. It’s green. It’s hard to miss.

Have a look at the Rocky Point ride description and decide which route you’d like to take. Or consider leaving that choice up to your legs after climbing your way back up to Skyline.

Rock Creek is quiet and beautifulSkyline residents have an artistic sideView from St John's BridgeStart your day by climbing Thompson

One Response to “Rock Creek With Rocky Point Extension”

  1. GnR Says:

    Rock Creek rd is amazing! We didn’t see one single car on the road while we peddled, we just saw 2 deer. Also, the Rocky Point descent is my favorite way to get down from Skyline. Germantown and Newberry are just too steep for me. Rocky Point is still windy and steep, just less so than the previously mentioned.

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