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Lompoc, CA: Nojoqui-Solvang Loop 

Coastal mountain climbs and wine-country cruising make this 51-mile loop ride from Lompoc to Solvang a California cycling dream.

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Author: LVBC
Date: 7 Feb 2008 6:22:00 AM
Activity: Bicycling
State: California (CA)
Distance: 51.15 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 5510 ft
Total Loss: 5510 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: CA Wine Country, California, Lompoc, Santa Ynez Mountains
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

A favorite of the Lompoc Valley Bicycle Club, this ride heads southwest from Lompoc toward the Santa Ynez Mountains along the wide-shouldered and picturesque Highway 1. You’ll have a tailwind, a couple of good climbs, and outstanding mountain views to the north. The sweeping 2-mile, 7-percent descent to Highway 101 and the ensuing climb to Nojoqui Falls Park is definition of California cycling nirvana. Traffic picks up in Buellton and Solvang, but it's manageable. Both towns have plenty of places to stop for a snack or drink. Cruise down the Santa Ynez River Valley’s quiet, pastoral roads to return to Lompoc.

-Mapped by the Lompoc Valley Bicycle Club

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Lompoc, CA: Nojoqui-Solvang Loop

Distance: 51.15 mi Points: 1731
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - Ingram Park Then go 0.12 mi
2 0.12 mi Turn Right - San Julian Rd. Then go 0.03 mi
3 0.15 mi Straight - San Julian Rd./Hwy. 1 Then go 1.51 mi
4 1.66 mi Straight - San Julian Rd./Hwy. 1 Then go 16.29 mi
5 17.95 mi Turn Left - Hwy. 101 Then go 2.32 mi
6 20.27 mi Turn Right - La Lata Pl. Then go 0.85 mi
7 21.12 mi Turn Right - Santa Rosa Rd./Alisal Rd. Then go 7.25 mi
8 28.37 mi Turn Left - Mission Dr./Hwy. 246 Then go 3.56 mi
9 31.93 mi Turn Left - Avenue of the Flags Then go 0.94 mi
10 32.87 mi Turn Right - Santa Rosa Rd. Then go 16.61 mi
11 49.49 mi Turn Right - San Julian Rd./Hwy. 1/Cabrillo Hwy. Then go 1.54 mi
12 51.03 mi Turn Left - Into Ingram Park

Points of Interest

Santa Rosa Park

Location: 34.603753, -120.297933
Santa Rosa Park: A hidden jewel along the Santa Rosa Road.

Pea Soup Andersen's

Location: 34.614703, -120.192490
The world-famous Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton.

Solvang is so bicycle friendly that they have bicycle flags on the lightpoles.

Location: 34.595063, -120.150604

Windmill in Solvang

Location: 34.594215, -120.137558
Nothing says Solvang like a Danish windmill.

Beautiful, tree-covered Alisal Road, on the way to Solvang

Location: 34.560435, -120.144253

Nojoqui Falls Park

Location: 34.534384, -120.178177
Nojoqui Falls Park: A great place to top off your bottles. Take a 10-minute hike up the canyon to see the 100-foot falls. Refill water bottles. The falls are a 10-minute hike up the trail.

Looking north from the Nojoqui grade to snow-capped Figueroa Mountain.

Location: 34.529824, -120.195408

Descent begins

Location: 34.525864, -120.291967
The 2-mile descent down the Las Cruces Grade is followed by the climb up the Nojoqui Grade on the way to Nojoqui Park. Two-mile descent down the Las Cruces Grade

San Julian Ranch

Location: 34.528957, -120.343616
Most of Highway 1 through this area is bordered on both sides by San Julian Ranch, one of the few remaining ranchos from era of the Spanish-Mexican Land Grants.

Jaloma Beach detour

Location: 34.589835, -120.408783
If you take this 14-mile detour for Jalama Beach, you'll climb the Jalachichi grade over the coastal range. Drop down to the beach to enjoy a world-famous Jalama burger. Turnoff for Jalama Beach.


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