Reynolds Road to nowhere

Nice views of San Francisco Bay from Reynolds Road.

Nice views of San Francisco Bay from Reynolds Road.


I’m sure anyone riding on Hicks Road and passing by Reynolds Road wonders where it goes.

I can tell you: it goes nowhere. That is to say, it goes uphill paved for a mile at a 10 percent grade, or more, before reaching a Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District sign. I'm sure you can imagine what it says: no traipsing.

The road turns private and goes beyond to ranch houses and the like, according to maps.

It's part of the Sierra Azul preserve, MROSD's largest. This section is called Rancho de Guadalupe. It makes one wonder why this road exists and why county tax dollars were used to pave it, if nobody uses it beyond a handful of ranches? Maybe it was because realtor interests anticipated growth here back in the day.

Based on what I've seen perusing topo maps, there are some roads that go to interesting places. One of these days they might even be open to the public.
Reynolds Road off Hicks Road. Open for a mile or so.

5 Responses to “Reynolds Road to nowhere”

  1. Jon Spangler Says:

    “… > > before reaching a Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District sign. I’m sure you can imagine what it says: no traipsing. >

    Ray,

    I think you meant to write “no trespassing” here? Looks like spell checker got you on this one…

    Jon

    >

  2. Slonie Says:

    Back in 2011 or so there was a Midpenn sign (see Google Street View). Now it’s a “AREA CLOSED” sign. Bummer. It definitely goes through to a peak, just check hike/run GPS on Strava…

  3. Slonie Says:

    I should say “goes to a peak”, not “goes through”, because the runners/hikers who went up there still turned around and came back.

  4. Ray Hosler Says:

    Jon, intentional.

  5. David Pletcher Says:

    I rode up this same stretch of road last summer for curiosity’s sake, with the same disappointing result. I had just wiped out on loose gravel at Hicks and Shannon, banging myself up and breaking my shifter lever. This little segment was my booby prize before I limped home. I had meant to ride up Mt. Umunhum Road for my first time but that would have to wait.

    I doubt that this section of the preserve will ever open to the public. I hunted down and read a long geologist’s report commissioned by the district. The area is super-contaminated from the former mercury mines along the uphill side of Hicks Rd.

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