A road cyclist’s favorite, the Flower Farm loop is Placer County at its best, blending suburban residential areas in Roseville, Granite Bay and Loomis with ranchettes and orchards. The star attraction may be Flower Farm Inn, a destination some argue is the whole point of the ride. Starting at Maidu Park, the route mapped by the Sacramento Bike Hikers features lots of turns and just one 3-mile stretch along East Roseville Parkway.
Distance: 41.6 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced, with more than 1,800 feet of climbing
Parking: Maidu Park
Restrooms: Flower Farm Cafe, when you stop for lunch
Things to see and do: For a fun little detour early in your ride, turn left instead of right on Eureka Road and pull into 6232 Eureka Road to visit the charmingly rustic Otow Orchard and farm stand in Granite Bay. You may be lucky enough to meet the 104-year-old matriarch, Helen Otow, while sampling seasonal fruit like plums, mulberries and loquats. The route also runs along a chunk of the Loomis Basin Barn Quilt Trail, where you can spot painted versions of handmade quilts, including several at historic Struble Ranch, off Dick Cook Road. Flower Farm Inn, with its cafe on Horseshoe Bar Road, is the best place for a patio lunch under the shade of willow trees. The gift shop and the Casque Wines Tasting Room shops are right next door.