General Route Description
This route is short but challenging. With climbs of 2 miles, 1 mile, and 3 miles in that order, it is a test of your climbing legs, and there are some rollers in between. For the climbing, you are rewarded with great vistas and a downhill that doesn't seem to end.
Edray to Highland Scenic Highway: From Edray, have a short steep climb after passing the fish hatchery, before the 2 mile winding shaded climb at Woodrow. Topping out the Woodrow climb, your enter the Williams River drainage. You ride through a beautiful farming area and are going downgrade with a few short steep ramps. Crossing the Williams River, you soon begin the one mile climb with variable pitch. Topping out the climb, you have a long downgrade to the junction with the Highland Scenic Highway.
Highland Scenic Highway to Edray: Taking a left onto the on ramp for the Scenic Highway and a right on the highway, you cross the Williams River and begin the 3 mile climb. This climb is steeper at the bottom than at the top, but is pretty consistent from top to bottom. You hope it is not a hot sunny day, as you have no shade on this climb. After reaching the overlook at the top, you have an excuse to take a break to check out the view, but you still have a little more climbing to do. After topping the last little climbing, it is all downhill. After a long downhill and passing another pull off overlook, you arrive at Rt. 219 junction. Taking a right here, you still have 3 miles of twisting, turning downhill before arriving at the finish.
I usually extend this ride by going out Co. 1, Back Mt. Rd., to Co. 16. Taking a right onto Co. 16 takes you to Co. 15, and a right on Co. 15 take you down to US 219. Taking a right on US 219 and then a left at the end of the bridge onto 219/3 at Campbelltown, takes you back to Co. 17 and the original route. When doing the extended route, I usually start at Marlin Chapel. The extended route is 33.3 miles.
The only public food and water sources on the route, is the convenience store in Edray at the junction of US 219 and Co. 17.