Today I rode back to Lord Ellis summit via Bald Mountain Road, and down HWY 299. The loop is featured at northcoastbikerides.blogspot.com, but I did their loop backwards. I was worried the road would be snowed in at the top. I risked it and was rewarded by wonderful mountain scenery and sunny weather (I could get used to seeing the fog bank from a distance). Ride statistics are 2hrs58mins for 43.4 miles. Climbing estimated at 5,237ft.
Happy Birthday Heather!