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Legal Mountain Biking You Can Get To Without a Car

Mountain Biking SF

With Santa Cruz to the South, Marin to the North and Tahoe to the East, there’s some decent mountain biking in the Bay Area. But you don’t have to get in a car or spend a full weekend away to get some good trail riding in. There are plenty of fun trails here in the city—or just a bike or BART ride away. Here are my top picks for car-free local and legal mountain biking right:

Scenes of the City: Golden Gate Park

The days may be shorter but the city is warmer and this weekend is promising temps in the upper 70's (finally!).

A San Francisco summer day is best spent in our crown jewel of Golden Gate Park where you can walk, bike, skate, picnic, play, and laze the day away. There are endless secret spots to stumble upon and you could spend years exploring and never see it all. 

Need inspiration? Here's how some locals and visitors spent last weekend in the park.

Scenes of the City: San Bruno Mountain State Park

It's in the corner of your eye as you're headed to the airport–the ridgeline dotted with radio towers looming as you drive south. San Bruno Mountain State Park is a sprawling ridgeline of trails and roads that takes up 2,326 acres along SF's southern edge.

Ready or Not: Tahoe Tough Mudder This Weekend

Before this summer, I had never run more than a mile at a time and thought a burpee was something only babies did. I am not an athlete. But this Sunday, I have to be.

In just over a day, I'll be joining five of my closest friends in what will perhaps be the most ridiculous challenge of our lives to date. For this, we blame Brian, who started obsessing about team-building activities earlier this year and got the harebrained idea that we'd all love to try a Tough Mudder—you know, that crazy obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces that tests "your all around strength, stamina, and mental grit." Clearly, persuasion is Brian's forte—by July, all of us suckers had signed up for the team.

Pedal On! The Best Bay Area Bike Trails for Kids

Kid Riding Bike

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: The Sonoma Mountain Loop

To my mind, there’s no better way to spend a late summer day than to take a bike ride in Wine Country. This loop up and around Sonoma Mountain can done in as little as two hours or extended in to a day long excursion.

Just Say Om: It's National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga month, with many free events and classes happening around the city. No matter if you are a pro at supta baddha konasana or are still struggling to touch your toes, now is the perfect time to try yoga for the first time, check out a fresh studio, or experiment with a new style. Here are some ways to get your yoga on—without spending a dime.

The Bay Area’s Beloved Mecca for Outdoor Adventure

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

Scenes of the City: Sumo Wrestling in Japantown

Sumo wrestlers from all over the world convened in San Francisco's Japantown this weekend for a series of exhibition matches.

Video: Stunt Bike Rider Danny MacAskill Versus San Francisco

If you’re not a trials rider or a fan of X-Games biking, you may never have heard of Danny MacAskill. I hadn’t — until this video of him stunt riding around San Francisco was released this week. Now I’ve fallen into the wormhole that is YouTube trials bike videos.

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