The Cross Marin Trail is a wonderful route for a safe family bike ride. You’ll find it level, smooth-surfaced, and isolated from vehicles as it winds alongside picturesque Lagunitas Creek above the former roadbed of a long defunct railroad.
Easily accessible, the Tomales Bay Trail offers sweeping vistas of Inverness Ridge to the west and Black Mountain to the east.
The counter-clockwise 56-mile loop up to Point Reyes Station takes in a wide variety of the roads and scenery that makes Marin such a special place to spin. There are a few challenging climbs in the 3,800 feet of elevation gain and you’ll have a number of excellent opportunities for pace-lining should you make this a group ride. Expect bucolic scenery and spectacular vistas.
Offering some of the most stunning views in a city famous for them, a hike on the Coastal Trail at Lands Ends is a San Francisco bucket list-must for residents and tourists alike.
A vigorous ascent into the Berkeley and Oakland Hills offers spectacular views of San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Mt. Tamalpais. Combine this with a quiet, vehicle free climb into little-known Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and we think you'll have a new favorite Sunday ride.
The Point Pinole Regional Shoreline owes its existence to explosives. More than a hundred years ago, black powder was produced in San Francisco for use in the gold mines of the Sierras. After numerous factory explosions, the manufacture of such substances was deemed too dangerous for populated areas and the companies were exiled to the East Bay – Albany, El Cerrito, and Point Pinole.
The best bike climbs offer a range of qualities that driven cyclists crave when out for a good pedal mashing— altitude, attitude, fortitude, and solitude. Here are the top five road bike climbs in San Francisco and the peninsula from north to south.
For this weekend's hike, head across the bridge to Mill Valley for a badonk-enhancing workout.
2014 marks the 6th year of one of Northern California's premier cycling events, Levi Leipheimer's GranFondo, in Santa Rosa. Held the first Saturday in October, it has quickly become the biggest ride of the year for local cyclists, a rite of passage for many, and even attracts riders from around the world.
For this week's hike you'll endure a rugged (but beautiful) climb up Hood Mountain for the satisfaction of 1,600 feet of elevation and breathtaking views in all directions.
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