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Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: A Loop Around Pescadero

If a 31-mile jaunt through the rolling hills of coastal California sounds like a day well spent, then this pleasant ride is for you.

Ultimate Sunday Hike: A Romp Around Rockville

The rugged, volcanic rock hills of Rockville Regional Park offer a splendid hike through a timeless landscape of California blue oaks, brush chaparral, and seasonal wetlands. The route includes a couple of remote ponds situated in a delightful grassy valley, a hidden cave, and views of Mt. Diablo to the south, Elkhorn Peak to the west, and the Twin Sisters to the north.

Head to Coyote Hills Regional Park for the Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride

Unless you're a South Bay resident, this jewel of a park might be completely off your radar. Plainly visible across the San Francisco Bay from the Bayshore freeway, it's those hills you see silhouetted behind the San Mateo Bridge when driving south to SFO.

Go With the Flow on the Alameda Creek Trail

One of the East Bay’s best bike rides is a gentle and serene cruise upon the Alameda Creek Trail. Constructed alongside the county’s biggest waterway, this exceptional trail runs uninterrupted for 12 miles from Fremont to the San Francisco Bay.

Bay Area Bucket List: Get to the Top of Mt. Tamalpais

Some outings leave a lasting impression; the trek to the top of Mt. Tam will leave you with the kind of awe-inspiring memories that last a lifetime. 

Bike the Bridges: A Picturesque Ride Over the Carquinez Strait

This week's ultimate Sunday ride is an opportunity to cruise across two of the Bay Area’s major bridges in a two county loop. You’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Carquinez Strait, cover 23 miles, climb 1,550 feet. 

Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Smooth Roads and Gorgeous Views in Healdsburg

Nice, fresh asphalt is icing on the cake for any weekend ride. Head to Healdsburg this Sunday for miles of sweet, smooth road on some of the most scenic routes Wine Country has to offer. 

Ultimate Weekend Hike: Amble Around Marin's Phoenix Lake

Tucked beneath a towering peak, Phoenix Lake is the smallest jewel in a necklace of reservoirs that surround the leeward side of Mt. Tamalpais and serves as a great introduction to the network of hiking trails that crisscross the Marin Municipal Water District’s 147-square-mile watershed.

Weekday Hike: Stunning Views and Great Eats in Tiburon and Belvedere

If there's one thing the movies have taught us, it's that arriving by boat always makes the destination more romantic. Give picturesque Tiburon that advantage by starting your weekday hike with a quick trip on the Blue and Gold ferry from Fisherman's Wharf. Once you've arrived, brace yourself for a breathtaking stroll around the historic homes of both Corinthian and Belvedere Islands. 

Gravel Bikes are Cycling's Hottest Trend, Here's Where to Take Yours This Weekend

New trend alert: gravel bikes bear a resemblance to endurance road bikes, but are outfitted for use on gravel, dirt, or fire roads. No doubt you'll be seeing these babies around town, so here's where to take yours when you finally give in to the peer pressure. 

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