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Road Biking the Berkeley-Oakland Hills

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. 

Take the Giant Highway for Non-Stop Views at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Mt. Tamalpais and the Vallejo ferry from the aptly named Bay View Trail in Pinol

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.

Top 5 Road Bike Climbs in SF and the Peninsula

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. 

Weekend Hike: The Steps and Lanes of Mill Valley

For this weekend's hike, head across the bridge to Mill Valley for a badonk-enhancing workout. 

Ride Levi Leipheimer's Legendary GranFondo

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.

Fabulous Views at Hood Mountain Regional Park

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.

The Ultimate Weekend Bike Ride: Chugging Along the Iron Horse Trail

The North Iron Horse Trailin Concord CA

The East Bay’s Iron Horse Trail is one of the premier cycling routes in the state, providing the residents of Concord and the San Ramon Valley varied recreational (and transportation) opportunities.

Hike the Rugged Bluffs of Mori Point

Occupying a sentinel position at the southern Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mori Point sits upon a rugged coastal promontory south of Pacifica in San Mateo County. Offering all types of hiking, its 110 acres are home to the San Francisco garter snake, once North America’s most endangered reptile as well as red-legged frogs and amazing spring wildflower blooms. 

Explore Rural Sonoma and Marin Cycling Valley Ford Road

Finding a new place to ride is one of the many delights of cycling. The rolling hills and dairy pastures of northwestern Marin County and southern Sonoma offer some of the best opportunities to meander through untraveled roads, find solitude, and admire classic California landscapes.

Hike Maisie's Peak for Spectacular South Bay Views

A short drive and a mildly strenuous hike deliver great rewards at one of the South Bay's most accessible open spaces. Located on the western, urban fringe of Santa Clara County, the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve protects over 739 rugged acres.

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