Draped over 500 acres in the Oakland Hills, with expansive views of San Francisco and the Bay, Joaquin Miller Park is a delightful place to hike among towering redwoods. Operated by the city of Oakland it’s named after its former owner, noted local writer and poet Joaquin Miller.
Head here on a mid-week morning and you’d be hard pressed to find a better spot in the Bay Area to get away from it all. The Gerbode Valley offers a hidden sanctuary mere minutes from downtown SF.
The Bay Trail Plan was adopted by the ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) in 1989 with the goal of creating a 500-mile hike around the Bay Area. Now over two thirds complete, there are 338 accesible miles, this hike explores an easy-to-get-to portion of the trail at Oyster Point.
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.
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.
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