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Fun
2
Scenic
6
Aerobic
2
Technical
1

Alameda Creek Trail

Alameda Creek Trail

A casual ride on an easy and flat recreational trail that is not too special other than being somewhat more scenic than usual and giving you a choice of paved or dirt riding.

23 miles       300' climb       3 hours       62% FIRE ROAD38% PAVED
Fun
5
Scenic
3
Aerobic
5
Technical
2

Almaden Quicksilver Park

Almaden Quicksilver Park

This ride will allow you to exhaust most of the biking options in this historic park in a single loop.

10.5 miles       1800' climb       2 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Alpine Road to Windy Hill

Alpine Road to Windy Hill

A long loop that strings together a little bit of everything, within easy access from the Peninsula and the South Bay.

16.5 miles       2750' climb       3.5 hours       21% SINGLETRACK41% FIRE ROAD38% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
10
Aerobic
3
Technical
2

Angel Island

Angel Island

A ride easy enough for the entire family (especially in shortened form), with panoramic views of the bay. Some sites of historic interest are also available as a bonus.

10.5 miles       1350' climb       2.5 hours       49% FIRE ROAD51% PAVED
Fun
9
Scenic
4
Aerobic
9
Technical
8

Annadel (Suggestion 1)

Annadel (Suggestion 1)

A full-blown mountain biking playground with a first-class trail network large enough for all-day rides and technical enough for the most serious riders.

18.5 miles       2800' climb       5.5 hours       59% SINGLETRACK41% FIRE ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
3
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

Annadel (Suggestion 2)

Annadel (Suggestion 2)

A relatively short technical singletrack ride, though still a very fun one at this wonderful mountain biking "amusement park".

12 miles       1800' climb       3.5 hours       75% SINGLETRACK14% FIRE ROAD11% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
4
Aerobic
4
Technical
4

Arastradero

Arastradero

A small city park with a reasonable selection of singletrack and fire roads that would be a good place for a beginner due to having no big climbs, as well as a "quickie" option for an experienced rider.

7 miles       1350' climb       2 hours       63% SINGLETRACK37% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
4
Technical
3

Berry Creek Falls

Berry Creek Falls

An easy out-and-back fire-road ride that reaches a pretty waterfall after an additional half-mile hike. Plus, you end up at the beach when you finish the ride. Not bad.

13 miles       1200' climb       3 hours       26% SINGLETRACK67% FIRE ROAD7% PAVED
Fun
6
Scenic
2
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Big Basin

Big Basin

This big and remote park is not a prime destination for mountain biking, but still provides a few opportunities for a forest ramble like this one.

14 miles       2350' climb       4 hours       43% FIRE ROAD57% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
7
Aerobic
5
Technical
2

Black Diamond Mines

Black Diamond Mines

A ride that provides a heaping dose of mining history and a heaping dose of fire road riding, through admittedly interesting terrain (though not from a mountain-biking point of view).

9.5 miles       2050' climb       2.5 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
5

Bolinas Ridge

Bolinas Ridge

A ride whose one half is over-tame and whose other half features a (short but) torturous climb. But, it still manages to include some of the most scenic stretches of what must be one of Marin's most fun fire roads.

13.5 miles       1600' climb       2.5 hours       68% FIRE ROAD24% PAVED8% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
6
Aerobic
6
Technical
2

Briones (Suggestion 1)

Briones (Suggestion 1)

A short fire-road loop over the roller coaster of rolling East Bay hills that follows ridgetops along most of its length.

8.5 miles       2150' climb       2 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
6
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Briones (Suggestion 2)

Briones (Suggestion 2)

A strenuous ride through picturesque terrain with occasional views, but on trails that only fire road lovers could cherish.

14 miles       3400' climb       4 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
6
Aerobic
4
Technical
4

Brushy Peak

Brushy Peak

A short ride at what is no more than a local workout option, but it's not without a pleasant surprise. Be prepared for climbs and for the absence of shade though.

6.5 miles       1400' climb       1.5 hours       26% SINGLETRACK74% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
5
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Butano State Park

Butano State Park

The only bike ride in this park is this fire-road loop, but the main climb is relatively gentle, the nature is gorgeous, and where else can you bike your way to a landing strip on a mountain top?

14.5 miles       2750' climb       3.5 hours       87% FIRE ROAD13% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

Camp Tamarancho

Camp Tamarancho

Beautiful, twisty, bike-legal, technical singletrack. A true rarity in Marin County. This is one of the best rides on the site.

11 miles       1900' climb       3.5 hours       70% SINGLETRACK2% FIRE ROAD28% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
5
Aerobic
2
Technical
1

Cañada Road

Canada Road

An easy and nearly flat out-and-back road ride that would make a good candidate for a moderate workout ride if done quickly or a scenic casual ride if you take it slowly.

18.5 miles       1000' climb       2 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
8
Aerobic
4
Technical
2

Carquinez Scenic Drive

Carquinez Scenic Drive

An easy and nicely scenic road ride option that can fit the bill when you don't have too much time for your ride, unless you greatly extend it by using one of many options.

19.5 miles       1700' climb       2.5 hours       9% PAVED91% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Cheese Factory Loop

Cheese Factory Loop

Easily one of the prettiest, most scenic, and most secluded road rides you can do in Marin, and it doesn't even take extraordinary physical shape to pull it off.

35 miles       2650' climb       4 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
7
Aerobic
4
Technical
4

China Camp

China Camp

The most fun, sweetest, and most scenic beginner-level singletrack that you can find in the Bay Area.

10 miles       1250' climb       2.5 hours       92% SINGLETRACK5% FIRE ROAD3% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

Coyote Creek Trail

Coyote Creek Trail

A long out-and-back ride on a flat-and-easy paved recreational trail. Friendly enough for the whole family and long enough to while away most of the day (at family-riding speeds).

31.5 miles       800' climb       3 hours       100% PAVED
Fun
2
Scenic
8
Aerobic
3
Technical
2

Coyote Hills

Coyote Hills

A small but scenic park with mostly flat dirt-road riding with a handful of short and steep climbs thrown in.

13 miles       1250' climb       2 hours       2% SINGLETRACK71% FIRE ROAD26% PAVED1% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
4
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Deer Park and Repack Roads

Deer Park and Repack Roads

A ride for experiencing the famous Repack Road while getting there through a course following Fairfax fire roads.

12.5 miles       2100' climb       2.5 hours       60% FIRE ROAD40% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
3
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

DeLaveaga Park

DeLaveaga Park

This little gem of a park is chock-full of technical singletrack, though it still doesn't add up to more than a local option.

9 miles       1550' climb       3 hours       75% SINGLETRACK9% FIRE ROAD16% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Del Valle

DelValle

A bit of a hidden gem in the amount of available singletrack with respect to other East Bay parks, though that's only true for this one route. A scenic, non-technical ride, for those who are okay with some steep climbs.

14 miles       2700' climb       2.5 hours       45% SINGLETRACK55% FIRE ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
2
Aerobic
8
Technical
9

Demo Forest (Braille Trail)

Demo Forest (Braille Trail)

Possibly the most-often-ridden route at this prime mountain biking destination, which traverses the most popular Braille Trail.

13 miles       2350' climb       3.5 hours       39% SINGLETRACK46% FIRE ROAD15% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
1
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

Demo Forest (Corral Trail)

Demo Forest (Corral Trail)

The shortest "full" loop you can make at Demo Forest. It misses some of the best trails, but might fill a need for an easier ride or for a second loop.

11 miles       1800' climb       2.5 hours       33% SINGLETRACK50% FIRE ROAD17% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
2
Aerobic
8
Technical
8

Demo Forest (Sawpit Trail)

Demo Forest (Sawpit Trail)

The longest single loop possible at this first-rate mountain biking destination.

15 miles       2750' climb       4 hours       39% SINGLETRACK49% FIRE ROAD12% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

El Sereno

El Sereno

This preserve does not provide any good loop options but, as long as you're okay with climbing on fire roads, this is a good and scenic workout option for this vicinity.

11 miles       2300' climb       2.5 hours       66% FIRE ROAD34% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
9
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Fairfax to Mount Tam Loop

Fairfax to Mount Tam Loop

A road ride that encircles Mount Tam, providing forests, one lake, ocean views, enticingly curvy roads, and a string of suburban towns.

31.5 miles       3700' climb       4 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
5
Aerobic
2
Technical
1

Foothill Expressway

Foothill Expressway

A flat, safe, and easy (if a little busy) road ride that is an option that's obvious to all locals, and whose main appeal is as a starting point for longer rides rather than as this brief out-and-back.

19 miles       650' climb       1.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Fifield-Cahill Ridge

Fifield-Cahill Ridge

A fire-road ride you can do by reservation only, on a very scenic trail along the Peninsula that you don't normally get to see.

15 miles       2400' climb       3.5 hours       69% FIRE ROAD31% PAVED
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
9
Technical
6

Fort Ord (2007 Sea Otter course)

Fort Ord (2007 Sea Otter course)

A long and challenging trail ride along what used to be the course of the Sea Otter cross-country race.

19.5 miles       3500' climb       6 hours       34% SINGLETRACK54% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED10% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
5
Aerobic
9
Technical
6

Fort Ord (2012 Sea Otter course)

Fort Ord (2012 Sea Otter course)

Another long and rewarding trail ride in this huge playground, this one along a more recently used Sea Otter race course.

21.5 miles       3500' climb       4.5 hours       40% SINGLETRACK50% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED7% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Fremont Older

Fremont Older

A small park that has some very nice ride possibilities for locals, but does not offer enough to be considered a riding destination.

6 miles       1400' climb       2 hours       54% SINGLETRACK46% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
10
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Golden Gate to Sausalito

Golden Gate to Sausalito

A longer and more challenging version of what's possibly San Francisco's most popular bike ride. It can still be shortened and made easier to match any skill and form level with a couple of quick adjustments.

25.5 miles       2800' climb       6.5 hours       19% FIRE ROAD19% PAVED62% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
5
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Grant Ranch

Grant Ranch

A challenging fire-road ride in typical East Bay scenery and not too much else.

17 miles       3600' climb       4.5 hours       5% SINGLETRACK89% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED3% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
3
Aerobic
8
Technical
6

Grizzly Flat and Charcoal Grade

Grizzly Flat and Charcoal Grade

A short loop that has you descending a mediocre forest fire road only to do one of the region's most notorious climbs, but redeems itself with some sweet singletrack near the end, not to mention two cute creek crossings.

10.5 miles       2550' climb       3.5 hours       48% SINGLETRACK52% FIRE ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
9
Aerobic
1
Technical
3

Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

A family-grade ride on a trail that's more scenic than any other casual trail, at least if you can catch a day without fog.

16.5 miles       500' climb       2 hours       3% SINGLETRACK21% FIRE ROAD70% PAVED6% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
2

Half Moon Bay Road Loop

Half Moon Bay Road Loop

Possibly the shortest and easiest road loop you can do to sample some of the beauty of the Peninsula coast backroads.

24.5 miles       2100' climb       2.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Harvey Bear Ranch

Harvey Bear Ranch

As nice as a fire-road loop can get in the East Bay or South Bay. An easy and short ride with good views.

10.5 miles       1700' climb       3 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
4
Aerobic
3
Technical
5

Helen Putnam

Helen Putnam

A small but good selection of singletrack trails that make up a decent easy ride option for locals who are willing to do multiple loops.

5.5 miles       1100' climb       1.5 hours       66% SINGLETRACK19% FIRE ROAD13% PAVED2% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
6

Henry Coe (Grizzly Gulch)

Henry Coe (Grizzly Gulch)

This short loop mixes some scenery, fire road climbing, fun singletrack, and plenty of creek crossings, to add up to easy fun at this remote park.

9.5 miles       2600' climb       2.5 hours       77% SINGLETRACK23% FIRE ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
7

Henry Coe (Jackson and Dexter Trails)

Henry Coe (Jackson and Dexter Trails)

A short, fun, and easily accessible loop at one of the remotest wilderness areas you can access near the Bay Area.

13 miles       2600' climb       3 hours       50% SINGLETRACK19% FIRE ROAD31% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
5
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

Henry Coe (Middle Ridge Loop)

Henry Coe (Middle Ridge Loop)

One of the better known loops at this big mountain biking destination that provides fairly technical singletrack while avoiding too much steep climbing.

13.5 miles       2900' climb       4 hours       66% SINGLETRACK32% FIRE ROAD2% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
3
Aerobic
2
Technical
1

Iron Horse Trail

Iron Horse Trail

An easy, flat, and wide casual trail that doesn't involve too much fun or scenery, but provides pleanty of mileage. Lots and lots of unchallenging mileage.

29 miles       700' climb       3 hours       100% PAVED
Fun
7
Scenic
4
Aerobic
5
Technical
6

Joaquin Miller

Joaquin Miller

A small city park with trails for all skills levels, most of them singletrack.

11 miles       2200' climb       4 hours       54% SINGLETRACK41% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED4% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
4
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Kennedy Road

Kennedy Road

An iconic South Bay loop aimed mainly at doing a famously challenging fire-road climb.

13.5 miles       2750' climb       3.5 hours       68% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED30% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
6

Lagoon Valley

Lagoon Valley

Not a lot of trails in this park, but it fulfills the need for decent singletrack surprisingly well in an area that has little of it.

8 miles       1450' climb       2 hours       69% SINGLETRACK22% FIRE ROAD9% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
5
Technical
2

La Honda - Pescadero Loop

La Honda - Pescadero Loop

One of the least challenging road rides you can do on the coast side of the Peninsula while still seeing almost the full spectrum of geography here as well as several favorite spots of cyclists.

29 miles       2350' climb       3 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
6
Aerobic
4
Technical
3

Lake Chabot

Lake Chabot

Starts out as an easy and paved lake-shore ride. Continues as a moderate fire-road climb and hillside stroll.

13.5 miles       1900' climb       3 hours       76% FIRE ROAD24% PAVED
Fun
4
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Las Trampas

Las Trampas

A ride of extremely steep climbs, partially redeemed by good views and pretty nature, but with little else to offer overall.

14 miles       3100' climb       3 hours       60% FIRE ROAD21% PAVED19% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
6
Aerobic
3
Technical
2

Lexington Reservoir Loop

Lexington Reservoir Loop

An easy, mostly-road loop around a reservoir with plenty of water views and almost no challenge.

11.5 miles       1300' climb       2 hours       7% SINGLETRACK27% FIRE ROAD4% PAVED62% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
3
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

The Loop (Stanford)

The Loop (Stanford)

A locally well-known short road loop that's unchallenging and almost flat, but is a good quickie workout option for those who live nearby.

14 miles       800' climb       1 hour       100% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
3
Aerobic
2
Technical
2

Los Gatos Creek Trail

Los Gatos Creek Trail

An easy, paved, family-grade ride that is well located to be useful to many people and that manages to be peaceful and pretty (though crowded) despite cutting through fairly dense portions of the South Bay.

16.5 miles       600' climb       1.5 hours       98% PAVED2% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
4
Technical
4

Marin Headlands (Marincello, Bobcat, Miwok Trails)

Marin Headlands (Marincello, Bobcat, Miwok Trails)

A short fire-road loop in the scenic hills of Marin Headlands that hits two particular short trails, each of which is worth seeing for its own little quirk.

9.5 miles       1650' climb       2 hours       12% SINGLETRACK73% FIRE ROAD15% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
9
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Marin Headlands (Miwok, Dias Ridge, Middle Green Gulch Trails)

Marin Headlands (Miwok, Dias Ridge, Middle Green Gulch Trails)

This ride across two valleys and two ridges in Marin provides a good sampling of the trail environments and trailside attractions in the headlands, not to mention a surprising amount of smooth (though tame) singletrack.

12.5 miles       2300' climb       4 hours       40% SINGLETRACK51% FIRE ROAD5% PAVED4% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Marshall - Chileno Valley Loop

Marshall - Chileno Valley Loop

A long road loop through idyllic pastureland, scenic coastal roads, and through rustic settlements on various Marin County backroads.

48 miles       3950' climb       5 hours       2% PAVED98% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
10
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Mission Peak

Mission Peak

An otherwise undistinguished ride up a fire road leading to a popular East Bay mountain peak that's worth it just for the views. Stay away if you hate steep climbs, though.

11.5 miles       2600' climb       3.5 hours       5% SINGLETRACK71% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED22% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
6
Technical
4

Monte Bello Open Space

Monte Bello Open Space

This short ride will take you to the peak of Black Mountain while getting you to sample most of the singletrack in the park in a single ride.

8 miles       1600' climb       2 hours       70% SINGLETRACK30% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Montebello Road - Stevens Canyon Loop

Montebello Road - Stevens Canyon Loop

A mixed ride that's both challenging and fun. As mixed rides go, this is one of the better ones that I know of, and could make it into many riders' favorites lists.

18 miles       3050' climb       3.5 hours       11% SINGLETRACK32% FIRE ROAD57% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Morgan Territory

Morgan Territory

A ride whose appeal is limited to lovers of nature and the outdoors, and whose climbs are meant for masochists and superhumans.

12.5 miles       3350' climb       4 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
10
Aerobic
8
Technical
5

Mount Diablo (Mitchell Canyon to the peak)

Mount Diablo (Mitchell Canyon to the peak)

A killer climb that takes you to a killer mountain peak with killer views. While the ride is mostly on fire roads, you'll still get to flex some technical singletrack riding and tricky loose descent muscles as well.

15 miles       3900' climb       5.5 hours       7% SINGLETRACK71% FIRE ROAD22% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
10
Aerobic
8
Technical
6

Mount Diablo (Mothers, Diablo Ranch, Buckeye Trails)

Mount Diablo (Mothers, Diablo Ranch, Buckeye Trails)

A tough ride for those who are okay with plenty of steep climbs that samples several of the precious few bike-legal singletrack trails on Mount Diablo. The panoramic views and some appeal for those who like creek crossings are bonuses.

12 miles       3250' climb       3.5 hours       22% SINGLETRACK66% FIRE ROAD12% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
3
Aerobic
7
Technical
6

Mount Diablo (Oyster Point Trail)

Mount Diablo (Oyster Point Trail)

An out-and-back ride for sampling a singletrack gem on Mount Diablo, which makes this a worthwhile ride option even though it doesn't provide you much else.

12 miles       3150' climb       4 hours       57% SINGLETRACK43% FIRE ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
9
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Mount St. Helena

Mount St. Helena

Simply a straight mountain climb up a smooth fire road with not too much biking interest but some historic curiosity and plenty of stupendously distant vistas.

12.5 miles       3100' climb       3 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Mount Tam (Deer Park Road and Coastal Trail)

Mount Tam (Deer Park Road and Coastal Trail)

A short and relatively easy loop that still manages to hit a number of the highlights of riding on Mount Tam.

11.5 miles       1900' climb       3 hours       20% SINGLETRACK36% FIRE ROAD44% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
10
Aerobic
9
Technical
5

Mount Tam (Eldridge Grade and Rock Spring Trail)

Mount Tam (Eldridge Grade and Rock Spring Trail)

A long fire-road ride that allows you to experience the northern slopes of Mount Tam from its lowest foothills in the lakes area, all the way to East Peak.

20 miles       3350' climb       6 hours       68% FIRE ROAD32% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
10
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Mount Tam (Old Railroad and Eldridge Grades)

Mount Tam (Old Railroad and Eldridge Grades)

A climb up Mount Tam via the easiest route you can take by bike, followed by a fun descent on a rocky and technical fire road. The views are world-class!

12.5 miles       2300' climb       3 hours       89% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED8% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
7
Aerobic
5
Technical
4

Nicasio Reservoir Loop

Nicasio Reservoir Loop

My shortest and easiest suggestion for an "idyllic Marin road ride", for those times when you have the least amount of time and energy available.

27 miles       1500' climb       3 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
1
Aerobic
4
Technical
2

Old Haul Road

Old Haul Road

An almost-flat out-and-back ride on a fire road for beginners. The good part is that it's under dense redwood cover and is arguably a true wilderness.

12.5 miles       1350' climb       2 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
10

Oat Hill Mine Road

Oat Hill Mine Road

A top-notch advanced ride for experienced riders who cherish technical trails. Postcard-like views are a bonus.

10.5 miles       2300' climb       4 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
2
Aerobic
7
Technical
5

Old La Honda Road (road loop)

Old La Honda Road (road loop)

A moderate road loop aimed at experiencing this popular road climb coupled with a fast and fun descent, while staying as far out of the way of busy traffic as possible.

19 miles       2600' climb       2.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
5
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Old La Honda Road (trail loop)

Old La Honda Road (trail loop)

One of the most well-known road climbs of the South Bay, followed by a quick return via a fire-road descent.

8.5 miles       1550' climb       2 hours       5% SINGLETRACK29% FIRE ROAD66% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
6

Pacheco State Park

Pacheco State Park

There's enough singletrack to knock yourself out in this often overlooked, surprisingly fun, and surprisingly challenging park.

11 miles       2550' climb       4 hours       38% SINGLETRACK56% FIRE ROAD5% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
9
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Pacifica

Pacifica

A forked exploration of one of the most popular trail networks of the Peninsula that you can vary from an easy out-and-back to a full traversal that includes a mountain climb.

17 miles       3100' climb       4 hours       18% SINGLETRACK28% FIRE ROAD52% PAVED2% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
4
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Palomares Road

Palomares Road

An unchallenging road loop that manages to stay away from heavy traffic for the most part while also managing to be relatively secluded and fairly satisfying.

28.5 miles       2050' climb       3 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
8
Aerobic
5
Technical
1

Pescadero - San Gregorio Loop

Pescadero - San Gregorio Loop

A very manageable road ride that can show you much of what the Peninsula coast has to offer, from tiny cute towns, to world class views, to cozy country roads, without taking up most of your day.

29 miles       1900' climb       3 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
8
Technical
7

Pine Mountain Loop

Pine Mountain Loop

A historic ride in Marin's hallowed mountain biking ground with plenty of technical and rocky fire road fun and wide open views.

14 miles       2950' climb       4 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Pleasanton Ridge (Suggestion 1)

Pleasanton Ridge (Suggestion 1)

A substantial ride in one of the more popular East Bay mountain biking locations. There's a ton of climbing and the singletrack amount is negligible, but it's still worth a try.

18.5 miles       3700' climb       5.5 hours       7% SINGLETRACK93% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Pleasanton Ridge (Suggestion 2)

Pleasanton Ridge (Suggestion 2)

This option allows a more complete exploration of Kilkare Canyon and includes more of the higher trails in the northern reaches of the park, at the cost of slightly more mileage and slightly less singletrack.

19.5 miles       3400' climb       5 hours       5% SINGLETRACK95% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
10
Aerobic
4
Technical
6

Point Reyes (Drakes Head)

Point Reyes (Drakes Head)

A remote and extremely scenic mountain bike ride unusual in its setting, fun, and surprising technical challenges.

12 miles       1550' climb       3 hours       57% SINGLETRACK43% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
9
Aerobic
6
Technical
2

Point Reyes (road ride)

Point Reyes (road ride)

A very scenic ride where you can escape from heat and catch some meditative solitude without having to push yourself too hard, at least as long as you can manage to catch a day with good weather.

33 miles       3300' climb       4.5 hours       3% PAVED97% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Priest Rock Loop

Priest Rock Loop

A ride with plenty of painful climbing where your satisfaction will come from a sense of achievement and a thrilling portion of the descent. The views are pretty good too.

17.5 miles       3950' climb       4.5 hours       85% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED12% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Rancho Cañada del Oro

Rancho Cañada del Oro

This non-technical but challenging short ride exhausts the entire trail network of this small park, but it is one of the more fun and scenic ride options around this location.

10.5 miles       2600' climb       3 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
3
Aerobic
6
Technical
3

Redwood Regional Park

Redwood Regional Park

Ride virtually all bike-legal fire roads in this East Bay park in one medium-length medium-difficulty ride.

10.5 miles       1850' climb       3 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
9
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Ridgecrest Boulevard

Ridgecrest Boulevard

Ride possibly the most scenic road in the Bay Area and a calm lakeshore portion of Highway 1 on this short route.

18 miles       2450' climb       2.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
5
Aerobic
7
Technical
9

Rockville (Suggestion 1)

Rockville (Suggestion 1)

A short ride without much climbing in this little park with plenty of singletrack trails. This 7-mile ride feels more like a 10 or 12-miler due to the technical nature of the trails.

7 miles       1350' climb       2.5 hours       89% SINGLETRACK11% FIRE ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
4
Aerobic
8
Technical
8

Rockville (Suggestion 2)

Rockville (Suggestion 2)

A ton of very technical singletrack in this small park! It's a shame this particular ride includes so few of them.

7 miles       1500' climb       3.5 hours       82% SINGLETRACK18% FIRE ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
5
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

Round Valley

Round Valley

A mostly flat meander through a wide-open East Bay meadow.

7.5 miles       800' climb       1.5 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
2
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Route 9

Route 9

This is about as pure as a road climb gets. Nothing but 7 miles of climbing, followed by the descent of the same.

14 miles       2200' climb       2 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
5
Technical
4

Russian Ridge

Russian Ridge

A short and relatively easy ride that rewards with some fun singletrack and a big dose of scenery.

8.5 miles       1500' climb       2 hours       50% SINGLETRACK26% FIRE ROAD24% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
10
Aerobic
6
Technical
6

San Francisco Peaks

San Francisco Peaks

A surprisingly decent singletrack ride in a very unlikely urban setting, though you need to "connect the dots" via road ride segments. Postcard-worthy views of the city are a bonus.

12.5 miles       2750' climb       3.5 hours       46% SINGLETRACK10% FIRE ROAD44% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 1)

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 1)

Easily the most mountain biking fun to be had around South San Jose. Two great technical singletrack trails connected via scenic fire roads with frequent steep climbs.

11 miles       2600' climb       3.5 hours       36% SINGLETRACK64% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 2)

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 2)

A variant of a typical Santa Teresa ride route that manages to add more singletrack riding to the mix but doesn't reduce the amount of painful climbs by very much.

11 miles       2550' climb       3.5 hours       49% SINGLETRACK50% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
7
Technical
6

Saratoga Gap and Long Ridge

Saratoga Gap and Long Ridge

One of the jewels of the Peninsula in terms of first-rate singletrack riding.

10 miles       2000' climb       3 hours       72% SINGLETRACK28% FIRE ROAD
Fun
2
Scenic
6
Aerobic
2
Technical
1

Sawyer Camp and San Andreas Trails

Sawyer Camp and San Andreas Trails

A paved recreational trail ride easy enough for all skill levels, yet still providing good lake views and a setting in beautiful nature.

18 miles       1300' climb       2.5 hours       92% PAVED8% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
9
Aerobic
4
Technical
3

17-Mile Drive

Seventeen-Mile Drive

A well-known route, though more as a scenic drive than a bike ride. That doesn't prevent it from being an easy road ride that's extremely scenic, however.

16 miles       1600' climb       2 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Shell Ridge

Shell Ridge

A fire-road ride on the fringes of Mount Diablo that features some of the best rolling landscape during the green-grass season and includes a treat for creek crossing fans.

11 miles       1900' climb       2.5 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
5

Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista

A mixed ride with great views that allows a sampling of some of this area's rare (and newest) singletrack, if you're okay with lots of climbing, though a shorter and easier version is possible.

17 miles       4200' climb       5 hours       31% SINGLETRACK63% FIRE ROAD6% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
2
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 1)

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 1)

I'm pretty sure there's no better mountain biking area in the Bay Area. This ride traverses three of its best technical singletracks, two of them uphill.

10 miles       2300' climb       3 hours       59% SINGLETRACK37% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED2% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
1
Aerobic
6
Technical
6

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 2)

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 2)

This is one of the comparatively easy loops possible in this park, while still being technical and fun.

8 miles       1700' climb       2.5 hours       46% SINGLETRACK34% FIRE ROAD4% PAVED16% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
1
Aerobic
8
Technical
7

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 3)

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 3)

This is essentially two different loops; you can cut it short by doing just one, or do them both.

10.5 miles       2550' climb       3 hours       52% SINGLETRACK43% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED2% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
2
Aerobic
8
Technical
7

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 4)

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 4)

Another fun, two-lobed ride route at this mountain biking destination. Do both if you're in good shape, or pick one half and complete just that one.

10.5 miles       2400' climb       3 hours       60% SINGLETRACK36% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED2% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
2
Aerobic
8
Technical
7

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 5)

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 5)

This is the "big loop" in this park, roughly tracing its boundaries. You get to sample El Corte de Madera Creek Trail downhill and also see North Leaf and South Leaf trails.

14 miles       3300' climb       4 hours       48% SINGLETRACK42% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED9% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
1
Aerobic
8
Technical
5

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 6)

Skeggs Point (Suggestion 6)

This ride traverses the more remote Lawrence Creek Trail and most of Timberview Trail.

9 miles       2300' climb       2.5 hours       26% SINGLETRACK55% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED16% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
3

Skyline Loop

Skyline Loop

A reasonable road loop that provides a good mix of the pretty country and suburban roads as well as some excellent scenery of the East Bay without killing you of exhaustion.

29 miles       3100' climb       3 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
5

Skyline Ridge Open Space

Skyline Ridge Open Space

A ride along ridgetops with one beautiful singletrack and some pretty views and not much more, but that can be easily extended in a million ways.

9.5 miles       1950' climb       2 hours       44% SINGLETRACK56% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
4
Aerobic
5
Technical
9

Skyline Wilderness (Suggestion 1)

Skyline Wilderness (Suggestion 1)

A very small trail network of highly technical singletrack. Not to be missed by any experienced rider, not recommended to any beginner.

7 miles       1850' climb       2.5 hours       81% SINGLETRACK19% FIRE ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
5
Technical
8

Skyline Wilderness (Suggestion 2)

Skyline Wilderness (Suggestion 2)

A slightly more substantial, slightly less grueling, and more fun variation of Suggestion 1. A delightful little ride on technical singletrack trails.

9.5 miles       2050' climb       3 hours       73% SINGLETRACK27% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

St. Joseph's Hill

Saint Joseph's Hill

A good ride for the locals with a cluster of trails on a hilltop with good views, even including a tiny sampling of tasty singletrack.

8 miles       1550' climb       2 hours       10% SINGLETRACK77% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED10% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
2
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Stevens Canyon

Stevens Canyon

A reasonably entertaining out-and-back mixed ride whose length and (hence) difficulty you can adjust to your taste.

11.5 miles       1800' climb       2 hours       19% SINGLETRACK43% FIRE ROAD38% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
4
Aerobic
2
Technical
2

Stevens Creek Trail

Stevens Creek Trail

A very easy ride on a paved, family-grade trail that's made especially useful because it connects to the very popular Shoreline Park and to a whole bevy of flat dirt trails by the bay shore.

13.5 miles       450' climb       1.5 hours       100% PAVED
Fun
4
Scenic
3
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

Stevens Creek Reservoir Loop

Stevens Creek Reservoir Loop

This easy road loop could be either used as an unchallenging beginner ride on its own, or made the basis of much longer road and trail ride options for experienced riders.

12 miles       950' climb       1.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
9
Aerobic
8
Technical
5

Sugarloaf Ridge

Sugarloaf Ridge

A short loop that's challenging enough to be a good advanced workout ride while providing grand views. The punishing climb and the very steep descent make it unsuitable to beginners.

7 miles       1800' climb       2 hours       65% FIRE ROAD28% PAVED7% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
9
Aerobic
8
Technical
2

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Don't ride here for mountain biking bliss. Ride here to see the wonderfully picturesque landscape, but only if you're okay with climbing. The ride can be made easier by skipping some side loops, though.

15.5 miles       3800' climb       4.5 hours       87% FIRE ROAD13% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
9
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Sweeney Ridge

Sweeney Ridge

A ride that's short on total distance and on true mountain biking fun, but is worthwhile due to spectacular views and a couple of points of interest.

9.5 miles       1800' climb       2.5 hours       15% SINGLETRACK49% FIRE ROAD13% PAVED23% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
3

Tilden Park (into Wildcat Canyon Park)

Tilden Park (into Wildcat Canyon Park)

A long but easy ride in these conveniently located parks with first-class views as a bonus.

16.5 miles       2200' climb       3.5 hours       64% FIRE ROAD24% PAVED12% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Tilden Park (southern trails)

Tilden Park (southern trails)

A fire-road ride that weaves back and forth across most of the bike-legal trails available in the southern portion of this park. Plenty of climbing and good views, but true mountain biking appeal is slim.

11.5 miles       2900' climb       3.5 hours       6% SINGLETRACK72% FIRE ROAD4% PAVED18% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
5
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Terra Linda - Sleepy Hollow Divide

Terra Linda - Sleepy Hollow Divide

A short fire-road ride that doesn't hold too much interest unless you're desperate for something different in this area or unless you incorporate it into a longer ride.

9.5 miles       2000' climb       2 hours       80% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED19% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
9
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

Tiburon Loop

Tiburon Loop

An easy and very scenic coastal road ride that could also present the possibility of post-ride treats in cute downtown Tiburon.

11 miles       850' climb       1.5 hours       12% PAVED88% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Tunitas Creek Road and Route 84

Tunitas Creek Road and Route 84

A long road ride that will take you through a lot of what the Peninsula has to offer on a wide loop between the mountains and the ocean.

32 miles       3350' climb       4.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
6
Technical
3

Uvas Reservoir Loop

Uvas Reservoir Loop

A short and easy road loop with pretty landscape and nice water views just a hop and a skip away from the busy Highway 101 corridor.

22 miles       1150' climb       2 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
7
Technical
8

Water Dog (Suggestion 1)

Water Dog (Suggestion 1)

A small city park with an out-of-proportion amount of fun technical singletrack. This ride takes you through a typical route that includes an ascending traversal of the Finch Trail switchbacks.

8 miles       1750' climb       2.5 hours       56% SINGLETRACK31% FIRE ROAD13% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
7
Technical
8

Water Dog (Suggestion 2)

Water Dog (Suggestion 2)

This ride traverses the Finch Trail switchbacks uphill and does the very short and steep "finishing" drop of Berry Trail.

7 miles       1450' climb       2.5 hours       46% SINGLETRACK52% FIRE ROAD2% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
5

Whittemore Gulch (without Grabtown Gulch)

Whittemore Gulch (without Grabtown Gulch)

Start by descending nearly two miles of one of the most beautiful singletrack trails in the area, then pay your dues with a serious fire road climb.

10 miles       2000' climb       2 hours       25% SINGLETRACK51% FIRE ROAD24% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
5

Whittemore Gulch (with Grabtown Gulch)

Whittemore Gulch (with Grabtown Gulch)

Descend the beautiful Whittemore Gulch Trail in this loop of Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve with an additional side loop that jacks up the total climb by 1200 feet.

14.5 miles       3200' climb       3.5 hours       22% SINGLETRACK63% FIRE ROAD15% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Wilder Ranch (Enchanted Loop via Horseman's Trail)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 2)

A slight variation on my favorite loop in one of my favorite parks to ride in. The variation doesn't add much to the fun of the ride, but it's okay enough to try once for a change.

15.5 miles       2000' climb       3.5 hours       54% SINGLETRACK40% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED5% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Wilder Ranch (Enchanted Loop via Wild Boar Trail)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 1)

A way to experience, arguably, all of the best features of this excellent mountain biking destination in a single moderate loop.

15 miles       2400' climb       3.5 hours       62% SINGLETRACK35% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
5

Wilder Ranch (Eucalyptus Loop and Long Meadow Trail)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 3)

This alternate route through this scenic park misses some of the park's highlights, but it's worth a try to see different parts of the park's trail network.

13 miles       1850' climb       3 hours       20% SINGLETRACK77% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED
Fun
8
Scenic
8
Aerobic
5
Technical
6

Wilder Ranch (Ohlone Bluff Trail and Baldwin Loop)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 4)

An easy ride at this great mountain biking destination that includes the (judging by the vegetation) much underused Baldwin Loop.

13 miles       1500' climb       3.5 hours       29% SINGLETRACK53% FIRE ROAD18% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Willow Creek

Willow Creek

A hidden gem that's a worthwhile option even for advanced riders if you live within a reasonable distance and can catch a reservation for the orientation session to get the required permit.

12 miles       2700' climb       4 hours       56% SINGLETRACK44% FIRE ROAD


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