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2
Scenic
6
Aerobic
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Technical
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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
4
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
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).

14.5 miles       3400' climb       4 hours       95% FIRE ROAD5% PAVED
Fun
5
Scenic
7
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 miles       2000' climb       2 hours       7% SINGLETRACK89% FIRE ROAD4% 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
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Calaveras Road

Calaveras Road

A scenic and easy local favorite turned into a torture fest with the addition of a brutal extension, which you can easily leave out.

42.5 miles       4300' climb       4.5 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
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
8
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
4

Crockett Hills

Crockett Hills

A true mountain biking gem that unexpectedly shot up to being the most desirable East Bay park for sweet singletrack and great views, not to mention three flow trails.

12.5 miles       2100' climb       3 hours       79% SINGLETRACK20% FIRE ROAD1% 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
8
Scenic
3
Aerobic
6
Technical
1

East Bay Canyons

East Bay Canyons

An easily overlooked, out-of-the-way ride that involves relatively little physical challenge, a fair amount of solitude, and just as much beauty and fun as many routes that are much more popular.

36 miles       2350' climb       3.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
3

Garin and Dry Creek

Garin and Dry Creek

A typical East Bay fire-road ride with all of its pros and cons: Many steep climbs, uninteresting fire roads, great views, and a beautiful landscape in springtime.

10 miles       2100' climb       3 hours       4% SINGLETRACK91% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED3% 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. This place is the East Bay's only claim to first-class singletrack.

11.5 miles       2200' climb       3.5 hours       58% SINGLETRACK40% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED1% 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
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.

10.5 miles       2350' climb       3 hours       6% SINGLETRACK67% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED25% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
2

Morgan Territory (eastern trails)

Morgan Territory (eastern trails)

A ride to be done not for the trails (which are boring fire roads) but for the views and the scenery, especially in the spring. This ride is the easier one compared to the other option listed for this park.

11 miles       2000' climb       3 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Morgan Territory (western trails)

Morgan Territory (western trails)

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
8
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
2

Morgan Territory and Vasco Road Loop

Morgan Territory and Vasco Road Loop

A long loop deep in the East Bay hills that's very scenic and that traverses very secluded stretches of country.

47.5 miles       3650' climb       4.5 hours       100% 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
8
Scenic
10
Aerobic
8
Technical
2

Mount Diablo (North Gate Road climb)

Mount Diablo (North Gate Road climb)

An unbroken climb that serves as a shorter and potentially quieter alternative to reach the peak of this mountain on a road bike. It's not easier though, and no less scenic.

24.5 miles       3750' climb       4 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
3
Aerobic
8
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       3100' climb       4 hours       57% SINGLETRACK43% FIRE ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
10
Aerobic
8
Technical
2

Mount Diablo (South Gate Road climb)

Mount Diablo (South Gate Road climb)

Possibly the most well-known mountain climb in the East Bay. I can't say it's a piece of cake, but it's not brutal either. It's as pleasant and as scenic as one could expect of any mountain climb.

29 miles       4000' climb       4 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Mount Diablo (Walnut Creek to South Gate Road)

Mount Diablo (Walnut Creek to South Gate Road)

A fire-road ride that takes you halfway up Mount Diablo, featuring good views, some of the best rolling landscape during the green-grass season, and including a treat for creek crossing fans.

17 miles       3500' climb       4.5 hours       2% SINGLETRACK98% FIRE 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
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
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
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
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
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
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Three Bears Loop

Three Bears Loop

A famous East Bay road loop that's not long and not too strenuous. It takes its name from three climbs but, for many riders, the traffic near Orinda will be a bigger headache than the climbs.

23.5 miles       1800' climb       2.5 hours       100% 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


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