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4
Scenic
10
Aerobic
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Technical
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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
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

Annadel (Suggestion 3)

Annadel (Suggestion 3)

A route that provides lots of technical singletrack in exchange for little uphill suffering, like most Annadel rides. But, this one should also be tried in the opposite direction.

13 miles       1750' climb       3 hours       58% SINGLETRACK42% FIRE ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Big Rock Ridge

Big Rock Ridge

A sweet, 2.5-mile singletrack descent marred by the brutal climb to get to its beginning, though the great views almost make up for it.

14 miles       2900' climb       3.5 hours       20% SINGLETRACK47% FIRE ROAD33% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
5

Bolinas Ridge (long loop)

Bolinas Ridge (long loop)

A scenic ride that puts together an unfun singletrack and a fun fire road in a long, mixed loop in a very pretty Marin location.

27 miles       3850' climb       5.5 hours       17% SINGLETRACK45% FIRE ROAD38% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
5

Bolinas Ridge (short loop)

Bolinas Ridge (short loop)

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
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
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.

11 miles       1500' climb       3 hours       93% SINGLETRACK6% FIRE ROAD1% 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
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.

24 miles       2300' climb       4.5 hours       18% FIRE ROAD26% PAVED56% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
4
Technical
2

Healdsburg to Geyserville

Healdsburg to Geyserville

A great option to take in the genuine wine-country-road-ride experience without any hard work or busy traffic.

31 miles       1150' climb       3 hours       100% 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
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
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
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 Coast View Trail)

Mount Tam (Deer Park Road and Coast View 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       1750' climb       2.5 hours       21% SINGLETRACK34% FIRE ROAD45% 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
4
Aerobic
7
Technical
1

Mount Veeder Road

Mount Veeder Road

A popular wine-country ride through backroads with little traffic, sure to be enjoyed by anyone who doesn't mind a tough climb of limited length.

22 miles       1750' climb       2.5 hours       100% 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
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
4
Scenic
9
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

Paradise Loop

Paradise 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
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
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
7
Scenic
5
Aerobic
7
Technical
6

Repack Road (via Camp Tamarancho)

Repack Road (via Camp Tamarancho)

This mixed ride should please intermediate to advanced riders with a traversal of the course of the historic Repack Race as well as the inclusion of some of the technical singletrack goodness of Tamarancho.

13.5 miles       2500' climb       3.5 hours       36% SINGLETRACK40% FIRE ROAD24% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
4
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Repack Road (via Deer Park)

Repack Road (via Deer Park)

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

13 miles       2050' climb       2.5 hours       3% SINGLETRACK63% FIRE ROAD34% 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
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
6
Scenic
6
Aerobic
9
Technical
4

Sonoma to Rohnert Park

Sonoma to Rohnert Park

Probably not the most perfect road route through the Sonoma wine country, but a ride that offers plenty of possibilities for shorter variations to suite a variety of needs.

42 miles       3250' climb       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
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Sweetwater Springs Road

Sweetwater Springs Road

A modest loop through a sweet and secluded wine country backroad made discouraging by a brutal climb. For those who appreciate perks, this ride provides historic interest (an old mine), indulgence (winery rest stops), small-town window shopping, and maybe even a dip in Russian River.

26 miles       2300' climb       3 hours       100% 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
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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