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7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
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Technical
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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
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
3
Scenic
5
Aerobic
2
Technical
1

CaƱada 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
3
Scenic
4
Aerobic
4
Technical
2

Fifield-Cahill Ridge

Fifield-Cahill Ridge

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

12.5 miles       1600' climb       2.5 hours       100% 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
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
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
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
5
Technical
5

McLaren Park and San Bruno Mountain

McLaren Park and San Bruno Mountain

A rarity in terms of being a route within San Francisco that could pass for a real mountain-bike ride. Trail difficulty ranges all over the spectrum but the views are always top-notch.

11.5 miles       1800' climb       2.5 hours       18% SINGLETRACK29% FIRE ROAD23% PAVED30% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Tunitas Creek Road and Route 84

Tunitas Creek Road and Route 84

A 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
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 a descending 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

Whittemore 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


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