South Bay Bike Trails  by Conrad Boisvert

South Bay Bike Trails Guide Book

by Conrad Boisvert (Penngrove Publications)
South Bay Bike Trails  by Conrad Boisvert
Although better known for its high-tech image, once you head out into the surrounding countryside, you will find a cyclist's paradise. From San Jose south to Gilroy, picturesque rides take you through ranchlands around Morgan Hill, dense redwood forests in the Santa Cruz mountains, and the coastal wetlands of the Elkhorn Slough. Heading south along the Pacific coast brings you to the famous seaside resorts and beaches of Santa Cruz and Capitola.

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Trails from the "South Bay Bike Trails" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 31.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.

One of the finest overnight hikes in the entire Bay Area is along the well- traveled Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Beginning at Castle Rock State Park on Skyline Boulevard abov ...
Saratoga, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 43
Big Basin State Park is the home of some of the most majestic redwoods in the state and has long been enjoyed by South Bay Area residents for its extensive hiking, camping, and picnicking. The 15,000- ...
Saratoga, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16
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The route of this ride will take you along rural country roads as it circles the two major water sources for the Morgan Hill area, Chesbro and Uvas (Spanish for “grapes”) Reservoirs. The ride is good ...
Morgan Hill, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 19
Corralitos is a small farming community located between Santa Cruz and Watsonville. The area around Corralitos is very popular with local cyclists. The roads meander over gently rolling hills through ...
Aptos, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 35
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Hellyer Park, in San Jose, is the site of the Hellyer Park velodrome, one of three bicycle race tracks in California. Originally built for the Pan American Games of 1962, it was not actually completed ...
San Jose, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31
The campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz is one of the highlights of this ride. It is situated on land which was formerly owned by Henry Cowell, who operated a lime and cement company ...
Santa Cruz, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 27
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This ride starts in the town of Soquel, just inland from the seaside resort of Capitola. There are several restaurants, antique shops, and a winery (Bargetto Winery) in Soquel for you to enjoy at the ...
Soquel, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 40
This ride follows mostly shady roads through the lush redwood forests so characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Most of the time there is little car traffic. The exception is the stretch at the e ...
Felton, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 30
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This ride starts in central Gilroy and follows beautiful remote country roads east of town and up into the hills. Cañada Road and Gilroy Hot Springs Road meander through wooded ranch lands with little ...
Gilroy, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 23
Grant Ranch County Park, encompassing some 9,500 acres, is nestled in the foothills of majestic Mt. Hamilton and is populated by both livestock and wildlife. The land is rich with old oaks and is espe ...
San Jose, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16
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Henry Coe State Park lies about 4 miles east of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, in the southernmost part of Santa Clara County. Formerly an operating ranch owned by Henry W. Coe, the park today is one of the ...
Gilroy, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16
The largest state park in California, encompassing more than 80,000 acres, Henry Coe State Park is rugged and remote, while still being within easy access of the population centers of the Bay Area. Or ...
Morgan Hill, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24
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There is some car traffic along the early parts of the ride, but there is a wide shoulder for safety. The hill climb is one of the biggest in the South Bay, climbing to an elevation of 3,160 feet at C ...
Los Gatos, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 36
In 1850, an Irishman named Charles McKiernan came to California, ostensibly to make his fortune in the gold rush. He was a little late. Instead of fortune in the Sierra Foothills, he decided on a simp ...
Santa Cruz, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 50
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The town of Los Gatos (Spanish for “The Cats”) was given its name because the hills above the town were once populated by mountain lions. Today Los Gatos is home to numerous upscale shops and restaura ...
Los Gatos, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17
New Almaden was origin ally named after the city of Almaden in south- central Spain (about 100 miles south of Madrid) and has long been known for its rich, dark red earth which the native Indians of t ...
San Jose, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 19
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The Elkhorn Slough is one of the few remaining undisturbed wetlands in California and serves as a major link in the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds. If consists of about 2,500 acres of mudflats and ...
Pajaro, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25
Mount Hamilton is the highest peak in the Bay Area and represents one of the toughest challenges for cyclists. This route does not go all the way up the mountain, but instead follows Clayton Road to M ...
San Jose, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21
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In 1852, Judge John H. Watson and D. S. Gregory laid out the town of Watsonville. The first apple orchard was planted in 1853 and in the following years the town would see its reputation as a producti ...
Rio Del Mar, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24
San Felipe Valley is just east of downtown San Jose, at the base of Mount Hamilton. The farms and ranches along the route offer many pastoral scenes for the bicyclist, even though recent residential ...
San Jose, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22
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