Mountain Bike San Francisco and the Bay Area  by Skye Craft

Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area Guide Book

by Skye Craft (Menasha Ridge Press)
Mountain Bike San Francisco and the Bay Area  by Skye Craft
Whether you’re new to mountain biking or an experienced downhill or cross-country racer, Mountain Bike San Francisco and the Bay Area is the must-have bible for the off-road rider in this region where it all started. Downhills, jumps, and scenic trails fill the pages and promise to keep you bouncing and bounding along in the great outdoors. With at-a-glance information that details trail conditions, difficulty, distance, and more, Mountain Bike San Francisco and the Bay Area gives you all the information you need to find a great ride nearby. Each route is rated on technical and aerobic difficulty, so you won’t get more, or less, than you want in your ride. Even veteran San Franciscans will find themselves surprised at the number of great loops and shuttle runs unbeknownst to them until now. After a broad tour of Bay Area’s mountain bike playgrounds, you’ll know firsthand that Northern California is truly is the mecca of mountain biking, and that the Bay Area is the center of it all.

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Trails from the "Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 39.

This is a 10-mile romp around the Capitancillos Ridge, which rises up out of a wealthy urban area south of San Jose. Comprised mostly of smooth fire road, this ride isn’t going to draw on your technic ...
Los Gatos, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.31
This loop is classic Jekyll and Hyde, with Rough Go being the technical, rutted, and boulder-strewn singletrack counterpoint to Canyon Trail’s moderately smooth fire-road serenity. This ride is great ...
Santa Rosa, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.16
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This is the big-daddy loop in Annadel, which goes up and around the Ledson Marsh. Two Quarry Trail is one of the more challenging rides in the park, and Ridge Trail is a true gem born of the new schoo ...
Santa Rosa, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.95
At 70 miles distant, this ride is the farthest from San Francisco in this book, but it definitely offers you a drive’s worth of mountain biking. Although it’s possible to do it as a day trip from the ...
Portola Valley, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.69
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This park is split in two halves: a western and an eastern half. Since the western half is less desirable, consisting of steeper terrain and less loop-able trail options, this ride makes a large circu ...
Clayton, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.17
Bolinas Ridge Trail is a long, point-to-point affair that spans the just more than 11-mile gap between Fairfax-Bolinas Road to the south and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the north. The ride describe ...
Fairfax, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 22.8
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Framed by four of the major freeways that define the East Bay, near the ever-expanding bedroom communities of Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek, the bounding green hills of Briones Regional Park are ...
Orinda, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.23
This ride is a loop comprised almost entirely of fantastic, switchbacky singletrack that pops in and out of incredible oak-dominated forest. Rather than fight the weekend parking-lot havoc that can be ...
San Rafael, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.01
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Quasi-hidden relative to the other parks in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Coal Creek features fantastic singletrack and one or two stupendous views. If you combine this ride with a ri ...
Portola Valley, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.79
This is a great jaunt in the hills, particularly if you live in the area and prefer the outdoors to a treadmill. The park itself isn’t very large, but the fact that it’s a gateway to Mount Diablo Stat ...
Walnut Creek, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.53
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There are more than 35 miles of trails in El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve and this is a great, not-too-technical loop in the slightly quieter southeast corner of the park. It ends on Spri ...
Portola Valley, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.79
This loop gets its name from the wide-eyed combination of descents down Fir and Manzanita trails mixed with the relatively mundane climbs up Methuselah and Timberview trails, respectively. This is the ...
Woodside, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.91
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A favorite of local mountain bikers and cyclocrossers, Helen Putnam is a tiny 216-acre park hidden in the hills just outside Petaluma, in among the free-range cattle ranches, chicken and grain farms, ...
Petaluma, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.17
There is a good deal of history behind the 9,553 acres that make up the Joseph D. Grant Ranch County Park, more commonly known as Grant Ranch Park. What does it all add up to? It adds up to one heck o ...
San Jose, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.13
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An enjoyable East Bay fire-road loop starting and ending at the Lake Chabot Marina. The marina is a lively place on nice days and a great place for a picnic. Those of your party not inclined to undert ...
Hayward, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.7
Named after the descent that comes three-fourths of a way through, this ride proves that no matter how jaded you are—despite having ridden everything under the sun— you can still get an adrenaline rus ...
Walnut Creek, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.32
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A fantastic loop that features everything from chutelike singletrack descents to exposed fire-road climbs and even a pond. You might couple your visit to this park with a visit to the Jikoji Zen Cente ...
Los Altos, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.88
The first of two loops in the Marin Headlands described in this book, this, the Southeastern loop, is popular with city mountain bikers as it is virtually right across the bridge and easy to ride to. ...
Sausalito, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.84
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The shorter and more scenic northwest loop through the very scenic headlands, this book’s second headlands ride takes you near Tennessee Beach, which functions as a sort of Stinson Beach overflow opti ...
Sausalito, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.31
Climbing up to Mission Peak is no cakewalk, but just like going to the moon, a lot of energy output results in a cool view of Earth. From the austere, windswept vantage point atop the peak, to the han ...
Milpitas, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.1
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