Best Bike Rides San Francisco  by Wayne Cottrell

Best Bike Rides San Francisco Guide Book

by Wayne Cottrell (Falcon Guides)
Best Bike Rides San Francisco  by Wayne Cottrell
San Francisco has consistently been rated by Bicycling magazine as one of America’s best cities for cycling. San Francisco is the largest city in California to be rated as such. In a fall 2010 issue of VeloNews, five of thirteen of the United States’ most-decorated cyclists rated the San Francisco Grand Prix (unfortunately discontinued as of this writing) as the best-ever American race. San Francisco is consistently rated as one of the top five destination cities in the United States, and Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area—which includes the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, Ocean Beach, the Marin Headlands, and other famous landmarks—is consistently rated as one of the country’s top ten places to visit.

© 2013 Wayne Cottrell /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Bike Rides San Francisco" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

The Angel Island Expedition is a double-counterclockwise perimeter ride around Angel Island on paved and dirt roads. Double-counterclockwise? Yes—one loop on the outer, paved perimeter road, with a de ...
Tiburon, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.6
This course is a comprehensive tour of San Francisco’s waterfront. San Francisco, shaped like a thumbnail, is bounded on three sides by water: the San Francisco Bay on the east and north, the Golden G ...
San Francisco, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
The Berkeley Hills Challenge is, as suggested by the name, a 33.5-mile-long hilly ride that climbs into the Berkeley Hills, travels along the ridge, plummets down the Hills’ back side, snakes its way ...
Emeryville, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33.5
The Santa Cruz Mountains run north-south along the San Francisco Peninsula, beginning just south of San Francisco. San Bruno Mountain (see Raid de San Bruno Mountain) may be considered the range’s nor ...
Half Moon Bay, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25.3
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
The Briones Hills Workout is aptly named. Many cyclists enjoy the “Bear Creek” loop, which is often used in duathlon and triathlon races, as well as the annual Berkeley Hills Road Race (the 54th editi ...
Oakland, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 28.8
Burleigh H. Murray’s father established a ranch in a hidden valley east of present-day Half Moon Bay in 1857. Sheep and cattle were raised on the ranch, which also served as a dairy farm. The property ...
Half Moon Bay, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
Anthony Chabot Regional Park, at 4,927 acres (some sources say 5,067 acres), is large enough to warrant a lap around the park as a full-length road ride (see Circle Chabot). The interior of the park, ...
San Leandro, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 18.6
The Charles Tilden Wild Ride is a brisk off-road loop through Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Regional Parks along the hills and ridges above Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Richmond. The terrain is mostly dirt, ...
Albany, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.3
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
The Chicken Shack Queen Stage is mostly a dirt ride along the trails of several of Marin County’s open spaces, including Marinwood Open Space and Ignacio Valley, Loma Verde, and Pacheco Valle Open Spa ...
Novato, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.1
China Camp Outing follows a clockwise loop entirely within the boundaries of China Camp State Park in San Rafael. The park is located on the Point San Pedro isthmus, bordering the northwest side of Sa ...
San Rafael, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.2
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
Circle Chabot is a nifty but challenging loop, wrapping around the perimeter of Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland and Castro Valley. The loop strays from the park’s boundary where necessary to e ...
Castro Valley, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25.2
The Circuito de Montagna Montara makes a giant counterclockwise loop around Montara Mountain in northwestern San Mateo County. The mountain is the most prominent peak in the northern part of the Santa ...
Pacifica , CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 36.6
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
Flat rides in the San Francisco Bay Area are not easy to find, except along the edge of the bay. Fortunately for recreationists, the San Francisco Bay Trail project is working toward completing a 500- ...
Emeryville, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 23
Escalada Bolinas Andreas is yet another super-scenic ride that is a smorgasbord of sights. In a ranking of “most scenic rides” in this book, I would place this one second or third. The ride starts i ...
Bolinas, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 43.5
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
The Giro di Nicasio covers an exciting circuit in central Marin County, somewhat removed from the more popular locales toward the south. The ride begins in the community of Lucas Valley–Marinwood at M ...
Novato, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 33.7
The Guadalupe Canyon Loop is a clockwise loop that passes through Brisbane, South San Francisco, Colma, and Daly City. The feature attraction of the route is Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, which climbs to ...
Brisbane, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.8
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
The Hayward Shoreline Dig is a mercifully flat dirt and gravel ride along the shores and former salt evaporators of the San Francisco Bay’s southeast shore. The ride uses the San Francisco Bay Trail, ...
San Lorenzo, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.1
The Ivan Dickson Memorial Trek follows the Ivan Dickson Memorial Loop in Briones Regional Park. The route pays homage to Ivan Dickson (1898–1993), a legendary hiker who was active well into his eighti ...
Walnut Creek, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.6
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
Hidden among the hills and residential communities of the city of Belmont, located south of San Francisco in San Mateo County, is a small open space preserve that offers a surprising abundance of secl ...
Belmont, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.3
Routes within the confines of a large city that are suitable for mountain bikes are rare, outside of designated parks. A creative rider could probably piece together an urban tour of bumpy back alleys ...
San Francisco, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.1
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF