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    San Francisco, CA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    9/19/2010
    The trip around the outer rim starts out promising as it's a gentle uphill dirt path. From then on it's mostly road. There is also a tour bus you'll share most of the road part with. I have three small children who learned to ride their bikes this year. This trail was plenty challenging for them but I was hoping for more of an off road but gentle mountain biking experience. We did not venture up to the upper trail. I'm told that one is all dirt but it's totally flat and is much shorter than the lower trail. I'm not sure why they say this is 10mi. it's more like 5 miles on the lower and 3 for the upper.

    All that said, my kids found some of the uphill portions of the trail too difficult to ride and walked their bikes. There is one fairly steep descent near the end of the trail on the road. If you have small children, you'll want to watch out for this part and make sure they keep their speed in check. If they're anything like my kids, they don't necessarily stay on the right side of the road so going down this hill fast with the bus coming up the hill could be a disaster.

    All in all, it was great. We parked at Blackie's pasture and rode into Tiburon to catch the ferry. Then made the trip back. That made parking free as an added bonus. You need cash for the ferry. You can google it for rates. My kids loved it! It was challenging enough but also easy enough to make them feel like they just did something difficult but did it well! You can't really ask for much more than that. If you don't have kids, it may still be worth doing just because there are so many great views, etc. It's not really a mountain biking trip. It's a sight seeing trip. For that I'd give it 4 stars. For what I did with my family, I give it three.
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    San Jose, CA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    8/21/2006
    Trails are in excellent condition and well-marked. Appears that the wider main trails have even been smoothed out with a grader.
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    Portland, OR
    Adventurer | 480 pts
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    4/3/2006
    Nice little loop. Great views... if you're looking for something longer with more challenges then this isn't for you. If you're looking for something to just do then this is great. You could do the upper mt bike loop then do the lower paved loop. Lots of walkers though so be ware.
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    Half Moon Bay, CA
    Adventurer | 240 pts
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    3/14/2006
    Good, beautiful on a good day. Not as much wildlife as one may see on other area trails. Can be a bit crowded on weekends or holidays.
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    Beverly Hills, CA
    Adventurer | 341 pts
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    10/10/2004
    Interesting open space area with a lot of history. Great for an afternoon stroll or a moderate-length day-hike. Nice that something this interesting is so close! Would be good for some mellow biking too.
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    Fairfield, CA
    Explorer | 21 pts
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    8/7/2004
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    Trail Information

    San Francisco
    Nearby City
    Kid-friendly
    Accessibility
    11
    Distance
    700 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Loop/Lollipop
    Trail Type
    Easy
    Technical Difficulty
    Easy
    Physical Difficulty
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    2 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    50 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    500 feet
    Top Elevation

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