San Francisco, CA
Adventurer | 223 pts
As a newcomer to Mountain Biking, I found this trail quite satisfying, and recommend it without reservation.
Our journey began with San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, after a steep climb up from Crissy Field. Upon crossing the bridge, we veered left, and upward, on Conzelman Road. On this steep slope of roughly 25 degrees, your legs will burn, but your spirit will soar. The vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and cityscape, combine with the crisp cool air to provide scenic foreword of the tranquility of the ride to come. As Conzelman Road met with McCoulough Road and the Coastal Trail, we took the Coastal Trail, and cut through the hillsides along stunning green valleys sprinkled with white flowers, blood-red rocks, and scrub.
We reached street crossing at Bunker Road, and made our way to the other side, where the Valley Trail begins. A natural canopy of trees beckons you, but quickly becomes a pleasant treeless meadow. At the first fork in the trail, we chose BobCat Trail. As we rounded the first bend and began a steady, challenging ascent, the heavenly Gerbode Valley made its debut along the ridge below. The upward climb of BobCat Trail required considerable strength and endurance, but the reward soon revealed itself. At the top, we turned left at the the intersection of Alta Road and were soon greeted with a stunning visual preamble of the second half of ride to come. The rugged, jagged, and beautiful cocoa brown and olive green landscape of Oakwood Valley stretched across powder blue sky.
Alta Road was a fast and and exhilirating trail, with many rocks both large and small. Its downward slope demands the utmost care and attention. At trail's end, a surface road begins- Donahue Street. My spine tingled as I sped down the hill at speeds that approached 60mph (95Km/hr) before terminating in northern Sausalito at Gateway Mall. From there, a right turn and pleasant southward ride ensued, following signs for downtown and the ferry back to San Francisco.