Rides in the Bay Area
Alameda Creek Trail and Coyote Hills Park
Fremont/Newark (East Bay Regional Parks)
Mostly paved trails and relatively flat. The trail system starts near the Dumbarton Bridge and goes to the entrance of Niles Canyon on the east side of Fremont. Bay and marsh views at Coyote Point.
Angel Island State Park
San Francisco Bay
Loop of approximately 5 miles around the island. Fairly flat.
Stunning views of San Francisco, Tiburon, and bridges.
Bike rentals available.
Access by ferry (carries bikes) from San Francisco, Oakland, Vallejo, and Tiburon.
Bayfront Park and Dumbarton Bridge
Easy trails for an introduction to mountain biking and paved paths along the bay.
Baylands/Shoreline City Parks
Palo Alto/Mountain View
A mixture of dirt and paved trails between Willow Road, Menlo Park and Shoreline Amphitheatre. Flat and easy.
Big Basin State Park
Near Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz Mountains
A challenging loop of around 30 miles starting in the park or at Boulder Creek includes the park access road (California 237), and Hwy. 9.
Gazos Creek Road offers a ride in the redwoods suitable for beginning and intermediate mountain bike riders.
Waddell Creek Ride. Starting near Highway 1 this relatively flat out-and-back ride takes you to Berry Creek Falls (best in spring).
El Corte Madera Open Space Preserve
Highly technical trails for honing mountain biking skills. Sometimes called Skeggs after Skeggs Point and the old motorcycle trails.
More El Corte Madera information
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve (Cupertino)
Popular trails of varying difficulty near Stevens Creek Reservoir.
More information on Fremont Older Open Space Preserve
Golden Gate Park
7.5 miles of designated paved trails extend from the tip of the Panhandle through Golden Gate Park to Lake Merced. Bicycle trails within the park are indicated on the map. In addition, some park roads are available for bicycling on Sundays when they are closed to vehicular traffic.
Henry Coe State Park
Near Morgan Hill
Lots of trails; most are challenging. Hot in summer, but excellent in fall and spring.
This unofficial site describes some of the trails.
More Henry Coe State Park information
Jaoquin Miller Park
City of Oakland
Montebello Open Space Preserve
There is a classic road ride of around 35 miles (but not for the faint-of-heart or out-of-shape) starting from Palo Alto and climbing Monte Bello Road and following the dirt road across Monte Bello Ridge in the Open Space District. This connects with Page Mill Road and descends back to Palo Alto.
Mountain bike rides include the Stevens Canyon trail on the San Andreas earthquake fault.
Montera State Beach
Near Half Moon Bay
Steep trails with ocean views.
Sawyer Camp Trail
Near San Mateo
A nearly flat 12 mile out-and-back paved trail. Views of Crystal Springs Reservoir. Good for beginners and children, but multi-use and crowded on weekends.
Skyline Boulevard Preserves of the Mid-peninsula Open Space District
There are several contiguous preserves along Skyline Blvd. that offer intermediate to expert level mountain biking.
Russian Ridge and Coal Creek Open Space Preserves
Long Ridge and Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserves
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park