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Bay Area Biking – The 5 Best Trails


Any time you try to pull together a top 5 (or even a top 10) list of biking excursions in the Bay Area, you obviously will disappoint fans out there.

To wit, in this post, we will not cover the amazing 10 mile jaunt through Portola Redwood State Park near Pescadero Creek, which shuttles you through towering redwoods. Nor will we spend time waxing poetic about Nimitz Way in Tilden Regional Park in the East Bay Hills, despite the fact that this 10 mile jag takes you to an astonishing vista of the Bay at the summit. We will also pass over the smooth ride on the South Coast near Half Moon Bay State Beach, home to lush Golden State coastline as well as delicious vistas of the Montara Mountain ridge.

So what will we cover?

5 Amazing Bay Area Biking Trails

1. 13 mile round-up at the Rancho del Oso Nature Center on the South Coast.

Hands down, this trail offers one of the best ways to tour the redwoods. The trail begins flat but then leads to variegated terrain, oscillating between hills and ending at a waterfall (requires a bit of a hike to see the waterfall).

2. Ranch State Park’s Wilder Loop.
This state park seems almost like it was forged by nature just for cyclists to enjoy. Sweeping views of Montara Bay as well as challenging hills and critter-watching make this trail a “must do” for enterprising cyclists.

3. Quiet beach ride in Marin Headlands.
If you have young kids (who aren’t afraid to peddle a little bit), this fun day trip involves both cycling and water play. The 8.5 mile flat trail ends up at Tennessee Cove, a quiet spot — a perfect place for a picnic.

4. Crystal Spring and Bay Ridge trails in the South Peninsula.
For Bay Ridge, you will need to reserve a spot on the trail, and Crystal Springs isn’t exactly a well-kept secret, either. However, despite the traffic (especially on holidays and peak times), the Bay Ridge and Crystal Springs trails offer amazing views of Sneath Lake, excellent forest biking and Instagram-worthy South Bay vistas.

5. Angel Island’s Perimeter Road at Angel Island State Park.
This is another great family ride and a short one, too, clocking in at just 5.5 miles. Bike rentals are available locally at Angel Island Café, and you can take an easy cruise to places like Corey Beach. The only challenging part is just getting to the island itself.

Getting Help After a Bike Accident

Sometimes trouble strikes, even in paradise. Be sure to document any evidence from the accident. Take pictures of the scene and any injuries with your cell phone camera, for instance. And obtain medical care ASAP, especially if you have a head injury. If you or a loved one needs help obtaining compensation after a serious crash, the Bay Area Bike Law team is standing by to provide sensible, strategic guidance. Call or email us today for a consultation.