What's New Links FAQ Contact

Bay Area
A ride primarily on trails (paved or dirt)     A ride primarily on roads with traffic

North Bay
Peninsula
South Bay
East Bay
Out of Area
 

Sort by   Ascending  Descending
Fun
5
Scenic
3
Aerobic
5
Technical
2

Almaden Quicksilver Park

Almaden Quicksilver Park

A fire-road ride along the park's main bike-legal loop with plenty of short side trips to take in the sights of historic mining structures

12.5 miles       2200' climb       3 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
4
Technical
3

Berry Creek Falls

Berry Creek Falls

An easy out-and-back fire-road ride that reaches a pretty waterfall after an additional half-mile hike. Plus, you end up at the beach when you finish the ride. Not bad.

13 miles       1200' climb       3 hours       26% SINGLETRACK67% FIRE ROAD7% PAVED
Fun
6
Scenic
2
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Big Basin

Big Basin

This big and remote park is not a prime destination for mountain biking, but still provides a few opportunities for a forest ramble like this one.

14 miles       2350' climb       4 hours       43% FIRE ROAD57% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
3
Aerobic
10
Technical
2

Big Basin - Boulder Creek Loop

Big Basin - Boulder Creek Loop

A long and tough ride that's enough to satiate the hungriest fans of mountain roads or forested rides. A peek at Big Basin's old-growth redwoods and a stop at a charming mountain town are the highlights.

43 miles       4800' climb       6 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
5
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Butano State Park

Butano State Park

The only bike ride in this park is this fire-road loop, but the main climb is relatively gentle, the nature is gorgeous, and where else can you bike your way to a landing strip on a mountain top?

14.5 miles       2750' climb       3.5 hours       87% FIRE ROAD13% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

Coyote Creek Trail

Coyote Creek Trail

A long out-and-back ride on a flat-and-easy paved recreational trail. Friendly enough for the whole family and long enough to while away most of the day (at family-riding speeds).

31.5 miles       800' climb       3 hours       100% PAVED
Fun
7
Scenic
3
Aerobic
5
Technical
5

DeLaveaga Park

DeLaveaga Park

This little gem of a park is chock-full of sweet forest singletrack, though it still doesn't add up to more than a local option.

8 miles       1400' climb       2.5 hours       90% SINGLETRACK8% FIRE ROAD2% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
2
Aerobic
8
Technical
9

Demo Forest (Braille Trail)

Demo Forest (Braille Trail)

Possibly the most-often-ridden route at this prime mountain biking destination, which traverses the most popular Braille Trail.

13 miles       2350' climb       3.5 hours       39% SINGLETRACK46% FIRE ROAD15% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
1
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

Demo Forest (Corral Trail)

Demo Forest (Corral Trail)

The shortest "full" loop you can make at Demo Forest. It misses some of the best trails, but might fill a need for an easier ride or for a second loop.

11 miles       1800' climb       2.5 hours       23% SINGLETRACK59% FIRE ROAD18% ROAD
Fun
10
Scenic
2
Aerobic
7
Technical
8

Demo Forest (Flow Trail)

Demo Forest (Flow Trail)

This route uses the newest trail at Demo to complete the loop, which is only the second flow trail built anywhere around the Bay Area.

14.5 miles       2450' climb       3.5 hours       43% SINGLETRACK44% FIRE ROAD13% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
2
Aerobic
8
Technical
8

Demo Forest (Sawpit Trail)

Demo Forest (Sawpit Trail)

The longest single loop possible at this first-rate mountain biking destination.

15 miles       2750' climb       4 hours       39% SINGLETRACK49% FIRE ROAD12% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

El Sereno

El Sereno

This preserve does not provide any good loop options but, as long as you're okay with climbing on fire roads, this is a good and scenic workout option for this vicinity.

11 miles       2300' climb       2.5 hours       66% FIRE ROAD34% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
2
Aerobic
8
Technical
1

Empire Grade Loop

Empire Grade Loop

A stiff workout with a good mix of woodland solitude and mountain settlements when done as a loop. Arguably even more satisfying when done as an out-and-back instead.

36.5 miles       3650' climb       4.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
5
Aerobic
2
Technical
1

Foothill Expressway

Foothill Expressway

A flat, safe, and easy (if a little busy) road ride that is an option that's obvious to all locals, and whose main appeal is as a starting point for longer rides rather than as this brief out-and-back.

19 miles       650' climb       1.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
9
Technical
6

Fort Ord (2007 Sea Otter course)

Fort Ord (2007 Sea Otter course)

A long and challenging trail ride along what used to be the course of the Sea Otter cross-country race.

19.5 miles       3500' climb       6 hours       34% SINGLETRACK54% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED10% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
5
Aerobic
9
Technical
6

Fort Ord (2012 Sea Otter course)

Fort Ord (2012 Sea Otter course)

Another long and rewarding trail ride in this huge playground, this one along a more recently used Sea Otter race course.

21.5 miles       3500' climb       4.5 hours       40% SINGLETRACK50% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED7% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
4

Fort Ord (eastern trails)

Fort Ord (eastern trails)

A comparatively easy loop for those interested more in exploring as much of Fort Ord singletrack as possible than in replicating a Sea Otter race course.

12.5 miles       2050' climb       3 hours       49% SINGLETRACK50% FIRE ROAD1% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
4
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Fremont Older

Fremont Older

A small park that has some very nice ride possibilities for locals, but does not offer enough to be considered a riding destination.

6 miles       1400' climb       2 hours       54% SINGLETRACK46% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
3

Grant Ranch

Grant Ranch

A challenging fire-road ride in typical East Bay scenery and not too much else.

17 miles       3200' climb       4 hours       5% SINGLETRACK92% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED1% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
3
Aerobic
8
Technical
6

Grizzly Flat and Charcoal Grade

Grizzly Flat and Charcoal Grade

A short loop that has you descending a mediocre forest fire road only to do one of the region's most notorious climbs, but redeems itself with some sweet singletrack near the end, not to mention two cute creek crossings.

10.5 miles       2550' climb       3.5 hours       48% SINGLETRACK52% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
8
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

Harvey Bear Ranch

Harvey Bear Ranch

A ride with a healthy amount of decent singletrack in an area where you might least expect it, though it's all non-technical. It also doesn't hurt that the climbs are mostly reasonable and the scenery can be gorgeous.

16 miles       2300' climb       3 hours       57% SINGLETRACK43% FIRE ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
6

Henry Coe (Grizzly Gulch)

Henry Coe (Grizzly Gulch)

This short loop mixes some scenery, fire road climbing, fun singletrack, and plenty of creek crossings, to add up to easy fun at this remote park.

9.5 miles       2600' climb       2.5 hours       77% SINGLETRACK23% FIRE ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
7

Henry Coe (Jackson and Dexter Trails)

Henry Coe (Jackson and Dexter Trails)

A short, fun, and easily accessible loop at one of the remotest wilderness areas you can access near the Bay Area.

13 miles       2600' climb       3 hours       50% SINGLETRACK19% FIRE ROAD31% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
5
Aerobic
6
Technical
7

Henry Coe (Middle Ridge Loop)

Henry Coe (Middle Ridge Loop)

One of the better known loops at this big mountain biking destination that provides fairly technical singletrack while avoiding too much steep climbing.

13.5 miles       2900' climb       4 hours       66% SINGLETRACK32% FIRE ROAD2% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
4
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Kennedy Road

Kennedy Road

An iconic South Bay loop aimed mainly at doing a famously challenging fire-road climb.

13.5 miles       2750' climb       3.5 hours       68% FIRE ROAD2% PAVED30% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
6
Aerobic
3
Technical
2

Lexington Reservoir Loop

Lexington Reservoir Loop

An easy, mostly-road loop around a reservoir with plenty of water views and almost no challenge.

11.5 miles       1300' climb       2 hours       7% SINGLETRACK27% FIRE ROAD4% PAVED62% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
3
Aerobic
2
Technical
2

Los Gatos Creek Trail

Los Gatos Creek Trail

An easy, paved, family-grade ride that is well located to be useful to many people and that manages to be peaceful and pretty (though crowded) despite cutting through fairly dense portions of the South Bay.

16.5 miles       600' climb       1.5 hours       98% PAVED2% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
4

Montebello Road - Stevens Canyon Loop

Montebello Road - Stevens Canyon Loop

A mixed ride that's both challenging and fun. As mixed rides go, this is one of the better ones that I know of, and could make it into many riders' favorites lists.

18 miles       3050' climb       3.5 hours       11% SINGLETRACK32% FIRE ROAD57% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
8
Aerobic
4
Technical
2

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

Arguably one of the most desirable casual rides on this site, offering beautiful coastal views, wildlife sightings, dune scenery, and some history; all without any serious effort.

29 miles       1000' climb       2.5 hours       97% PAVED3% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
8
Aerobic
10
Technical
2

Mount Hamilton

Mount Hamilton

The climb to our area's highest peak is less scary than you'd expect. It requires more stamina than power. The landscape is beautiful and the views are great but could be better.

37 miles       4700' climb       5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Mount Umunhum

Mount Umunhum

A tough mountain climb that allows you to enjoy one of the longest singletrack trails in the South Bay. Reaching one of the bay's most scenic mountain tops is a bonus.

14.5 miles       2650' climb       3.5 hours       46% SINGLETRACK35% FIRE ROAD4% PAVED15% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
1
Aerobic
4
Technical
2

Old Haul Road

Old Haul Road

An almost-flat out-and-back ride on a fire road for beginners. The good part is that it's under dense redwood cover and is arguably a true wilderness.

12.5 miles       1350' climb       2 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
6

Pacheco State Park

Pacheco State Park

There's enough singletrack to knock yourself out in this often overlooked, surprisingly fun, and surprisingly challenging park.

11 miles       2550' climb       4 hours       38% SINGLETRACK56% FIRE ROAD5% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
1

Pescadero - San Gregorio Loop

Pescadero - San Gregorio Loop

A fairly manageable road ride that can show you much of what the Peninsula coast has to offer, from tiny cute towns, to world class views, to cozy country roads, without taking up most of your day. A simple variation is also possible that is even easier.

32 miles       2350' climb       3.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
7
Aerobic
8
Technical
4

Priest Rock Loop

Priest Rock Loop

A ride with plenty of painful climbing where your satisfaction will come from a sense of achievement and a thrilling portion of the descent. The views are pretty good too.

17.5 miles       3950' climb       4.5 hours       85% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED12% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
3

Rancho Cañada del Oro

Rancho Cañada del Oro

This non-technical but challenging short ride exhausts the entire trail network of this small park, but it is one of the more fun and scenic ride options around this location.

10.5 miles       2600' climb       3 hours       100% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
2
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Route 9

Route 9

This is about as pure as a road climb gets. Nothing but 7 miles of climbing, followed by the descent of the same.

14 miles       2200' climb       2 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
2
Aerobic
5
Technical
5

Sanborn County Park

Sanborn County Park

A substantial ride on twisty forest singletrack that is reasonably fun without being a serious physical challenge. This is only an early sampling of more good stuff to come at Sanborn for bikers.

15 miles       2400' climb       3 hours       68% SINGLETRACK32% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 1)

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 1)

Easily the most mountain biking fun to be had around South San Jose. Two great technical singletrack trails connected via scenic fire roads with frequent steep climbs.

11 miles       2600' climb       3.5 hours       36% SINGLETRACK64% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
7
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 2)

Santa Teresa (Suggestion 2)

A variant of a typical Santa Teresa ride route that manages to add more singletrack riding to the mix but doesn't reduce the amount of painful climbs by very much.

11 miles       2550' climb       3.5 hours       49% SINGLETRACK50% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED
Fun
8
Scenic
4
Aerobic
7
Technical
5

Saratoga Gap and Long Ridge

Saratoga Gap and Long Ridge

One of the jewels of the Peninsula in terms of first-rate singletrack riding.

10 miles       1750' climb       2.5 hours       72% SINGLETRACK28% FIRE ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
9
Aerobic
4
Technical
3

17-Mile Drive

Seventeen-Mile Drive

A well-known route, though more as a scenic drive than a bike ride. That doesn't prevent it from being an easy road ride that's extremely scenic, however.

16 miles       1600' climb       2 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
5

Sierra Vista (Suggestion 1)

Sierra Vista (Suggestion 1)

A mixed ride with great views that allows a sampling of some of this area's rare (and newest) singletrack, if you're okay with lots of climbing, though a shorter and easier version is possible.

17 miles       4200' climb       5 hours       38% SINGLETRACK56% FIRE ROAD6% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
3

Sierra Vista (Suggestion 2)

Sierra Vista (Suggestion 2)

An easier and shorter option for sampling the newest and nicest non-technical singletrack in this area, though this still can't avoid a handful of steep climbs.

10 miles       2350' climb       2.5 hours       53% SINGLETRACK47% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
1
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Skyline Trail

Skyline Trail

One of the better singletrack rides you will find along Skyline Boulevard. Think of this trail as a long extension of Saratoga Gap Trail.

13 miles       2500' climb       3 hours       56% SINGLETRACK41% FIRE ROAD3% ROAD
Fun
5
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
3

St. Joseph's Hill

Saint Joseph's Hill

A good ride for the locals with a cluster of trails on a hilltop with good views, even including a tiny sampling of tasty singletrack.

8 miles       1550' climb       2 hours       10% SINGLETRACK77% FIRE ROAD3% PAVED10% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
2
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Stevens Canyon

Stevens Canyon

A reasonably entertaining out-and-back mixed ride whose length and (hence) difficulty you can adjust to your taste.

11.5 miles       1800' climb       2 hours       19% SINGLETRACK43% FIRE ROAD38% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
4
Aerobic
2
Technical
2

Stevens Creek Trail

Stevens Creek Trail

A very easy ride on a paved, family-grade trail that's made especially useful because it connects to the very popular Shoreline Park and to a whole bevy of flat dirt trails by the bay shore.

13.5 miles       450' climb       1.5 hours       100% PAVED
Fun
4
Scenic
3
Aerobic
3
Technical
1

Stevens Creek Reservoir Loop

Stevens Creek Reservoir Loop

This easy road loop could be either used as an unchallenging beginner ride on its own, or made the basis of much longer road and trail ride options for experienced riders.

12 miles       950' climb       1.5 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
4
Scenic
8
Aerobic
6
Technical
2

Summit Road

Summit Road

An uninteresting ride on a very interesting road. Getting to see familiar scenery from unfamiliar vantage points at very high elevation is the biggest bonus.

19.5 miles       3050' climb       4 hours       40% FIRE ROAD60% ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
7
Aerobic
6
Technical
3

Uvas Reservoir Loop

Uvas Reservoir Loop

A short and easy road loop with pretty landscape and nice water views just a hop and a skip away from the busy Highway 101 corridor.

22 miles       1150' climb       2 hours       100% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Wilder Ranch (Enchanted Loop via Horseman's Trail)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 2)

A slight variation on my favorite loop in one of my favorite parks to ride in. The variation doesn't add much to the fun of the ride, but it's okay enough to try once for a change.

15.5 miles       2000' climb       3.5 hours       54% SINGLETRACK40% FIRE ROAD1% PAVED5% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
7

Wilder Ranch (Enchanted Loop via Wild Boar Trail)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 1)

A way to experience, arguably, all of the best features of this excellent mountain biking destination in a single moderate loop.

15 miles       2400' climb       3.5 hours       64% SINGLETRACK30% FIRE ROAD5% PAVED1% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
6
Technical
5

Wilder Ranch (Eucalyptus Loop and Long Meadow Trail)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 3)

This alternate route through this scenic park misses some of the park's highlights, but it's worth a try to see different parts of the park's trail network and may be preferable for riders with less experience.

11.5 miles       1700' climb       2.5 hours       27% SINGLETRACK67% FIRE ROAD5% PAVED1% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
8
Aerobic
5
Technical
6

Wilder Ranch (Ohlone Bluff Trail and Baldwin Loop)

Wilder Ranch (Ride 4)

An easy ride at this great mountain biking destination that includes the (judging by the vegetation) much underused Baldwin Loop.

13 miles       1500' climb       3.5 hours       29% SINGLETRACK53% FIRE ROAD18% ROAD


© Ergin Guney