Many people don’t know that there are off road cycling opportunities in San Francisco. It’s almost unknown, yet an amazing resource for locals and visitors. There is a range of geography, flora and fauna, styles of trail to keep riders of all levels interested and able to improve their fitness and skills. You can ride these trails on a mountain bike, cyclocross bike, and we’ve even seen road bikes and children on push bikes.
We’re working on a series of trail maps in San Francisco which highlight the variety of trails.
San Miguel Hills Loop
The San Miguel Hills are the northernmost part of the Santa Cruz Mountains which make up the spine of the San Francisco Peninsula. You can ride a loop which explores the northern most one, Mt. Sutro (which has its own nice trail system), Twin Peaks, and connect by descending to Laguna Honda on the western flanks of Mt Sutro. This loop has great views (with plenty of climbing) and also often demonstrates several different micro-climates.
Golden Gate Park Loop
Golden Gate Park is perhaps the most famous park in San Francisco. The western park is rustic in style, and home to historic bridle trails which also are great for cycling. The park is flat by San Francisco standards, which makes it an excellent locations for beginners–both youth and adults.
McLaren park is relatively unknown, yet the second largest city park in San Francisco. A new plan for the park is being discussed at this time, and we hope to include off road cycling in the park to activate the park and connect the surrounding neighborhoods and planned bike park.
If you are interested in a bike skills park, check out the McLaren Bike Park.
City Wide Loop
If you want to get a good workout, or want to explore or connect different parts of the city, SF Urban Riders will be proposing a city wide loop.