Fantastic Marin County Hiking and Biking options!
One of the most popular activities in Marin County, and one you should really consider doing when staying at the Marin Vacation Retreat Home, is biking, Mountain or Road. In fact, it is said that Marin's Mt. Tamalpais is the birthplace of the Mountain Bike. With thousand of miles of open space, and numerous parks at Marinites fingertips, it is a great way to see the best of Marin and Nature!
When you come to Marin, get on your bike; there is a lot to ride and see!
NEW!!!! Stafford Lake Bicycle Park!
Features slalom courses, jumps, burms, and gravity fed flow trails. Designed for riders of all ages and riding abilities. 17 acre park!
Get the details! See link- http://www.marincountyparks.org/depts/pk/divisions/parks/stafford-lake-bike-park
Great Marin County Places to explore via hiking or biking:
- Bolinas Ridge/Olema Valley, Bolinas: http://www.btcmarin.org/maps/maps_bo_ridge.htm
- beautiful loops through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- well-marked fire roads and little-known singletrack
- rolling landscape of grassland and forest
- Camp Tamarancho, Fairfax: http://www.btcmarin.org/maps/maps_tamarancho.htm
- Owned by the Boy Scouts of America, a 'Friends Pass' is required to ride Tamarancho. At $5 for 1-day or $40 for the year, it's a very worthwhile investment to ride some of Marin's last legal singletrack.
- excellent 13-mile all-singletrack loop terrain ranging from fast hardpack to twisty, rocky, technical sections.
- Lots of elevation change, beautiful redwoods, and sweeping views of mount Tam
- Difficulty is intermediate-to-advanced.
- Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes: Located on 100 miles of unspoiled California coastline and only one hour north of San Francisco, Point Reyes is a wonderful place to explore on a mountain bike. Most of the riding is on fire roads, with some select singletrack open to bikes. The scenery is the true draw here, and there is none better in terms of rugged, stunning coast. Terrain is easy-to-moderate.
- Rush Creek, Novato: http://www.btcmarin.org/maps/maps_rush_creek.htm
- A pleasant beginner ride, with lots of dappling shade while riding amongst the oaks and bay laurel. The trail runs northeast, parallel to and between Rush Creek and the lower slopes of Green Ridge east of Highway 101. A diverse waterfowl population uses the wetlands of the Petaluma River to the north of the creek, with excellent vistas of Mt. Burdell to the west and Sonoma Mountain to the north. There is very little elevation change and total distance out and back is approx. 10 miles.
- Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley: http://parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=471
- Birthplace of the modern mountain bike
- most of the singletrack trails on Mt. Tamalpais are now illegal for bicycles.
- Mountain impresses with the challenge of rapid elevation change most beautiful views anywhere in the Bay Area.
- There are many famous fire roads
- few sections of sweet legal singletrack that wind around Mt. Tam,
- beautiful rides through the lakes area of the Tamalpais Municipal Water District.
- Terrain ranges from easy to difficult (rapid elevation change).
- Tennessee Valley, Near Tamalpais Valley, Mill Valley:
- http://www.btcmarin.org/maps/maps_tam_valley.htm , http://www.btcmarin.org/maps/maps_tam_valley2.htm
- Tennessee Valley to Gerbode Valley
- Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach Loop
- Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the intermediate-level Tennessee Valley Loops are characterized by wide open ridgeland with sweeping panoramas and offer a variety of trail conditions. Summertime weather can vary, temperatures can drop 20 or more degrees in a matter of minutes when the fog comes in, so be prepared and pack a windbreaker. Expect anywhere from 1600-2500ft of elevation change.
- Angel Island: http://www.btcmarin.org/maps/maps_angel_island.htm
- Angel Island State Park is located in San Francisco Bay and can be reached by ferries from San Francisco, Vallejo, Oakland and Tiburon. This ride departs from the Angel Island ferry dock, located just North of Sam's Anchor Cafe on Main St. in Tiburon, Marin County. This ferry runs virtually every day, year round (call 415.435.2131 for times). -- Please note that the ferry company does not provide regular weekday service between December and February. For accurate fare and schedule information check out http://www.angelislandferry.com.
- Inverness Ridge
- Steep and narrow, but great views of Drakes Estero.
- Single track is recommended for more experienced riders
- descends from the radio tower at the top of Vision Road to the Bay View Trail and Limantour Road.
- Marshall Beach
- Great family ride;
- Trail drops down at the end, ending at Marshall Beach on Tomales Bay
- Drake's Estero
- Confident bikers,
- views of Drakes Estero throughout.
- Many rough patches provide great fun for the more adventurous.
- Samuel P. Taylor
- Separate from Point Reyes National Seashore
- Samuel P. Taylor State Park, which has the Cross Marin Trail, starting at Tacoloma at the Platform Bridge Road. The path is paved, cool, and shady and makes great riding for kids and beginners.
- Bolinas Ridge worth the effort for the view and the trip back down!
- Best views of Tomales Bay and the surrounding areas.
- Some tough climbs
- Beginners will enjoy the mostly smooth track but may want to walk some of the steep hill and rutted patches.
Mt.Tamalpais - East Peak - Bolinas Ridge