Mountain Biking on the San Francisco Peninsula
and in the South Bay Area
Rev. July 2000
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The San Francisco Bay Area is rightly regarded as
a mountain biking Mecca. In the South Bay and on the
SF Peninsula alone, over 440 miles of trail are open
to mountain biking as of July 2000:
Maps of these parks are available from
the parks and many are included on the Trail Center maps Trail
Map of the Southern Peninsula and Trail Map of the Central
Peninsula (forthcoming). Another excellent source of information
(including trail/road grades) are the Krebs Cycle Products mountain biking
maps, which are available from many bike and outdoor stores and from
Krebs Cycle Products (P.O. Box 82, Aptos, CA 95001). We recommend
contacting the park for current information before riding.
If you are new to the sport of mountain biking or
would like to ride with others, you may wish to
contact the cycling clubs active in our area:
The public lands in the
South Bay and SF Peninsula are more bike-friendly
than in many areas, but the public perception of
irresponsible bikers threatens trail access. Please
ride responsibly and observe the
International Mountain Biking Association's
(IMBA) Rules of the Trail (an expanded version,
along with other tips can be found on ROMP's Beginner's Guide to Mountain
And finally, consider
volunteering to maintain trails with the Trail
Center, ROMP, or MROSD.
- Ride on open trails only – Respect trail
closures and private property.
- Leave no trace – Be sensitive to trail
conditions and be especially careful about riding
muddy trails, which can leave grooves that will
later erode. Skidding causes severe trail damage
and isn't an efficient way to stop.
- Control your bicycle! – Stay within
posted speed limits and always slow down or stop
when approaching other trail users.
- Always yield the trail – Let others know
you're approaching and be courteous. Stop and get
off for equestrians! Yield to uphill bike traffic -
they have the right of way.
- Never spook animals – Use special care
around horses, but be careful around all animals -
a startle animal may be dangerous to you, for
others, and for the animal. Leave gates as you find
- Plan ahead – Know your equipment, your
route and your abilities! Wear a helmet and keep
your bike in good condition. Always carry
sufficient food, water and other supplies.
California State Parks
Santa Clara County
of Palo Alto
Misc. Baylands Parks
Trail Center. All rights reserved.
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