Mountain Biking on the San Francisco Peninsula and in the South Bay Area
Rev. July 2000
Many State Parks allow biking on fire roads but generally
not on trails. Consult the park ranger for further
- Big Basin (831) 338-6132: 12 mi. of fire roads open. Moderate terrain.
- Butano (650) 879-0173: 3 mi. of fire roads open. Moderate to steep terrain.
- Forest of Nisene Marks
(831) 335-4598: 15 mi. open. Single-track west of steel bridge open to bikes. Gentle to steep terrain.
- Henry Cowell Redwoods (831) 335-1598: 3 mi. of fire roads open.
- Henry Coe (408) 779-2728: 100
(more or less) miles open (yes, it's that big!). Very
steep terrain. Ask for the free bicyclists' map at the
- Pacheco (209) 826-6283 or (209)
826-1196: 28 mi. of ranch and fire roads open. Gentle to moderate grades.
- Portola (650) 948-9098: 2 mi.
open. Connects to Pescadero Creek and Memorial County Parks. Gentle terrain - good beginner's ride.
- Wilder Ranch (831) 423-9703: 35
mi. of old ranch roads. Gentle to moderate terrain. Great views.
17 different preserves, including Sierra Azul, Long
Ridge. Montebello and Fremont Older, permit bicycling on
trails and fire roads. There is no mountain biking
permitted at Rancho San Antonio, [or - beginning Sept. 1,
2000 - at Foothills, La Honda Creek, Los Trancos, Picchetti
Ranch, Pulgas Ridge, Teague Hill, or Thornewood]. Only the
fire road on Spring Ridge is open for mountain biking at
Windy Hill. There are also isolated trails, which are
marked, throughout the 17 preserves, upon which biking is
prohibited. Use of fire roads is encouraged. See the MROSD
website, contact the MROSD office at (650) 691-1200 or
contact the Trail Center for more information.
- Coal Creek: 4 mi. open to bikes.
Connects to Monte Bello OSP. Moderate to steep terrain.
- El Corte de Madera: 15 mi. of old
logging roads and trails open to bikes. Moderate to very steep terrain.
- El Sereno: 4 mi. open. Steep dirt roads, great views.
- Fremont Older: 5 mi. open. Connects
to Stevens Creek Co. Park. Moderate to steep terrain. Very popular.
- Long Ridge: 7 mi. open. Connects to
Saratoga Gap, Upper Stevens Creek Go. Park. Moderate
terrain, some single-track. Great views from the ridge.
- Monte Bello (Page Mill Road area):
8 mi. open. Connects to Coal Creek, Long Ridge, Skyline
OSP and Upper Stevens Creek Co. Park. Canyon Trail very
popular mtn. bike trail. Moderate terrain.
- Purisima Creek Redwoods: 7 mi.
open. Moderate to steep trails. Beautiful redwood
forests. Whittemore Gulch Trail open to bikes during dry weather only.
- Russian Ridge: 6 mi. open. Grassy
ridgeline with panoramic views. Moderate terrain.
- Saratoga Gap: 1 mi. open. Connects
to Long Ridge and Upper Stevens Creek Co. Park. Moderate
to gentle terrain. Narrow single-track trail (experienced riders only.)
- Sierra Azul: 10 mi. open. Connects
to Lexington Reservoir recreation area. Steep terrain.
Very popular with strong riders. Hot and exposed in summer months.
- Skyline Ridge: 3 mi. open. Connects to Montebello. Moderate to steep terrain.
- St. Joseph's Hill: 2 mi. open.
Moderate climb to the top of the hill. Great view of Santa Clara Valley.
- Windy Hill: 2 mi. open. Spring
Ridge Trail open to bikes. Steep terrain.
- Cycling Clubs
- California State Parks
- San Mateo County
- Santa Clara County
- City of Palo Alto
- Misc. Baylands Parks
- Misc. Bike Trails
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