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Northern California has some of the best mountain biking in the world! I can see Mt. Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands from my living room, Lake Tahoe is only a few hours away.

Here are some of my favorite rides:

Ride Scoop Description
Bobcat Trail
(Marin Headlands)
Great Marin Headlands escape right from my house.
30 mile loop, fire road and pavement.
From SF Marina across the Golden Gate, uphill to the Coastal Trail. Descend, cross the paved road, find trail head. Head uphill, then down to the horse stables. Return via Tennessee Valley road and Sausalito.
Mt. Tam
(Marin Headlands)
Another great escape right from my house.
45 mile loop, fire road and pavement.
From SF Marina across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito to Mill Valley. Continue on East Blithesdale until treailhead. Ascend the trail, which hits the Old Railroad Grade. Return via the backside across the ridge.
Montebello Open Space (SF Peninsula) Great track between Palo Alto and Stevens Creek reservoir.
± 30 miles, single track and pavement.
Head up Alpine Road from Palo Alto, left on Page Mill to Monte Bello Parking. Hit trail and keep on going. Return via Montebello Road and Foothill Expressway.
Flume Trail
(Lake Tahoe)
Gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe. Great stretch of single track.
Various rides possible 20-35 miles, fire road and single track, high elevation (6500-8300').
The complete loop: Start at Spooner Lake on the East side of the lake (near Hwy. 50 / 28 intersection). Take fireroad uphill by Marlette lake to the single track. Continue on Tunnel Creek road East and loop back through the valley. Hit a stretch of the Tahoe Rim Trail North to Twin Lakes and return via Flume Trail.
Tahoe Rim Trail
(Lake Tahoe)
The highest elevation trail I know of in the Tahoe area: 9600' over Armstrong Pass. Unbelievable views of Tahoe and the Carson Valley.
35 miles one-way, mostly single track, decomposed granite (sand).
Start at Big Meadows parking lot on Hwy. 89. Head Tahoe Rim Trail North to Heavenly ski resort. Descend to Hwy. 207 which leads into South Lake Tahoe.

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