catching dirt

by
par
Laura Krull
by
and
Laura Krull
by
and
Jesse Boudart

Bay Area

26

mi

km

Distance

distance

30

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

3.5

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

1

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

34mm

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

Novice

Easy

Intermediate

Hard

Extreme

débutant

facile

intermédiaire

dur

extrême

Difficulty

difficulté

catching dirt

by
par
Laura Krull
by
and
Laura Krull
by
and
Jesse Boudart

Distance

Distance

26

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

30

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

3.5

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

1

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

34mm

Difficulty

difficulté

Easy

description

la description

Cast your line north over the bridge and reel in some dirt.

Arrange all your tackle together at the Conservatory of Flowers and cast away north toward the Marin Headlands. There’s a place to grab some baked goods on Arguello on your way up to the Golden Gate Bridge (or on your way home). 

Wiggle through the Presidio and cross the bridge - it can be a wild ride navigating all the pedestrians and selfie sticks. Once you’re on the Marin side, pedal up Hawk Hill to the circle and hit your first section of downhill dirt. The Coastal Trail is like a rollercoaster! Tons of fun, but be careful - there are some loose gravel sections and water bars that can either act as a jump or a trail hazard. At the bottom of the hill, cross the paved road and return to the dirt. Bobcat Trail will climb steadily up and around the ridges of the Marin Headlands. Be sure to look around you as you climb because the views are fantastic! 

When you reach the top of Bobcat, you’ll veer right onto Marincello Trail and descend quickly into the Tennessee Valley. This was once all slated to be a huge housing development, if you can believe it - 30,000 people in apartment towers, which is hard to picture riding through it today. Keep your eyes peeled for those same jumps and/or hazards which can easily buck you off your mechanized steed if you aren’t paying attention. When you reach the bottom, head down Tennessee Valley Road toward Tam Junction. Hop onto the wooden bike paths which link you back up with the heavily trafficked Mill Valley-Sausalito path. Turn right and steer South, back toward Sausalito. Soon after, you’ll begin the sharp climb back up to the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll cruise back toward the city and your well-deserved post-ride meal.

route created on
4/7/21
  • A nice introduction to Headlands dirt
  • Sweet dirt descents, and a challenging dirt climb.
  • Wonderful views of Marin
  • The hills are steep - just like San Francisco
  • The descents can be loose and slippery

  • Views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Views of the Bay
  • Low water availability on the route
loose dirt, hard dirt
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highlights

  • A nice introduction to Headlands dirt
  • Sweet dirt descents, and a challenging dirt climb.
  • Wonderful views of Marin

what to know

  • The hills are steep - just like San Francisco
  • The descents can be loose and slippery

points of interest

  • Views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Views of the Bay

food / hydration

  • Low water availability on the route

terrain

loose dirt, hard dirt

route map

la plan de route

photos

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