Kick off from your morning beverage and wind through the streets of San Francisco to reach the Golden Gate Bridge. Cross the bridge, summit Hawk Hill, and when you reach the traffic circle, bomb down Coastal Trail into the dirtier side of the Marin Headlands. The sandy trails will climb up and over the headlands while catching some cool views of the ocean and Mt. Tamalpais. Don’t forget to enjoy the singletrack of Miwok Trail!
On the furthest extent of the wilderness, you’ll ride down Diaz Ridge Trail, a downhill singletrack filled with switchbacks. After that, you’ll need to climb out of Muir Beach, back up the hill on Middle Green Gulch trail to once again reach the ridge that you just descended from. You’ll keep climbing over one more distinct summit, Coyote Ridge, and then it’s smooth sailing back toward San Francisco.
At the bottom of the hill at the Tennessee Valley Trailhead, you’ll take the paved Tennessee Valley Road and later a shared-use, sometimes wooden path along Coyote Creek. You’ll rejoin the paved Mill Valley-Sausalito trail and ride through Sausalito back toward the final climb back up to the Golden Gate Bridge. Battle the crosswinds as you traverse the Golden Gate Bridge again, and then wind back through the Presidio toward your post-ride hangout spot.