A Local Loop in the Big Trees for Mountain Biking Beginners
Bay Area riders whom favor mountain biking have a lot of terrain to choose from...but most of it requires a quick little drive to access. If you live in the East Bay, however, there's a 12 mile loop in the Oakland Hills that's yours for the taking.
Early mornings and mid-week evenings are best out here, when there are few visitors to the park. Bikes have to yield to hikers and dogs out here so be on the lookout!
The route is a wide fire road perfect for beginners as there is little technical difficulty. Just roll with it! The route also offers plenty of elevation gain and loss (one big descent and one big ascent back out of the canyon to get you used to riding in the Bay!) which make it satisfactory for advanced riders looking to get their heart pumping without thinking too much on the ride.
It is recommended that you park in the Sequoia Parking Lot accessible from Sir Francis Drake and then ride counterclockwise around the loop; also note that there is just one trail that is designated for cyclists (taking on the other trails in the park is technically poaching. ;) ) Check out the trail maps on the link below for more details.
Enjoy the big views, the satisfying climbs, and the dose of dirt out here as a little mid week temptation, or a way to whet your whistle on big wheels!