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  1. Get ready to get your butt kicked as you climb Marin’s tallest mountain. Riding the thrilling, picturesque roads of Mt. Tamalpais is on most everyone’s weekend warrior list.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    8.1 miles
    Duration
  2. The prominent East Bay peak known today as Devil Mountain or Mt. Diablo, is the centerpiece of Mt Diablo State Park, and the view is well worth the trek to the top. It boasts one of the largest view sheds in the Western United States, and with clear skies in full force you can see all the way to the Sierras.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    25.9 miles
    Duration
    +/- 2 hours
  3. Climb Tunnel Rd. to its intersection with Grizzly Peak Blvd., tracing the ridgeline of the Oakland and Berkeley hills. The climbing is well worth the effort—catch panoramic views over the Bay to the west, and scenic overlooks of rolling hills to the east.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.9 miles
    Duration
  4. An epic climb with a rewarding descent in the Marin Headlands, riding past historic WW2 barracks, local surfers at Fort. Cronkite and straight through the tunnel to Sausalito.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    5.9 miles
    Duration
    It's not too big of a loop, but you'll likely want to stop for 5 minutes and take in the ocean views, while also enjoying a slow descent down the steep grade back to sea level.
  5. Very easy and very popular 5-mile ride that runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    21.7 miles
    Duration
    1 hour
  6. Though pretty challenging, the 67-mile Alpine Dam Loop is one of the most beautiful rides in the Bay Area.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    17.2 miles
    Duration
    If you're hitting it really hard, you can crank out Alpine Dam in less than five hours. But mere mortals will likely need more time for a breather at different spots along the route.
  7. Coastal views and a roller coaster ride on the legendary Highway One.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    26.5 miles
    Duration
    At approximately 25 miles, this loop takes you up steep climbs and long descents. Pro cyclists train on these hills and can ride in half the time.
  8. Mount Diablo offers a lung-busting, leg-burning ride with big rewards for those brave enough to attempt it.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    21.2 miles
    Duration
    3-5 hours
  9. One of the classic road rides in the Berkeley Hills.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.4 miles
    Duration
  10. West of the the Golden Gate Bridge, Kirby Cove's beach and small campground sit on the shore of the Bay beneath the Marin Headlands. On a clear day, expect standout views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge during your entire ride.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    5.2 miles
    Duration
  11. Named for its otherworldly feel, the 36-mile Planet of the Apes is becoming increasingly popular.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    5.5 miles
    Duration
    3 hours or longer
  12. Towering redwoods, stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Marin Headlands, fun, flowy route options: the Presidio’s many appeals are easily explored on two wheels.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    3.6 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  13. A legendary loop around the city of San Francisco

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    0.1 miles
    Duration
    If you ride on the weekends, expect a lot of traffic and a longer ride.
  14. Imagine a 338-mile scenic (and mostly flat!) ride along the entire Bay Area. When completed, it will extend 500 miles and link 47 cities.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    2.1 miles
    Duration
    A few hours to a full day.
  15. The 38-mile Paradise Loop features a totally doable 1,600 feet of elevation gain of mostly easy rollers, jaw-dropping vistas of the bay and city skyline, and plenty of places in Sausalito to stop for a snack on the way home.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    3.0 miles
    Duration
    2-4 hours
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