One of the classic road rides in the Berkeley Hills, this ride has a little bit of everything. The climb takes you up into the heights about San Francisco, offering spectacular views of the city below. The climbs are fun, with a stiff 2,000 feet of vertical gain on the way.
What Makes It Great
As a straightforward loop, this ride should take cyclists around 2 hours or less, though there are many reasons to stop and admire the views. The city skyline, Mount Tamalpais, and the rolling hills are all worth a closer look. There are a few options to add on other destinations, such as Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, and cyclists can make this a great half-day outing.
Who is Going to Love It
Strong cyclists will enjoy pushing themselves on the hills while more casual riders will have a good time taking in the views and getting a solid workout.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From the Rockridge BART station, head NW up Claremont Avenue until it intersects with Tunnel Road. Take a right on Tunnel and be prepared for a slow and steady climb up winding switchbacks into the hills. Be sure to enjoy the views on the way up, but also be on the lookout for cars coming around the curves too quickly. Tunnel Road will eventually turn into Skyline Blvd. Continue on Skyline until you can make a left onto Grizzly Peak Blvd. Once you crest the ridge, you'll be able to explore seemingly limitless cycling opportunities. Or stay on Grizzly Peak Blvd as it descends back into the north end of Berkeley.