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Level: Intermediate
Length: 23 mi (37 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,297/ -1,572 ft
Total: 51 riders

Mountain Biking Bolinas Ridge

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#207 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#2,737 in the world

Starts off with a 6 mile climb on fire road. At all crossing stay straight ahead. Nice redwoods and views of coast. Dead ends at Bolinas- Fairfax road. This a nice winter ride. We have combined this trail with Samuel P Taylor park for some extra milage. Another good Single Speed ride.

First added by Juan_Gear on Jun 11, 2005. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take Sir Francis Blvd off of Hwy 101 in San Rafael towards the coast. just passed the Olema 1 mile sign is the park along road.
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  • MTBinCotati

    Pretty much a fire road with great views. Almost half of the trail was rutted from cattle and a good winter. The other half is in the redwoods and is quite nice.

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  • Eric Foltz

    This is one of the local classics that has gone out of style as other areas have developed. It is still a good ride with great views from the ridge and it is always cool in the Redwoods at the top.

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  • mc625569

    Trail was pretty torn up along the ridge when we went, making it very disjointed and more difficult than it needed to be. Great view, but anti flowy

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  • Cliff_DImond

    Bolinas Ridge is spectacular. You may run across a few bikers and runners, but the fire road has enough room that nobody is miffed. We did Feature Ride 1 as suggested by bikemapdude.com and found the descent to Olema Valley via Mc Curdy Trail to be severely rutted. It is a poorly maintained trail that has overkill water bars for half the way down. However , the second half gets better. I suspect few people actually use it. At the bottom we crossed to return up the Olema Valley trail to complete a 20 mile loop. However, as stated, this trail is severely overgrown and the stinging nettle & poison oak forced us back to Hwy 1 to return to the trailhead at Sir Frances Drake. I am sure this changes depending on the season and amount of precipitation. Several people suggested that the Randall Trail is a much better connection. Next time, we will either stick to an out and back along the ridge or take the Randall Trail down to the valley below. All in all, It was well worth the adventure!

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  • CJPM

    This trail is fun but there are some more tec. spots in some places but overall not that bad. A full suspension bike really makes this trail fun

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  • ****

    Bolinas Ridge was one of my first mountain bike rides in CA - and WHAT a ride! It's a ridge (as the name suggests). There are basically 4 choices...

    1. Start at the top of ridge and do an out-and-back
    2. Start at the bottom of the ride and do an out-and-back
    3. Start on one end and ride the ride (leaving a car at both ends)
    4. Make a loop out of the ride by using the cut-offs

    Personally, I like starting at the bottom and riding the ridge up. It's a long ride, but offers magnificent views of the ocean and the bay. Half the ride is through grassy fields (through a few private gates) and the other half is in the redwoods. Hard to beat this ride - as long as you've got the lungs and the legs!

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  • jasper

    Fire road with great views. Start at Kent lake on right side up to link ridge. Makes great downhill blaze on return.

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  • Juan_Gear

    Did this as a newby. Got lost and took us six hours( cool ) We rip it now. Really nice on a stormy day!

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