Devil's Slide's Brand New Paved Trail and Tunnel Ride | SF to Montara

The Devil's Slide Multi-use Trail just opened 3/27/2014. It's great because not only is it a dramatic stretch of the coast to see, but it's a safer way to go north instead of Northbound  HWY 1.  The Devil's Slide Tunnel is fabulous fun going on Southbound  Hwy 1 and I don't want to miss that!

The trail is 1.3 miles and we will stop often for photo ops and views. 

Details: About 47 miles with 3400' climb  Average Pace: 14-16 MPH on the flats  Route: Round trip SF, Pacifica, Montara

! Precaution: This is an Advanced Intermediate ride with prolonged climbs.  You must be comfortable on roadways with traffic and narrow shoulders in some places.  There are 1.8 miles on northbound HWY 1 from Montara to the south entrance of the trail.  We will be returning via the very long and steep Sharp Park Road and then north on Skyline Blvd. which includes the crossing over 2 Freeway Entrances but is a standard route for cyclists.  It is not pleasant but gets the job done for the return.  I have some side streets after a good portion of the road and we wrap around the East Side of Lake Merced.

We've done this return route from Pacifica in the past. 

Meet: 9:15 AM  Depart: 9:30 Sharp  I'm sorry I can't estimate the return time.  Bailout is Daly City BART

                                              Montara Bakery

Water, Restroom, Snack and Lunch stops: Sharp Park Golf Course and the adorable Montara Bakery.

Bring: Helmet, Snacks. Lytes, Water, Tube, Pump and Lunch Money-you order at the counter

Activity Fee:  2.00 for website and organizer fees 

Rough Route: MapMyRide and Google don't have the new trail in their system, yet, so I can't trace it. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/382595040/

Trail Info Website: http://parks.smcgov.org/locations/visiting-devils-slide-trail

Rain/Drizzle Cancels and we'll reschedule

One of our members, Rez, worked on the tunnel construction.  They used a combination of explosives and about a dozen "tunnel scrapers" which cost about 100-150K a piece.  Here are some of his pictures.  Thanks, Rez.



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  • Roosevelt Truong

    For some reason the climbs felt really easy. Recently I just learned how to pace my climbs so that I can be efficient. Maybe that is why..but overall, this is one of the best rides i enjoyed.

    1 · April 21

    • Franny

      A really pretty ride! Well, you're in great shape and pacing is important…I just want to see you eat more than a couple of bananas during long rides!

      April 21

  • Enikő Torneby

    Great ride. Thanks for waiting and looking out for me.

    1 · April 21

    • henry

      We're all in together, Eniko!

      April 21

    • Jason U.

      No problem...

      April 21

  • Raquel Fones

    Im running 15 min late. Can someone post a few direcions of the bike ride. Ill caatch up. Thanks!!

    April 20

    • Franny

      Raquel. So sorry we missed you. I think I mentioned we had such a large group and after 9:30 there were no texts so I though we had everyone. I did send out my cell # to attendees. Hopefully things will go smoothly next time.

      1 · April 20

    • Raquel Fones

      Hi Franny, i mapped the directions to Montara, and when i was on my way to catch up with the group, I run into a friend who was also doing a bike ride, but towards Tiburon, i ended up heading north with her. I hope to see you next sunday. Have a great week :)

      1 · April 21

  • Orla O'Hara

    Wonderful ride even though it was challenging for me. Great group of people all looking out for each other. Lovely lunch at Montara Cafe and Bakery. Fabulous weather, glorious views and flocks of pelicans in formation. You can't ask for better than this! Thanks Franny!

    2 · April 20

    • Franny

      Good for rising to the occasion, Orla. Or Riding to the Occasion! So nice to meet u!

      1 · April 20

  • billy tam

    great fun ride.. thanks Fanny for organizing. So which part is the 2 miles of constant climbing? The one really got me was on our way out via the highway (not the switch back).

    1 · April 20

    • Franny

      Ryan, glad you felt challenged for once!

      April 20

    • Ryan LaBarre

      HA! I think I lose about 2 pounds just in sweat when I do these rides fixed. I took a nice long nap as soon as I got home :P

      1 · April 20

  • Ryan LaBarre

    Great route with lots of really good riders, perfect weather, and fun times at lunch. Thanks Franny for organizing another awesome ride!

    2 · April 20

  • Franny

    …and Daren, hope your knee heals quickly; Dave glad your thumb is back in action; Ge hope you have a restful evening in the Montara hostel, Joi, hope you enjoyed the ride at your climbing pace, hope everyone with flats made it home ok, thanks for supporting each other, and good luck to the gals doing the Wine Century!

    1 · April 20

  • Franny

    What a fun ride today with such a great group of people. This route is like Disneyland to me--the switchbacks are Dumbo; the Tunnel is Space Mountain, and Skyline is the Tower of Terror. I can't think of a ride to compare the Devil's Slide path-it was simply gorgeous.

    1 · April 20

  • Paul F

    The climb: Sharp Park Road appears to be 2 miles of constant climbing. I have never been there nor seen the road (except for the youtube videos). Internet reports indicate some people takes breaks while climbing. Questions: 1- Will this group climb without stopping? 2- If so. can the slower bikes leave the lunch stop early to start climbing before the main group (or would that be to much of an interruption to the group ride organization / coordination?

    1 · April 16

    • Joi

      Paul, I'm a slow climber, so I'll be right there with you. And I'm biking 80 miles on Sat... so I'm sure I'll have to stop a bit on that sharp park climb too.

      April 19

    • Paul F

      Thank you Joi ... but I am having to bow out of this ride but hey .... save a dance (or in this case ... a slow him climb) for me in the future.

      April 20

  • Franny

    See comment in Bike The Bay for directions home. Sorry! Be safe.

    April 20

    • Joi

      I knew how to get home, I just knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with the group. I also called a cab, but then mustered the energy to get up and out of Pacifica. The downhill from Skyline to Sloat was heavenly!

      1 · April 20

    • Joi

      That was 'almost', not 'also'

      April 20

  • Joi

    I turned back at the end of Devil's Slide and climbed up the bike trail at the northern end of Pacifica. 42 miles and 3000 ft of climbing for me.

    April 20

  • Joi

    Well, I lost you guys again since my climb up to the tunnel was so slow. I'm just gonna enjoy Devil'sSlide and do my own thing from here. Enjoy the rest of your day.

    April 20

  • Joi

    Just noting that this is my first ride with the group. I've been road biking for 2 years. I'm training for the AIDS LifeCycle ride from June 1-7. It's 545 miles from SF to LA. I'm a slow and steady climber. I'm trying to get long and/or challenging rides in every Saturday and Sunday for the next month. I've struggled climbing 7 sisters and Old La Honda... and this Sharp Park road hill sounds just as difficult.

    2 · April 19

    • Ryan LaBarre

      Joi, this ride will be easy for you compared to what I know you can already do! See you tomorrow :)

      1 · April 19

  • Paul F

    Do to a developing issue, I regrettably am going to miss this ride. I will immediately change my RSVP. And I hope the ride is repeated sometime in the near future.

    April 19

  • Franny

    Hello Devil's Sliders-we have our ride coming up on Sunday. If you can no longer attend, please update your RSVP to "No." As far as food choices, you can order when you get their, no pre-ordering needed.
    See you Sunday!

    April 18

  • Franny

    One of our members, Rez, worked on the tunnel construction. They used a combination of explosives and about a dozen "tunnel scrapers" which cost about 100-150K a piece. I posted his pictures in the event description. Thanks, Rez!

    2 · April 16

    • Paul F

      Despite the distance and cultural differences the means, methods and equipment used for tunneling in most parts of the world (except for those illegal drug tunnels used to cross the US boarder) is basically the same this is large part because of the very serious safety, efficiency and costs factors. The governments rely heavily on the recommended practices, procedures and guidelines provided by the industry through its associations. Unless something changed during the project, the shotcrete used for the initial lining in the Devils Slide project was installed robitically by Kiewit. This is probably far more information than most of the group cares to know.

      1 · April 17

    • Rez

      Wow Paul you must be a Tunnel engineer or a natural modern day dwarf right out of Tolkien ;-)

      April 17

  • Talton

    Just in case you're wondering.
    The Story Behind The Panhandle's William McKinley Monument


    http://hoodline.com/2014/04/the...­.

    1 · April 16

    • Franny

      Very interesting…and the model, Alma de Bretteville, was also the model for the Dewey Statue in Union Square. Sugar Magnate Adoph Sprekles fell in love with the statue and eventually met and married Alma. He was 24 hears her senior, she was 6' tall. She called him her "sugar daddy." She did some nude posing as well *gasp!* More: http://en.wikipedia.o...­

      1 · April 16

  • Rez

    I helped with building the Tunnel between 2007 and 2013, so I could have given you guys some background and interesting geological and construction tips, but unfortunately I haven't been cycling for a while now and am too out of shape ;-)

    Have a great ride. It's a beautiful tunnel, and the views are awesome.

    2 · April 16

    • Paul F

      Background information and history on the build !!!!! You just made Franny's day.

      1 · April 16

    • Franny

      lol, Paul, like TOTALLY!

      April 16

  • Franny

    The tiny, adorable Montara Cafe has generously offered to work with us on a prix fixe menu with one of the following choices if your are interested. Drinks not included. Please bring 11.00 CASH to cover meal, tax and tip. It's ok just to buy a drink or nothing and sit down at the tables they will set up:

    Vegan/Gluten Free: Kale & Quinoa Salad ~ chopped Kale, Slivers of carrots, sunflower seeds, avocado & light dressing.

    Turkey & Havarti Baguette Sandwich served with pasta salad ~ Turkey, Havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato on lightly buttered baguette. Frenchie Scramble, served with house potatoes and wheat toast ~ Chicken Apple sausage, sautéed mushrooms & jack cheese. Breakfast Burrito ~ 2 eggs,house potatoes, salsa and cheddar cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla.

    3 · April 16

  • Paul F

    A few questions for anyone: 1. I am coming from the East Bay, is there a BART station near the launch? 2. I will probably be on a tall 2 wheeled recumbent, will there be any other recumbents in this group? Note: the recumbents are slow hill climbers, alternatively I have a hybrid that I haven't ridden much that I can ride. Thoughts???

    April 14

    • Daren

      BART to 16th/Mission and go up "the wiggle" to the panhandle

      April 15

    • Ryan LaBarre

      I am thinking of taking my fixed gear bike, so I'll be right there with you on the relatively slow climbs :)

      April 16

  • Paul F

    Is this 47 miles each way or rnd trip?

    April 14

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists, just a quick interim update. The 20th IS Easter Sunday, so if this date doesn't work for you, please change your RSVP to "No." The Montara Cafe will be open until 1 PM. I called ahead to be sure we don't overwhelm them. They are happy to host us with an efficient prix fixe menu that will be 11.00 per person with regular, vegetarian and vegan options. Drinks may be purchased separately. You may also BYOL and join us at the tables. Last time we went there, they were happy to see us, but the various individual orders took a long time. This is a much better idea.

    Our only rest stop before then will be at the Sharp Park Golf Course for a quick snack, water and bathroom stop. No lingering this time…we'll save that for lunch! More to come...

    1 · April 14

  • heidi

    Darn, I just had to cnx-realized it was Easter Sun and have to do the Wine Country picnic w/ the sis and fam. Look forward to another one of these, Franny! Was there another coming up for mtn/crossbikes?
    Have fun all!

    April 14

    • Franny

      We have one on the 27th. Check it out!

      1 · April 14

  • Franny

    In case there is any confusion, this is an all paved road ride.

    April 1

    • Franny

      The dirt return is super fun but doing the distance and mixed terrain is definitely more fun on a cyclocross/hybrid type bike. I did it twice on a road bike and it really wasn't too appealing. Next time we'll do a ride like that!

      1 · April 7

    • heidi

      Ok, so Franny, this ride is w/ a road bike, and maybe another time we will do a route w/ cross bikes? Great!

      1 · April 7

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