Oakland to Norris Canyon (San Ramon) with Castro Valley BART return

This is one of my favorite, scenic, moderately difficult, "Bike to BART" loops.

Meet: 9:15 AM  Ready to roll: 9:30 AM

Miles: ~40  (~64 if you want to ride up Redwood Rd. back to start)

Ascent: ~2700 feet

12-16 MPH on flats.  We will congregate for 10 minutes at the top of hills and intersections, but please be able to keep up the advertised pace.  Bailout West Dublin/Pleasanton BART.

The ride starts off on Park Blvd. and Leimert with a climb to Redwood Rd. with some fine bay views. Next is a long forested descent and rollers to Castro Valley, and up and over the gradual Dublin grade into San Ramon. After a lunch break, we finish with a short but steep ascent to the top of Norris Canyon and are rewarded with a long, gradual descent to the Castro Valley BART. There is rural land and scenery sandwiched between San Ramon and Castro Valley, an interesting juxtaposition.


Spare tube, water, lytes, snacks, money, ID, and HELMET.

There are rest stops along the way as needed and we have one planned lunch stop.

Activity Fee:  2.00 for non-organizers 

12th Street BART to Ultimate Grouds, 3 miles


AC transit Bus #18 stops at the cafe:


3 extra miles from my house.

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  • Andy

    I"m sorry I didn't make it despite planning on it. I had family in town and didn't get up in time. Next time

    April 14

  • Franny

    Thanks for coming out, everyone-sorry we dropped so many riders, by choice or by lost! Be sure to take my # that I send out before the ride. I know several of you had it. Anyway, 5 of us finished the ride, but I hope everyone had an enjoyable day. 3 of us rode back to the start. My stats from my home are ~62 miles and 5300' climb. Here's the link which includes the whole route:


    April 13

    • Jeff P

      Thanks again for organizing! It was a great ride. I can pull anytime. :)

      1 · April 13

    • Franny

      Well, Jeff, you're the designated puller then!

      April 13

  • Peter A.

    Cleaned up route with some photos as well:


    1 · April 13

  • David H.

    have to cancel... thumb is pretty weak. It's best to give it one more week.

    April 13

    • Franny

      Okie--we missed ya!

      April 13

  • Robert H.

    hey franny- after adjusting my shoe i just went straight on Center and never saw anything resembling a cafe, so i'm assuming you guys took a turn somewhere that i missed. i ended up doing the loop counterclockwise- i'm thinking you were doing it clockwise perhaps (at least that's what it looked like from the posting), but i never saw anyone from the group coming the other direction during my ride. was fun nevertheless- thx for the ride!

    1 · April 13

    • Franny

      Aww, we were on Castro Valley Blvd at that point, and there was a small shopping center with the cafe. Well, at least you got some good riding in. We missed you! Well, til next time!

      April 13

  • Franny

    We'll be in Pleasanton at Foothill soon.

    April 13

  • Franny

    On our way to San Ramon, Robert. Not sure where we lost you!

    April 13

  • Franny

    Jeremy, were at Bodhi's in Castro Valley.

    April 13

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists, Please update your RSVP to "No" if you are unable to attend tomorrow's ride. I'll email you my cell # for any delays, or post a comment on the app.

    April 12

  • Justin B.

    Argh. Cracked my clavicle. Gonna have to miss this one. :-(

    April 8

    • David H.

      I'm crossing my fingers this is my comeback ride after breaking my thumb. I see the doc tomorrow to see if I get a thumbs up (pun intended) get well soon Justin

      2 · April 9

    • Franny

      Hope for good news, Dave. It's a good little reconditioning ride!

      April 10

  • billy t.

    I am a maybe but i'll try to make it

    1 · April 9

  • JulieS

    Sounds beautiful! I really want to come AND I have a late night the night before, so I will try to motivate to get up early on Sunday. Have always wanted to ride in the valley areas more.

    1 · April 8

    • Franny

      I tend to start my rides later than others, Julie, for the same reason! And I'm not a morning person! Hope you can make it, we have an excellent group of cyclists.

      1 · April 8

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