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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[masked]K a piece.  Here are some of his pictures.  Thanks, Rez.






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  • Ge

    Thanks Franny. Had a peaceful stay in Montara.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Ge

    Great ride. Excellent planning.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • 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, 2014

  • 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.

    2 · April 20, 2014

  • Val

    Thanks Franny!

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Franny

    Sorry we moved on, take a right Westmore, left Mayfair and right around lake and straight to SF

    April 20, 2014

  • Tom

    Hi, not sure if I missed you guys, I'm at the parking lot en route near Daly City...

    April 20, 2014

  • Sahana

    Franny, Is there anyway I can join you guys in daly city? You dont have to wait for me. I can get there early and wait for you guys? Also the route link seems to be not working.

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Lee T.

      I may try to meet there as well. I will RSVP if I can make this.

      April 16, 2014

    • Tom

      hi there, I may also meet there if that's ok. I just did the first part of this route down to Daly city as part of another ride today. I've not done much riding lately apart from that, so I'll see how my legs are feeling in the morning ;)

      1 · April 19, 2014

  • 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, 2014

  • 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[masked]K a piece. I posted some of his pics in the event description. Thanks, Rez.

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • 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.

    April 16, 2014

  • 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 break. No lingering this time…we'll save that for lunch! More to come...

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • parijat

    My goodness!! Those are views I would kill for if I wasn't dead already by biking up uphill 47 miles! Franny, can you suggest more bailout points? I want to do the whole thing but I will definitely be practical about this ride ;)

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • Franny

      Parijat, really the only Bailout BART is Daky City, BUT there may be a Samtrans bus that is suitable for bikes. I am not familiar with the system, but here's the link to a map for starters. You might consider a bus return from Pacifica if there is one. Hope you can make it...it's awesome! http://www.samtrans.c...­

      April 13, 2014

  • Sara

    I wish I weren't already committed that weekend, this looks really fun. Hope you guys do it again!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Kevin L

    I am busy that weekend, but this looks like an awesome ride. I would definitely go on this ride in the future if planned!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Ryan L.

    Awesome, I've heard good things about this new trail. Excited to check it out!

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Franny

    This is an all paved road ride.

    April 1, 2014

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