• Wildcat Canyon (Berkeley) | Paved & Dirt Trail Ride | 11 miles

    Classic MTB ride with ridges and views. Nothing too technical except some steep descents. First portion is paved and popular with hikers. Then we enter the Tilden Park grasslands. At the bottom of the hill, we can replenish our water supply. Bring all your own snacks and sandwiches. Other Meetup Bike Groups will be joining us. We'll stop at Peace Grove Overlook with 360 degree views of the Bay and Mt. Diablo. It's not too out of the way but may require some walking of the bikes. I've hiked there many times and it's not far off the Nimitz Trail. I have a general sketch of the ride, but there are many trails and options. The route I have is about 11 miles. There are bathrooms at the Trailhead and at the midpoint. Meet: 9:30 AM Roll: 9:45 AM Parking: There is a parking lot, but it fills quickly. Try to get a spot on the road. Arrive early! Annual Meetup Fee: 10.00 to help support my Meetup Organization Dues and planning. Thanks.

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  • New Time! Wildcat Canyon (Berkeley) | Paved & Dirt Trail Ride | 11 miles

    Classic MTB ride with ridges and views. Nothing too technical except some steep descents. First portion is paved and popular with hikers. Then we enter the Tilden Park grasslands. At the bottom of the hill, we can replenish our water supply. Bring all your own snacks and sandwiches. Other Meetup Bike Groups will be joining us. We'll stop at Peace Grove Overlook with 360 degree views of the Bay and Mt. Diablo. It's not too out of the way but may require some walking of the bikes. I've hiked there many times and it's not far off the Nimitz Trail. I have a general sketch of the ride, but there are many trails and options. The route I have is about 11 miles. There are bathrooms at the Trailhead and at the midpoint. Meet: 9:30 AM Roll: 9:45 AM Parking: There is a parking lot, but it fills quickly. Try to get a spot on the road. Arrive early! Annual Meetup Fee: 10.00 to help support my Meetup Organization Dues and planning. Thanks.

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  • Last Minute Skeggs Ride

    Skeggs Point Vista Parking Lot

    Going to leave work a little early and get a mid week ride in at Skeggs. Will be trying a loop that incorporates the newly opened Blue Blossom trail. Ride should be classified as intermediate and will be ridden at a social pace. Will be about 16 miles and 3,500 ft of climbing.

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  • Santa Cruz Demo Ride

    Soquel Demonstration Forest

    ***NOTE: There is rain predicted over the weekend so if it's too wet I will cancel the ride. Heading down to ride the amazing trails at Santa Cruz's Demo Forest. We will be riding one full lap of the Flow Tail and climbing back up to hit Braille. This will be an advanced level ride due to the semi-technical features of the trail. It will be ridden at a social pace with no rider left behind. We will probably be doing 20 miles and about 3,500 of climbing.

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  • Lake Chabot/Anthony Chabot 14 Mile loop from Redwoon Canyon Golf Course

    Description: This ride has a little bit of everything you'd expect from Chabot. From steep, fire roads to rolling single-track trails. even a couple miles of paved trail once we cross the dam. The ride is about 14 miles long and will take 2-3 hours to complete. We will take a nice snack/brunch break at the stone bridge, It's an excellent spot to hang out for a bit! We will meet up at Redwood Canyon Golf Course (formerly known as Willow Park) and start by taking brandon Up, Up, UP! and then cutting right to Redtail at the Day-Use parking lot, we will follow Redtail all the way up/down to Brandon near the stonebridge. Break time at stone bridge. Once everyone is rested after the fun descent we get to climb up Jackson Grade! The second hardest climb of the ride. We will then take Goldenrod trail to eventually hit the dam, from there we will take the trail that parallels Nike Base Road, up past the EBRPD Police Station, down ten hills trail all the way back to our cars! Meet/Greet: 8:45AM Depart: 9:00AM SHARP! I have a Blue/Red Giant MTB and will be wearing a blue shirt waiting patiently at the Single-rail fence at the beginning of the trailhead up Brandon.. Bring: Working bike (preferably with suspension, these trails can get a bit bumpy), helmet, tube, repair tools, SNACKS, WATER/LYTES (i'd recommend at least 1.5 liters) . Be self-supporting with food/water. Pace: Leisurely. I am nice and slow up the hills and generally sweep due to my natural leisurely uphill pace. If you want to rocket ahead that's fine, just wait up at intersections, we are gonna be taking some strange turns :) This will be a NO-DROP ride, ideal for advanced beginners, or people getting back on the saddle. Route:

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  • China Camp MTB ride

    China Camp Back Ranch Meadow Campgrounds

    It's going to be sunny, so time for a repost! The Ride: The loop we'll be doing is around 9 miles long with 880' of elevation gain. It's the climb is friendly enough for advanced beginners with only a few switchbacks that are a great opportunity to practice some fine balance skills. There are also opportunities to take some advanced detours. The trail is mostly single track and very fun to ride. Feel free to do a single loop (9 miles) or two (18 miles.) Annual Meetup Fee: 10:00 to help support my Meetup Organization dues and other organizer costs. Getting there: We will meet in the parking lot at these GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]. From 101, take the N San Pedro Road exit and keep right at the fork to merge onto N San Pedro Road. Continue on N San Pedro Road for 3.2 miles, until you see the sign for "Back Ranch Meadows walk-in campground" on the right side of the road. You can park on the side of N San Pedro Road for free, or you can turn right, go past the ranger kiosk, and continue on the paved road until it ends at a parking lot. If you park in the parking lot, you will have to pay a fee of $5, which includes your trail pass. If you park on N San Pedro Road, you will need to buy a $3 trail pass from the automated machine right across the road from the ranger kiosk. The machine takes credit cards or cash but does not give change. Regardless of where you park, we will meet near the bathrooms at the parking lot at the end of the paved road past the ranger kiosk. If you are lost, ask for directions to the China Camp campground. Facilities: There are restrooms and water available at the parking lot / trailhead. What to bring: - Working mountain bike that you're comfortable riding - Water, lytes, snacks - Spare tube, tire levers, and inflation tools - Quick link & chain tool to repair a broken chain (to prevent getting stuck on the trail)

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  • (MTB) Shoot the gap! Saratoga Gap!

    Saratoga Gap super secret squirrel stuff

    Saratoga Gap is one of the first trails I rode on my XC bike. The route I have planned out starts with a road climb from the bottom. It's very, VERY steep at the beginning, ascending 600ft in the first mile (11.7%). The switchbacks are even steeper. After that it eases up, but still continues for almost another 3.5 miles and another 1200ft (6.5%). Combined with the initial trail summit, the climb from the cars is 4.8 miles and 1940ft (average 7.7% grade for the whole first climb). We can take a break or two, but if you do not understand how aggressive this first climb is, please consider a less cardio-intensive ride. After the initial trail summit, we can rejoice for the hard work we have done!!! The trail itself isn't overly technical. There are some small rock gardens and one pair of large tree roots to roll down, as well as one to climb (if you can!). There is a large junction at the first trail, where I believe you can only go one way (see no-bike signs). This will lead us to cross Skyline, over to the beautiful exposed hillside. From there we tuck back into the trees for some (likely rutted) descents and climbs, and eventually cross Skyline again. Then we begin another trail system that has a STEEP descent. It's not technical, but it will probably get your brakes singing like a locomotive! It's been over a year since I rode the second section, so I can't give you a turn-by-turn route, but it's mostly gentle descents that are very fun and not technical. There is at least one junction that I will remember by sight. Here's a short video I compiled from over a year ago: https://youtu.be/lZ0G-Bzw62Q Overall, there are a few small technical features, a handful of rutted descents (rain likely made them worse), and a lot of smiles. I was quite new to mountain biking when I rode this and enjoyed it a lot. It does require a lot of cardio strength and very good brakes.

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  • China Camp MTB ride

    China Camp Back Ranch Meadow Campgrounds

    2-3 hours / 5-10 miles / multi-level Ride the classic loop once or twice or pick your path! Ride at your own pace. We can meet up the top of the park for views and snacks. Meet 10:15 Roll 10:30 Bring hydration and snacks, helmet and tire repair kit. Annual meetup fee: 10.00 to help support my meetup dues and organizer costs.

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  • Skeggs Point - multiple options to burn off that turkey!

    El Corte de Madera Gate CM08

    It's beautiful. It's fun. It's technical. It's sweaty. It's known to many as Skeggs Point. Here's a video I put together with classical music https://youtu.be/pvieWqKHA9A Similar to my last ride, I'll give a few options: Option 1 is 8.1 miles with 1540 ft of climbing Option 2 is 11.4 miles with 2230 ft of climbing Option 3 (ADVANCED) is 14.1 miles with 2650 ft of climbing All three options start off with 3.2 miles and 500 ft of climbing on the road, which is already factored into the total mileage and ascent. We will climb up Swett Road. Seriously! This ride requires a high level of fitness. You don't have to be a racer, but it is absolutely not ideal for beginners Rough routes: Option 1 - Climb Fir -> Sierra Morena. Regroup @ Methuselah trailhead (hard right turn). Follow Methuselah -> Manzanita (keep right to avoid Timberview bypass). Right at Timberview, regroup at Giant Salamander. Left at Methuselah to parking Option 2 - (continued from the last intersection of option 1) Right at Methuselah -> sharp left at Fir -> left at Resolution. Continue straight at El Corte de Maderacreek crossing. Bear left to continue onto North Leaf. Bear right at Methuselah to parking Option 3 - Continue from North Leaf to South Leaf, exit at Gate CM09 and climb road to parking There is no drinking water on the trail, so bring plenty of water (I ride with 2 liters) and some snacks. Bring two tubes and tools. Since we will be meeting at a trail head in the lower area of the trail network an idea that may appeal to the group is shuttling up to the Skeggs Point parking lot. The climb up to the lot isn't difficult, it just takes time. Please comment if you'd like to buddy up and figure this out. Also factor whether you want to do the short or longer rides. I will ride option 2 or 3.

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  • Tennessee Valley (Marin Headlands) Hilly Dirt Trail Ride

    Tennessee Valley Trailhead, Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA

    Description: This will be a basic 6.5 mile, 1200' loop ride with extra trails exploration as desired by the group. You can do it on a MTB, a Hybrid or a road bike with wide tires and good brakes. Meet and Greet: 10:00 AM Roll: 10:15 AM Bring: Lunch, fluids, helmet, tire repair kit. Annual Organizer Fee: 10.00 to help support my Meetup Organization Dues and other costs. Pirates cove

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