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    Pt Reyes ride suggestions (shorter variety)

    Hi NorCal - My name is Henry and I'm a long time lurker, few time poster.

    My wife and I will be staying in Olema this next week and I am planning on taking my bike along, mostly as a morning workout option to mix with running/hiking. (my wife doesn't ride)
    What I am hoping to glean from this esteemed group are some possible route suggestions that I might consider in the area. I would want to stay in the 20-40 mile range, hills are welcome but not required.
    Is Hwy 1 rideable? I thought that riding down to Bolinas and back looked fun. Also, is the ride out to Pt Reyes itself an option? Finally, what about Hwy 1 north toward Tomales?
    Any and all input I can get will be greatly appreciated!

    With gratitude,
    Henry

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    Henry,

    From Olema, a nice loop around the Nicasio Reservoir would fit the bill nicely.
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    Thanks very much for your suggestion, BBM.

    Would you ride up to Pt Reyes Station, then take Pt Reyes/Petaluma Rd to Nicasio Valley Rd to Sir Francis Drake back to Olema? Is riding SFD going to be treacherous? It would be a weekday morning 7-9ish.

    Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hup View Post
    Thanks very much for your suggestion, BBM.

    Would you ride up to Pt Reyes Station, then take Pt Reyes/Petaluma Rd to Nicasio Valley Rd to Sir Francis Drake back to Olema? Is riding SFD going to be treacherous? It would be a weekday morning 7-9ish.

    Thanks again!
    Henry
    Yeah - that's how I'd do it.

    SFD Blvd has some narrow shoulders and the pavement is a bit rough in places, but the traffic won't be bad on an early week-day morning. Also, when you get to the entrance of Samuel P. Taylor park, you can enter there and cover a good deal of the distance on a bike path that wends it's way through redwoods and ferns - very nice, and cool. A shorter version would be to take the Platform Bridge Road, which will eliminate most of the climbing.

    Another variation that is really pretty and low-traffic would be to take Pt Reyes/Petaluma Rd past Nicasio Valley Rd, turn left on Hicks, and then left again to Marshall/Petaluma Rd. That will get you back to Hwy 1 and you'll have a nice scenic shore-side run back home. Caveat - on that route, you'll have to climb the Marshall Wall. It is an eye-opener.
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    Agree with BBM on the Pt. Reyes Station, Nicasio, Samuel Taylor loop. Definitely use the option of going on the path through Sam Taylor park since the road is rather narrow and bumpy there.

    A trip out to the Pt. Reyes lighthouse is also worthwhile, but a little longer. Here's a club ride we took out there starting from Nicasio and going via Pt. Reyes Station (don't miss the Bovine Bakery there).
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=423859

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    Quote Originally Posted by hup View Post
    Is Hwy 1 rideable? I thought that riding down to Bolinas and back looked fun. Also, is the ride out to Pt Reyes itself an option? Finally, what about Hwy 1 north toward Tomales? Any and all input I can get will be greatly appreciated!

    With gratitude,
    Henry
    HWY 1 both south and north of Olema gets a fair amount of bike traffic. If you head south toward Bolinas, it's a little less scenic than if you head north. Also, the road is straighter so the car traffic tends to go faster. But it's still a pretty nice ride, and there's a fun, twisting descent as you get near Bolinas. I believe it's only about 15 miles from Olema to Stinson Beach, so you might want to go all the way there rather than stopping in Bolinas. The last few miles between Bolinas and Stinson are really flat and right on the water -- on a sunny day, it's a great stretch of road to ride.

    If you head north from Olema to Tomales, you'll have views of Tomales Bay for much of the way, and a lot of rollers. Between Marshall and Tomales, the rollers get steeper, but none are too bad.

    If you want to do a 40-mile loop, you could do the Marshall Wall loop. Here's basic directions:

    Starting in downtown Point Reyes Station, take HWY 1 N.
    Turn right at Pt. Reyes Petaluma Rd.
    Stay on Pt. Reyes Petalum Rd. at intersection with Nicasio
    Left on Hicks Valley (toward Marshall)
    Left on Marshall-Petaluma Rd.
    Left on HWY 1, which takes you back to Point Reyes Station.

    Going out to the lighthouse is fun, and on weekdays, there's very little traffic. It can get pretty windy and foggy out there, but usually you can tell pretty early on what it's going to be like.

    If you have a bike capable of going off-road (and you like going off-road), there are lots of nice fire roads and trails in the area too.

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    Many thanks to BigBossMan, prathmann, and ConstantRider for taking the time to reply!!! We are heading out the door now (with a printout of this thread in hand) for Olema & environs.
    Leaving the Central Valley and 100* temps for West Marin .....
    Thank you again for your help. I'll check back in when we get home.

    Henry

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    We're back and I want to thank you all again. BBM, I did do the Nicasio Loop and it was fun. I rode it counter clockwise because I liked the idea of a steeper climb and a more gradual descent and it worked out great. Saw other cyclists along the way and even got into some sunshine up above in the valley. My only other ride was a quick shot out Limantour Rd for 30 minutes (17 minutes back ) The road was very wet with the fog and overcast, so I white knuckled it the whole way back in

    I sure appreciate the input!!

    Henry

    SFD Bike route

    Nicasio


    Limantour Rd

    Wet road!
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