Originally Posted by hup
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!
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.