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Old 07-28-14, 10:54 PM
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SF to Half Moon Bay Best Route?

A couple friends are coming up from LA for the weekend and we're looking to ride to Half Moon Bay and back from SF. What are some of the better routes to take? We obviously want to go on the coast, is the best way to take Highway 1 all the way down?

Also, for the way back is there any point in going further inland along 92 to Highway 35? Does that tend to be better or worse than the 1 traffic wise? Is there really much worth seeing out that way or should we just go back up on the 1? I've ridden a bit around the Crystal Springs area on Canada road but I don't know how the scenery is going further north to SF...
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Here's my usual route from SF to HMB: https://goo.gl/maps/UfsR7

If you want to have more miles on the coast, you can go through Golden Gate Park to Great Highway, take Great Hwy to Skyline Blvd and then get on the route I've shown. Climbing Skyline is, in my opinion, a bit of a slog, and I prefer the Skyline / Great Highway / GGP route northbound. From Pacifica south, the coastal bike route is signed fairly well. South of Devil's Slide CA 1 has a decent shoulder, and you can either stick to the main road or detour to the side roads and trails shown in my route. North of Sharp Park Road, though, CA 1 is a freeway and bikes are banned.

92 is open to bikes but the traffic makes it unpleasant and probably unsafe to ride on. If you want to get up to the ridge from HMB, head south to Tunitas Creek Rd, which is an amazing and challenging climb. There are also a few steep dirt trails (Mori Ridge and Baquiano) that would get you up there from Pacifica.
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Thanks for the tips! We're considering Tunitas Creek and then coming back along Skyline, starting and ending at Colma BART. Would you recommend that over a simple out and back along the coast? I definitely want to do Tunitas Creek Rd sometime but I'm wondering how bad the way back is along Skyline and the San Andreas trail...

This is the route I was thinking of: Tunitas Creek from Colma BART | Strava Route, compared to just going back to the city along the coast, the same way we came.
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Originally Posted by bob78h
Thanks for the tips! We're considering Tunitas Creek and then coming back along Skyline, starting and ending at Colma BART. Would you recommend that over a simple out and back along the coast? I definitely want to do Tunitas Creek Rd sometime but I'm wondering how bad the way back is along Skyline and the San Andreas trail...

This is the route I was thinking of: Tunitas Creek from Colma BART | Strava Route, compared to just going back to the city along the coast, the same way we came.
It might be too late, but folks from this group do that route all the time. It's called Half Moon Bayway or HMBWay. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sf2g
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Your ride may have already happened, but here's the route I would recommend from the top of Tunitas to Colma: https://goo.gl/maps/XMf9e. It's similar to the one you mention, but you'll want to take the beautiful Sawyer Camp Trail, and I wouldn't particularly recommend the detour down into Pacifica that your route appears to take unless you want to do a bunch more climbing.
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