Your bike is one of the many fantastic ways to explore the City by the Bay. San Francisco is as beautiful as it is temperate and offers a slew of outstanding bike trails to enjoy for most of the year. Take a look at nine trails that will inspire your upcoming biking adventures. For more ride opportunities, you can use the Bay Area Bike Map to view additional routes along with user ratings and nearby bike and smoothie shops.
- Aquatic Bike Trail
The two-mile aquatic bike trail features numerous viewpoints of the Aquatic Lake, walkers, and inline skaters, so watch out for them as you zoom parallel to Interstate 580. The park also includes a disc golf area, playground, fitness course, and a boating center. In other words, there are plenty of activities outside of riding the trail that will keep you occupied.
2. The Embarcadero
A little over three miles, The Embarcadero stretches through downtown San Francisco and should only be pursued by experienced bike riders because of traffic. This trail isn’t particularly difficult to bike, which means that you will have plenty of opportunities to drink in Downtown San Francisco’s breathtaking scenery.
- Twin Peaks
A trail that is renowned for its gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay is the Twin Peaks bike trail. This 3.7-mile ride features the Eureka and Noe Summit and is the second highest natural point in San Francisco.
- The Wiggle
On The Wiggle, you will start at Market Street and end up at the Golden Gate Park. This one-mile bike trail zigzags as much as any San Francisco street does. It is 5.4 miles long and features many steep inclines that will keep your heart rate up.
- The Great Highway
The Great Highway is another 5.4-mile wonder that is known for its continuous beach views. Unlike The Wiggle, The Great Highway is a straight line. Even though there are designated bike lanes, be wary of the vehicles that will be going 50 miles an hour while they pass you.
- The Golden Gate Bridge
Biking this iconic bridge is truly an experience you’ll never forget. Once you have biked this relatively short bike trail, you can choose to continue onto the San Francisco Bay Trail.
- The Hawk Hill Loop
This eight-mile trail is found just northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge and offers stunning views of the gentle Pacific. While it’s a loop trail, it is one of the most difficult on this list thanks to an incline of 520 vertical feet during 2 miles of the trail.
- San Rafael Loop
The San Rafael Loop starts downtown and covers a distance of 10 miles. It is another loop option that is far from flat with an ascent totaling 800 vertical feet.
- Alameda Creek Regional Trail
The 12-mile Alameda Creek Regional Trail provides the opportunity to bike along the Alameda Creek. It also runs in and out of Coyote Hills Regional Park for extra heart-pumping fun.
Get out and enjoy a fall bike ride this year. Remember to bring plenty of water and to be safe while you ride. Reduce the probability of a bike accident by watching for cars, pedestrians, and other bikers.