Road Bike Rides in the San Francisco Bay Area
These road rides are located in and around the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Happy riding!
Tunnel, Skyline, Butters from Alameda Bicycle (28 miles) (MAP)
Go east on Park St and cross the bridge, take a left after the 7-Eleven and head straight onto Kennedy Ave. Take a left on Embarcadero and go about 2 miles. Take a right at the two-way stop onto 5th Ave, then a left on Foothill Blvd. Go Right onto Lakeshore Ave, left on El Embarcadero, and then a right on Grand Ave.
You will gradually start climbing, and Grand will turn into Pleasant Valley. Follow Pleasant Valley over a couple of short climbs, the second one is steep but only a couple blocks long. After descending from the top of the climb you will cross Broadway and Pleasant Valley will become 51st St. Take a right on Shafter, this will turn into Keith Ave – follow this street until it hits Broadway and take a left. Climb up Broadway for a little over a mile, once at the top of Broadway take a left at the light and cross highway 24, then take an immediate left onto Caldecott Ln. Take the next right (hairpin turn) onto Tunnel Road. Here you will begin the 3 mile climb up Tunnel.
Tunnel will turn into Skyline Blvd, and once you cross Grizzly Peak you will begin descending. There is water and a bathroom at Sibley Regional Park on the left as soon as you begin descending. Continue along Skyline for about 4 miles, then enjoy a short descent down to Joaquin Miller Road. Take a right at the light onto Joaquin Miller, descend for about 1/2 mile and take a left on Robinson. At the stop sign take a right onto Butters, follow butters and descend gradually. Take a slight left onto Burdeck to continue descending, then a Right on Hedge, and left on Joaquin Miller. Cross highway 13 and take a right at the four-way stop onto Monterey. Make a left at the light onto Park Blvd and descend Park all the way back down to 5th Ave and take a slight left onto 5th. Take a left onto Embarcadero, then a right on Kennedy and follow across the bridge back into Alameda.
The Three Bears
This is the most well-known loop in the East Bay, and for good reason. About an 18.7 mile loop, the “three bears” are hit in succession if you take a clockwise route on Bear Creek Road – Mama is a long grinder of a hill, Papa is shorter but a bit steeper, and Baby is an easy end back home. Definitely a must-do for all road cyclists. From Alameda this ride comes out to be just short of 60 miles.
This is the 18.7 mile loop which starts at the intersection of San Pablo Dam Road, Wildcat Canyon Rd, and Bear Creek Road (MAP)
The loop: To do the loop clockwise, head down San Pablo Dam Road for just over 5 miles. This is a wide road with a bike lane, you will be going slightly downhill most of the way. After a fast downhill you will be heading into El Sobrante. Take a right on Castro Ranch Road. There will be a couple of short climbs on this road. After another straight downhill section you will reach a T intersection with Pinole Valley Road on the left and Alhambra Valley Road to the right. Turn right onto Alhambra Valley Road and enjoy a few miles of beautiful rolling terrain before the climbs on Bear Creek Road. You will reach another intersection, take a right on Bear Creek Road. The climbs will begin after about a 1.5 miles.
Getting there: The fastest way to ride there from Alameda is to ride through Berkeley and up Euclid. You can also ride up Tunnel to Grizzly Peak to Wildcat Canyon for more climbing on the way there.
Via Euclid Avenue: (MAP)
Go east on Park St and cross the bridge, take a left after the 7Eleven and head straight onto Kennedy Ave. Take a left on Embarcadero and go about 2 miles. Take a right at the two-way stop onto 5th Ave, then a left on Foothill Blvd. Go Right onto Lakeshore Ave, left on El Embarcadero, and then a right on Grand Ave. You will gradually start climbing, and Grand will turn into Pleasant Valley. Follow Pleasant Valley over a couple of short climbs, the second one is steep but only a couple blocks long. After descending from the top of the climb you will cross Broadway and Pleasant Valley will become 51st Ave. Take a right on Shafter then a left onto College and ride about a 1.5 miles. Go right on Channing, then left on Piedmont. Cross Hearst at the light, go two more blocks and take a left on Le Conte. Descend for two blocks and take a right on Euclid. Climb Euclid for 2 miles and then take a left on Grizzly Peak, then a right onto Wildcat Canyon. Wildcat Canyon is about 6 miles and finishes with a fast descent, this will drop you at the intersection of San Pablo Dam Road and Bear Creek Road. Take a left to begin the Three Bears Loop clockwise, or go straight to hit the hills right away and go counter-clockwise.
Redwood Loop (with Pinehurst addition) (MAP)
From Park St. Head south on Central Ave to Fernside Blvd, bike path to bike bridge, left at the end of the bridge onto the path. Straight at the light onto Harbor Bay Parkway. Left onto Ron Cowan Parkway, there will be two traffic lights after the underpass after the second one proceed straight onto the bike path, follow and take the first right. You will soon cross a small bridge, turn right at the end of the bridge. Follow this path until you reach the entrance to the park, head onto the road (Neptune Dr), then take a right onto Monarch Bay. Continue until this road ends and keep heading straight onto the bike path. Follow the path until it takes you straight onto Lewelling. Take a left on Farnsworth, continue on this road as it changes names to Halcyon and then Fairmont. Head over the Fairmont climb, then take a left on Quail. Head straight onto Walnut, climb up to Proctor and take a right. Take a left on Redwood and enjoy the nice steady climb on Redwood road.
For more climbing head right on Pinehurst to add two more climbs and a few more miles. Once you hit Skyline, head down the other side and follow Redwood to 35th Ave. Take a right on San Leandro St and then a left on Fruitvale. Head across the Fruitvale bridge back into Alameda. The mapped ride shows the route without the Pinehurst addition.