Anyone know any great mounatin biking single track trails that are worth checking out in the Bay Area? I've discovered Skeggs Point and the Arastradero Open Space, but any other suggestions would be great!
Where to Mountain Bike in the SF Bay Area. Funny you should ask. I just wrote a post for my blog about where to ride good single track in the bay area. Here it is: http://leisureprotour.blogspot.com/2007/09/where-to-mountain-bike-in-sf-bay-area.html
This still needs to be flushed out, but here's the quick answer:
1. Soquel Demonstration Forest! It's off of Summit Road off of Highway 17. I'll post detailed directions soon, as well as links to my GPS tracks on http://www.everytrail.com/ But if you go to everytrail now and search for Soquel Demo Forest, you should be able to find them. I recommend descending Saw Pit, climbing, Sulphur Springs, then Descending the Braille Trail. Lots of great jumps & man made stunts. The climbs are fire road, and the descents are singletrack.
2. Tamarancho. In Fairfax / San Anselmo, and also called Boy Scout Camp since the hill side is apparently owned by a boy scout camp. You need either a yearly trail pass or a day pass which can be purchased either online, or at Sunshine Bicycles (in San Anselmo, I think). Great loop, 100% single track, fairly technical, and best ridden clockwise.
3. Skeggs Point, also called El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve. I believe maps can be found at openspace.org. I'm a big fan of descending the Resolution trail to the Cross Cut Trail, down to the Giant Salamander Trail, across the North Leaf Trail, then up the other side. I also like descending the Manzanita Trail, and/or Steam Donkey and Blue Blossom. Generally at Skeggs we descend single track and climb fire roads.
4. Pruissima Creek OSP. Maps at Openspace.org. I park at the top of the Purissima Creek Trail on Skyline, ride north on skyline to the parking lot for the Whittimore Gulch Trail, descend the Whittimore Gulch Trail, then climb the Purissima Creek Trail back to the car.
Hope that helps!
2 spots up the hill.... #1 In/around Skyline Preserve (take Page Mill all the way up West - about 7 miles from hwy 280)
#2 Some 4-5 miles south down the Skyline from jct hwy 92 and 35, it'll be on the right hand side if you go from route 92. Huge park with trails through BIG HILLS. Be advised that on the way back to the parking lot most of the routes there are uphill (very very steep slopes).