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Pedal Mt.Tamalpais, where modern mountain bikes were born

Dias Ridge. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Dias Ridge. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Why: Its peak might be a mere 2,571 feet above sea level, but modern mountain biking wouldn't be what it is without Mt. Tamalpais.

What: Mt. Tamalpais State Park, cradle of mountain-biking innovation in the 1970s, is full of options, including fire roads and multi-use trails (and neighboring public lands have even more). Two favorite paths (open to bikers, hikers and horses alike) are the Coast View and Dias Ridge (sometimes spelled Diaz) trails. If you ride Dias Ridge, you'll end at Muir Beach by the Pelican Inn, a facsimile of a 17th century English pub that serves refreshments and hearty meals.

Non-cyclists, don't worry. The park has plenty of cyclist-free trails. At least one is wheelchair-accessible: the Verna Dunshee Trail (0.75 mile) at East Peak, known for big views. (Accessible tables, restrooms and drinking fountains are nearby.) 

 Where: Before starting, check for road closures, especially along Highway 1 between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach

How much: No entrance charge, but some trailheads have parking fees.

Info: Mount Tamalpais State Park



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