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Summer's Best Bike Rides

Roll call! Bike to a beach and get coastal views almost the entire way, enjoy some fat tire fun at China Camp State Park, or make it an easygoing lake loop in Santa Rosa … here are three of the best bike rides to do this summer in the North Bay. Ready, set, pedal!

Week 07.11.2019
Regions Northern CA

Santa Maria Is Magical

Bike to Santa Maria Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore

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Ready to find a beach to call your own? Make a visit to Santa Maria Beach in Point Reyes. It’s often overlooked for nearby Limantour Beach. What makes Santa Maria so quiet and peaceful? The 3-mile bike (or hike) in!
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Swimming Holes and Natural Waterslides!

Redding Swimming Holes and Natural Waterslides

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Little Backbone Creek Little Backbone Creek is known as nature’s waterpark for good reason. It’s a 20-minute hike up a creek in a canyon, passing boulders and ponds before arriving to the marquee attraction: a smooth rock waterfall that plunges you into the creek. Potem Falls…
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Break Out the China Camp

Bike and Picnic at China Camp State Park in Marin County

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Close to San Francisco, close to the shores of San Pablo Bay, China Camp State Park is also a beautiful place for a mountain bike, even if you’re a beginner (yes, there’s a trail for you!). Named after an 1880s shrimp-fishing village settled by Chinese immigrants, this popular…
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Lake Loop

Biking around Spring Lake in Santa Rosa

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The template for a perfect multipurpose park? Hundreds of acres of open space, wending hiking and biking trails, glistening lakes, and picnic spots galore. Spring Lake and Howarth Park in Santa Rosa certainly fit this bill. The two parks border each other and make up more than…
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    Peak-a-View!

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