Two wheels, three beaches and hundreds of wildflowers. That’s what you have on this easy 8-mile (round-trip) bike ride in Pacifica. Ready to pedal through petals? Starting from Sharp Park Beach, the first three-quarters of a mile is a coastal cruise on a wide dirt trail known as the Sea Wall. Due south is Mori Point
, a recent addition to Golden Gate National Park and a canvas of spring wildflowers: Goldfields paint parts of the 110-acre coastal preserve in bright yellow, and California poppies brush on bursts of orange. Veer inland at Mori Point and reach a short noisy section of the ride along Highway 1. Not to worry, the trail soon zooms back to the coast, dropping traffic noise and arriving at Rockaway, the second beach, which has a tiny downtown and some old hotels. Pick up the bike trail at the end of Nick Gust Way and zig-zag up just a few paved switchbacks. Now the third and final beach comes into grand view: Linda Mar. This popular surf beach marks the turnaround point. Head back the way you came.
BONUS: During your ride swing by the new wine bar, A Grape in the Fog, near the clock tower at Rockaway Beach. On weekends, it opens at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
From Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica (map), pedal south on the wide dirt Sea Wall for .75-mile. Turn left onto Old Mori Rd. and go about .25-mile to Hwy 1. Make a right at the traffic light for Reina Del Mar Ave. and pick up the bike trail again. Next up is Rockaway Beach; go left out of the parking lot on San Marlo Way and make a right on Dondee Way, which becomes Nick Gust Way. Pick up the bike trail again at the end of Nick Gust Way, which goes all the way to Linda Mar. Return the way you came.