Naturally Nicasio

Cycle from Nicasio to Marshall

Driving through rural West Marin County is one thing. But cycling it … well, that’s where you get that “isn’t it great to live in the Bay Area” feeling. This 40-mile road ride takes in some of the best of Marin: rolling bucolic hills, sprawling farms, sparkling blue Tomales Bay, and some hills to test your legs. To make it even better? Starting and finishing at the award-winning Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, where you can taste and buy some of their amazing Swiss-Italian cheeses from a remodeled dairy barn. Ready for this cheese-wheel? Jump on your bike and head north! It’s 3 miles along Nicasio Reservoir and then 4.25 miles on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road (this part can be a bit busy with traffic; go early in the day). The premier part of the ride comes next: Hicks Valley Road. You’ll probably pass only the occasional pickup truck and other cyclists, and you’ll most likely be outnumbered by cows, who graze this bucolic land like something out of those “Happy Cows Come from California” commercials. After a few miles things get more challenging. The road climbs, and climbs some more, until you’re looking down on sparkling Tomales Bay and Point Reyes! Have fun on the descent and reach Highway 1 (hopefully early in the day!) to continue south to Point Reyes Station. This is another incredible part of the ride; if you have a clear morning, the sun reflecting off Tomales Bay with the hulking hills of Tomales Point in the background make a perfect wish-you-were-here holiday card. Finish back at Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, tasting a variety of their award-winning cheeses. The San Geronimo is delicious.

nicasiocheese-image-jpegPark on the side of the road, just south of Nicasio Valley Cheese Company (map). Ride north on Nicasio Valley Rd. for 3 miles. Turn right on Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd. and go 4.25 miles. Turn left on Hicks Valley Rd. and go 3 miles. At Marshall-Petaluma Rd. turn left and go 11 miles to Hwy. 1 (aka Shoreline Hwy.). Turn left on Hwy. 1 and go 9 miles to Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd. (just before reaching the town of Point Reyes Station). Go 3 miles to the Platform Bridge intersection, turn left and go 3 miles to Nicasio Valley Rd. Turn right and ride the final 3 miles back to your car!

Trending Stories Northern CA

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Tam Slam!

    This 8-mile (round-trip) hike is a pure classic, with redwoods, water-flows, and soaring views of the coastline. Oh yeah, and that ladder!

    View
  2. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    Road Trip Ahead: Oregon Outback

    Remote open spaces, camping under true Dark Skies, hiking and biking trails galore, wildlife refuges, and hot springs! Plan your road trip to the Oregon Outback this summer.

    View
  3. Image that represents the story

    Secret Beach

    A hidden beach and a killer view? Those are hard to come by, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at Perles Beach on Angel Island. This pocket cove is worth the 1.5-mile trek to get there.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story

    Nice Ring to It

    This tiny but mighty open space preserve on the Tiburon Peninsula can often exhibit a wide range of wildflowers late into the season, not to mention one of the most jaw-dropping views of the bay.

    View

Trending Stories SoCal

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Bouquet of Waterfalls

    Like a good love letter, some of the best hiking trails are short and sweet. Cue the hike to Bouquet Falls in Santa Clarita Valley’s Bouquet Canyon.

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    Easiest Best Hike in the World

    Choose the easiest and most view-rewarding hike in Yosemite. Okay, we’ll go first: the combination of hiking to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. Both of these lookouts are within a couple miles of each other on Glacier Point Road

    View
  3. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    All Roads Lead to Rogue

    Idea for your next road trip: Go Rogue! The Rogue Valley in beautiful Southern Oregon has some of the state’s best hiking, swim holes, and wineries, and the charming historic towns of Ashland, Medford, and Jacksonville.

    View