If your idea of good mountain biking is pedaling along a wide dirt road with hilly terrain and clear views across the western Marin hillsides, then Bolinas Ridge is the ride for you. You won’t find swooping singletrack here; just a good, fun roll through up-and-down open space south of Point Reyes. The Bolinas Ridge Trail beckons for miles, leaving the option of making this out-and-back ride as long as you’d like. For a solid two-to-three-hour ride, start at the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard trailhead and go for 6.2 miles (one-way) to Randall Trail. Coast over golden-brown grassland, enjoying ridgetop views of Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Along the way you’ll pass multiple ranch gates, good places for a break. At Randall Trail flip it and return the way you came–or keep the ramble going until you’re ready to head back. Easy does it.
Park at the Bolinas Ridge pullout on Sir Francis Drake Blvd., 1 mile east of the Hwy 1 junction in Olema. Ride out and back on the Bolinas Ridge Trail.