San Francisco Cycling Guide

United States

Expect perpetual spring weather, fog (then suddenly no fog), friendly but fierce locals and impressive ocean views. Most rides officially start on the city-side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Watch for Strava jerseys… these are our home roads and we’d love to show you around.

  • Rides per Week 19,919
  • Miles per Week 337,408
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Top Cycling Routes in San Francisco

  1. Headlands Loop

    • Distance 18.2 mi
    • Elevation 2,051 ft

    Hawk Hill is one of Strava's most iconic segments and the must-climb hill for any cyclist visiting San Francisco. This relatively short ride packs some of the best views in all ...

    • Bridge Cafe
    • Hawk Hill
    • and 3 more
  2. Paradise Loop

    • Distance 26.6 mi
    • Elevation 1,174 ft

    With its lightly rolling hills and quiet roads, Paradise Loop is a staple for Bay Area cyclists of all skill levels. The gentle curves along the bay are equally suited to a hamm...

    • A Bicycle Odyssey
    • Bayfront Park
    • and 3 more
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  4. Col du Pantoll

    • Distance 25.4 mi
    • Elevation 3,121 ft

    An iconic and challenging loop that's got it all: amazing views, breathtaking climbs and fast descents. Visiting during the summer months? A large, competitive group tackles thi...

    • Equator Coffees & Teas
    • Four corners
    • and 2 more
  5. Alpine Dam + Mt. Tam

    • Distance 53.7 mi
    • Elevation 5,445 ft

    When it comes to riding in Marin County, the Alpine Dam Loop is second to none. After meandering through a handful of friendly towns, the road turns uphill — and that's when thi...

    • Alpine Dam
    • Cibo
    • and 3 more
  6. Point Reyes Loop

    • Distance 59.4 mi
    • Elevation 4,259 ft

    If saddle time is what you're looking for, look no further than the Point Reyes Loop. It's got everything that San Francisco's other classic routes have — quiet roads, great sce...

    • Bovine Bakery
    • Fairfax Coffee Roastery
    • and 2 more
  7. Muir Woods Loop

    • Distance 14.2 mi
    • Elevation 1,518 ft

    Named for the historic national park that it passes through, you’ll enjoy a bit of climbing and two smooth descents while on this brief but beautiful ride. Locals refer to the M...

    • Equator Coffees & Teas
    • Four corners
    • and 2 more
  8. Butterlap (Presidio & Golden Gate Park)

    • Distance 18.8 mi
    • Elevation 1,255 ft

    For those looking to maximize their time on the bike before or after work, the Butterlap is a perfect fit. This short but scenic loop takes cyclists through part of the iconic "...

    • Cliff House
    • Four Barrel Coffee
    • and 3 more
  9. Marshall Wall

    • Distance 92.5 mi
    • Elevation 5,758 ft

    Have a full day to spend in the saddle? Marshall Wall always makes for an epic ride. This route tackles the "wall" from the west, shoots east. You'll be fairly remote, but key s...

    • Bovine Bakery
    • Marin French Cheese Company
    • and 2 more
  10. China Camp

    • Distance 35.1 mi
    • Elevation 2,084 ft

    China Camp has something for everyone. The paved road along the perimeter is great for cyclists on skinny tires. The interior of the park, however, is a haven for mountain biker...

    • China Camp State Park
    • Cibo
    • and 2 more
  11. City Loop (Presidio & Lake Merced)

    • Distance 25.0 mi
    • Elevation 1,969 ft

    Part of San Francisco's iconic "49-Mile Scenic Drive," this is a perfect loop to ride before or after work or on the weekend with friends. Stop off at some of the great local ca...

    • Cliff House
    • Four Barrel Coffee
    • and 3 more