Pescadero/Tunitas Creek Road

Distance: 51-mile loop Elevation gain: 5900 ft (RWGPS) (A Best of the Best ride) About a quarter of this route is covered thoroughly in words and pictures at, enough to give you the look of the ride. Before we begin, let me raise two red flags.  First, as several commenters make clear below, many […]

Dirty Moody

Distance: 11.6-mile lollipopElevation gain: 980 ft Until now Bestrides had no rides on the east side of the Skyline Blvd. ridge, so this is my attempt to fix that. This sweet little loop is easy and short. It includes a very sweet little dirt back route that only locals know (the “dirty” part of Dirty […]

McKenzie Pass

Distance: 44 miles out and back Elevation gain: 4100 ft (A Best of the Best ride) This is one of the Oregon rides that is expertly covered in Jim Moore’s 75 Classic Rides Oregon (see the “Oregon” section in Rides by Region). This ride is the greatest climb and descent in Oregon.  ‘Nuff said.  And in addition, you […]

Purissima Creek Road

Distance: 8.3 miles one way Elevation gain: 550 ft The San Francisco Peninsula has a spine running down its center.  On the east side of the spine is Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Stanford, and a crush of people.  On the west side is a lot of deep, dark woods, open rolling hillsides sloping to the […]

Rides By Region

Where’s Washington? Readers often ask me why Bestrides doesn’t cover Washington state.  The answer is, I don’t think the riding is good enough.   I’ve done a fair amount of riding there, and it’s often nice, but it can’t match the two states below it.  Sorry, Washingtonians. I know of five Washington rides that are worth […]

Best of the Best

All the rides in this directory are good.  But I know—you want to know which ones are the really great ones.   Here are Letterman lists of the best rides overall, the best descents, the steepest climbs, and so on: BEST RIDES OVERALL  Bean Creek/Mtn. Charlie/Soquel-San Jose Big Basin (weekdays only) Comptche to Ukiah Concow Road Conzelman […]