8 Best Trails to Ride in California

8 Best Trails to Ride in California

While there are lots of biking trails around with beautiful scenery all over the country, finding exactly where you can ride an e-bike can be frustrating. It’s no secret that California is home to some of the USA’s most beautiful coastline, from its urban areas to the rugged northern reaches of the state. Wherever you go, trails are offering wondrous views and an exciting adventure. Pack your e-bike and gear and head to California. We’ll tell you about some of the best cycling routes in this state.

  • 1. Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, Monterey County

This cycling trail follows the former Southern Pacific Railroad route.  Especially if you love the ocean, undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the pretty seaside community of Monterey and its surrounding areas. This 18-mile route takes you past sandy beaches, marinas, fishing piers, and parks. You will likely get the opportunity to see some marine wildlife like sea lions and whales along the trip. The route passes by the well-known Fisherman’s Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

  • 2. Hammond Trail, McKinleyville

Voted ‘Best Bike Trail’ in the Eureka Times-Standard’s Best of the North Coast Awards, the Hammond Trail is a picturesque route traversing some five miles between the Mad River and Clam Beach in Humboldt County. This route offers a lot of adventure, history, and exceptional views. You will have the opportunity to watch marine wildlife and different species of birds along the route. Cyclists cross a steel truss bridge offering gorgeous views of the Mad River, passing along the western edge of the town of McKinleyville and scenic Hiller Park. Continuing north, Hammond Trail features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean before coming to its endpoint at the sandy stretches of Clam Beach County Park, popular with surfers, campers, and picnickers.

  •   3. Marvin Braude Bike Trail, Los Angeles

Starting at Torrance Beach in the South Bay area, the bike trail heads all the way north to Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. The meandering trail is 22 miles long and takes riders by some of the best beaches in California. You’ll see beaches with their iconic volleyball courts and a fusion of colors everywhere. Nature and urban architecture merge seamlessly to provide breathtaking views along the trail. You’ll ride across some of the most emblematic neighborhoods of LA like Santa Monica and Redondo. Bear in mind that the trail can be crowded on weekends.

  •  4. MacKerricher State Park, Mendocino County

     The coastal trail follows the old “Haul Road'' from Glass Beach. Offers a scenic, three-mile route through Mendocino County’s beautiful MacKerricher State Park. Beginning just north of downtown Fort Bragg, the haul road takes cyclists over Pudding Creek Trestle – a historic rail bridge dating back to 1916 – traveling northwards via beautiful coastal bluffs to Laguna Point, a prime spot for whale-watching. Make sure to take good binoculars to facilitate marine mammal viewing.

  •   5. American River Trail, Sacramento

The trail follows the American river over largely flat terrain for around 32 miles. It’s one of the best and longest multi-use biking trails countrywide. Start your ride on a paved two-lane biking path that runs from Sacramento’s old town, at Discovery Park, just east to Folsom Lake. Swimming spots and parks dot the biking route along the way. You can also add another 12 miles at the Folsom end with a ride around Lake Natoma.

  •  6. Bayshore Bikeway, San Diego

This 24 miles out and back route trail located at Broadway Pier-Coronado Ferry, San Diego is one of the best beach trails in California. The route consists of smooth and flat terrain almost in its entirety. The views of downtown San Diego along the route are spectacular.  Offering an enjoyable ride along the palm-tree-lined trails and beautiful views of downtown San Diego skyline, San Diego Bay, and the Pacific.

You might pass Coronado Golf Course fascinating fields and even come across the celebrated Hotel del Coronado. You’ll encounter many cafes, public parks, resting stops, and beaches along this top bike trail.

  •  7. West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

A gentle, ambling route through Santa Cruz’s coastline, If you are a novice, this trail is a good alternative. It is just 3 miles long and it can easily be made into a round trip. From the city’s lively Municipal Wharf, West Cliff Drive takes cyclists past surfing hot spot Steamer Lane and the neighboring Santa Cruz Surfing Museum at Lighthouse Point – a perfect spot for a mid-route break and for indulging in some whale- and dolphin-watching. From there the route travels alongside the coast, ending at the beautiful Natural Bridges State Beach.

  •  8.Rincon Bike Trail, Ventura County

This trail connects the town of Carpinteria with Ventura. It is a fully protected bike path that offers incredible views of the coastline. You start your trip at Rincon State Park. The parking lot is usually considered the starting point there. Alternatively, you can ride from the town of Carpinteria. A highlight of the route is Rincon, a surf break where you can watch dolphins as you pass by.  Further, you’ll reach Highway 1. Don’t worry; this part of the route is safe. You can ride confidently on a wide bike lane. After more or less 10 miles, you’ll reach your final destination in downtown Ventura. The last part of the route is flat terrain, so you won’t have any problem completing the trip.

This is obviously just a small part of the countless list of amazing California bike trails. Don't forget to bring your helmet! And of course, the camera! Let's enjoy fabulous weather and some incredible views!

 

 


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