Saturday, March 14, 2015
This ride heads south for beautiful loop around the Marin Headlands on Conzelman Rd up to Hawk Hill followed by a scenic jaunt around the Tiburon Peninsula along Paradise Dr.
Take the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path from Sycamore Ave and continue along the wetlands and marshes around Pickleweed Inlet from Bayfront Park to Bothin Marsh Preserve.
The path continues under Richardson Bay Bridge towards the harbor and Richardson Bay Marina.
Exit the path onto Gate 6 Rd and head south on Bridgeway through the busy waterfront town of Sausalito.
The climb up along 2nd St to South St and Alexander Ave leads out-of-town towards the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. The tunnel crossing under US-101 on Alexander Ave connects with Conzelman Rd to the Marin Headlands; the protected open spaces around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The climb on Conzelman Rd up to Hawk Hill is 1.8 scenic miles. The first 3/10th of a mile is the steepest with an average grade of 9.6%.
The second section eases up a bit for the next 0.9 mile; it leads up to the traffic circle at McCullough Rd with an average grade of 3.5%.
The third section kicks up with an average grade of 6% for the 0.7 mile to the summit at Hawk Hill.
Stop and enjoy the spectacular views!
The descent on Conzelman Rd to the lower Coastal Trail parking lot is very steep with 18% grades-be cautious!
Conzelman Rd continues along Clydes Ridge pass the old concrete batteries to Field St. pause for a moment and admire the coastal bluffs and ocean views!
Descend Field St to Bunker Rd and continue east through the Headlands along the valley floor on Bunker Rd to the single lane tunnel.
At the other end of the tunnel, Bunker Rd drops down towards Fort Baker at Cavallo Point to East Rd.
East Rd goes pass the US Coast Guard Station and the Discovery Museum to the 5-8% climb up to Alexander Ave.
From Alexander Ave, retrace your way back through Sausalito on Bridgeway to the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path and Sycamore Ave.
Continue north for the climb up Corte Madera Ridge on Camino Alto; it’s 1.3 miles with an average grade of 4.4% followed by a fabulous sweeping descent on smooth pavement into Corte Madera.
The right turn on Redwood Rd is followed by an immediate left turn onto Montecito Dr; this road takes you onto the Corte Madera-Larkspur Path to Tamal Vista Blvd.
Exit the path onto Wornum Dr and take the multi-use path along Redwood Hwy; this path goes around the shopping areas of Corte Madera with gorgeous views of the wetlands and marshes at Corte Madera Ecological Preserve. The path exits onto Paradise Dr.
Paradise Dr is a popular cycling road that runs 8.4 miles on gentle rolling terrain; this glorious road winds around the estate homes along the Tiburon Peninsula with million dollar bay views!
Paradise Dr drops down from the ridge into Tiburon with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sutro Tower and SF Bay!
San Rafael Ave goes around a residential neighborhood along the edge of Belvedere Island with beautiful views of Richardson Bay and Mt Tam.
Continue around the bay on Greenwood Beach Rd and hop onto another path on Harbor Cove Way for the short super steep climb up to Strawberry Dr.
Strawberry Dr goes up and around the neighborhoods to Strawberry Point and becomes Seminary Dr; this road winds around Richardson Bay with fantastic views of Richardson Bay Bridge.
Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd takes you under and around US-101 to Hamilton Dr. The multi-use path off Hamilton cuts across the soccer field to the little bridge crossing over Pickleweed Inlet. Exit the path onto Sycamore Ave and take Camino Alto back to Safeway.
A ride around the Marin Headlands is a must-do if you’re in the SF/Bay Area! You’re greatly rewarded for the climb up Conzelman with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the City and beyond plus the iconic Golden Gate Bridge!
42.21 Miles with 2329′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 820′
Max grade: 11%
Terrain: Flat-rolling with a few low hills
Weather: Sunny and warm with partial clouds and blue skies. Temps ranged from the low 60’s to the low 80’s with SW winds.
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