Cycling Fairfax-Bolinas Road:
Ride 4.4 miles gaining 4,180’ at 6.3% average grade.
Like many of these extremely peaceful and scenic western Marin County climbs, we are surrounded by redwoods much of the way. The climb begins at the northern end of Bolinas Lagoon and climbs to the three-way intersection of Ridgecrest Boulevard (the route from this point to the top of Mt. Tam), Fairfax-Bolinas Road, and Bolinas Ridge Road. It is not uncommon to encounter more cycling traffic than vehicle traffic along this quiet climb. As of October 2019, 10,153 Strava registered cyclists had completed this segment. The roadway is narrow with no shoulder, but the route is safe due to low traffic volume.
Sign at the start gives us an indication of the minimal attention this road receives.
This climb was part of the 2019 San Francisco Haute Route.
Oak and high brush line the roadway for the first half of the climb.
We ride among redwood trees for the last portion of the climb.
The climb’s finish is at intersection with Fairfax-Bolinas Road from Alpine Dam and Ridgecrest Boulevard.
That’s a wrap!!
This climb in the California Coast section of the Pacific Coast Range can be extended to include the bike climb to the summit of Mt. Tamalpias via Fairfax-Bolinas Road.