Cycling Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County from Fairfax-Bolinas Road
Ride 9.8 miles gaining 2,638’ at 4.7% average grade.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially Marin County than cycling Mt. Tamalpais. Mt. Tam is commonly considered the symbol of Marin County, and cycling this gorgeous climb up a landmark mountain in a world class cycling area is bound to be the making of a great day in the Bay. 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 / Bolinas Ridge Road.
We then turn right and follow rollers along Ridgecrest Boulevard for four miles to the intersection of Pantoll Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard. Along these four miles are the Pacific Ocean to our right and views of Eastern Marin to the left . . . .
. . . and, on a clear day ,Mt. St. Helena in Napa/Sonoma County to the north.
From there we turn left for the final 1.5 mile climb that offers what we feel are among the best views of the San Francisco Bay area from anywhere in Northern California.
Come for the ride, stay for the views.
And we are just a stone’s throw from the Golden Gate and San Francisco.