Cross the Golden Gate and enter the enchanted cycling world of Marin County. This page contains the top bike climbs in Marin County. Cycling, riding and climbing the top, most difficult, hardest, challenging, extreme, best, scenic, inspiring, bucket list climbs in the Marin County. Wonderful views of Alpine Dam, Pacific Ocean, redwood forest and THE best views of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay anywhere - in our opinion. Cycle from San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge to the top of Mt. Tamalpais - it really does not get any better than that. These climbs can be viewed via the map below (scroll in to view climbs in particular areas), or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the county), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. You can also view the Top 10 in the county. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb.
Cycling Marin County - Mt. Tamalpais
Mt. Tam is the centerpiece of all road bike climbing in Marin County
View of San Francisco from Mt. Tam’s West Peak
Marin County is an exceptional place to climb hills and a mountain by bike. This county has it all for cycling - the Pacific Coast, riding through redwood trees past lakes and on up to Mt. Tamalpais which offers the best views of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay than any other location.
THE MOST POPULAR ROUTE TO THE TOP OF MT. TAMALPAIS
We have plotted 5 routes to the top of Mt. Tam (Alpine Dam, Muir Woods, Fairfax-Bolina Road, Panoramic Hwy, Panoramic Hwy North) and Alpine Dam is the most popular by a good stretch. This climb begins at serene Alpine Reservoir in western Marin County, rides through the redwoods, along a ridgeline with the Pacific Ocean to our right and on up to Mt. Tamalpais’ West Peak with the greatest views of San Francisco anywhere.
THE MOST DIFFICULT ROUTE TO THE TOP OF MT. TAMALPAIS
Cycling Mt. Tamalpais from Panoramic Hwy North - View from Mt. Tam’s West Peak
Most difficult bike climb in Marin County
Ride 6.6 mile gaining 2,378’ at 6.8% average grade.
THE MOST SCENIC START TO THE TOP OF MT. TAMALPAIS
Cycling to Mt. Tamalpais West Peak from Muir Woods
Ride 8.9 miles gaining 2,484’ at 5% average grade.
THE MOST RUSTIC AND AGRICULTURAL BIKE CLIMB IN MARIN
Cycling the Marshall Wall East, Marin County, CA
2.8 miles gaining 553’ at 3.7% average grade.
THE MOST REMOTE BIKE CLIMB IN MARIN
This is an "outlier" climb by Marin County standards - only 1,030 Strava segment attempts as of August 29, 2015 versus over 30,000 for climbs closer to "civilization" and the very popular Mt. Tam routes. However, this is an enjoyable and unique climb in a remote area of Marin where you are likely to encounter no one during your 4.4 trek to the top. There are great views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline to the west and one spot where we have a great view of Napa County's Mt St. Helena some 50 miles north.