This is the very best bicycling guide to the northern California coast. It covers the area from the Oregon border to San Francisco in great detail, showing all the quiet back roads that aren't included in the other guides. Both paved and dirt alternate routes are included and a precise elevation profile of the main route accurately shows all of the ups and downs. Bike trails, stores, cafes, camping, lodging and points of interest are among the many features of this map. A narrative outlines the main coastal route and several major alternatives. If exploring the North Coast is more important to you than making time on the main highway, this is the map for you! The legend is in English and German. Paper, 17"x36". Scale 1:150,000 and 1:75:000. 1995.
In addition to the natural beauty of the Humboldt Bay region, this area is an architectural treasure trove: elaborate Victorians in Arcata, Eureka and Ferndale, the quaint company towns of Samoa and Scotia, and a variety of historic bridges both covered and not. Quiet farmland and forested mountains surround the bay. And where else do you find monuments to dairy cows? Wisconsin, maybe?
The Lost Coast is the real coastal route south of Eureka, but we'd recommend it only to the very strongest cyclists. This nearly deserted section of coast was considered too rugged when the Coast Highway was built, but several very quiet paved roads (and some dirt ones too) traverse the area. For those willing to work hard the rewards are great: nearly empty roads, spectacular isolated beaches and a few scattered villages.
Imagine riding along a river surrounded by trees over 300 feet tall. Get off the bike and walk to the base of one of them. Or ride your bike through the middle of one at the "Drive Through" tree. Certainly the grandest ride of all through the redwoods, is the beautiful 30 mile long Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. To see the crown jewel of redwood forests, we recomend a ride into the Rockefeller Forest, just a short detour off the Avenue.
Mount Tamalpias is the "birthplace of mountain biking". Our map includes both paved and dirt routes over this beautiful mountain held sacred by the native people, and much appreciated today for its scenic majesty and recreational opportunities.
Enter San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge or by ferry. By the way, you don't have to push your bike up stairs to cross the bridge. A detailed map shows the best approach routes, which vary by day of the week and time of day. San Francisco's north waterfront is included.
One of the best bakeries on Earth is located on the North Coast, but you'll have to buy a map to find out where it is!!
Fishermen's Wharf on San Francisco's north waterfront.
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