South San Francisco Bay & Monterey Bay Areas Bicycle Touring Map

This is our touring map covering the area from San Francisco south to Big Sur, and inland to the edge of the Central Valley and King City. Detailed coverage, showing country back roads, and quiet urban side streets. Hills are indicated with chevrons, and roads classified by the amount of traffic they carry.  Services, camping, lodging, points of interest, favorite routes and bike trails are all shown. The map provides information on rail and ferry service in the Bay Area, and covers all three international airports. The legend is in English and German. Paper, 25"x36" folded to about 4"x8".  Scale 1:150,000; detailed inset maps at 1:75,000 and 1:50,000. 2012.

Highlights

Tracing the San Andreas earthquake fault from just south of San Francisco to near Gilroy, the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains offer challenging but beautiful cycling.  A series of roads, some just a single lane wide, follow the ridge line for the entire distance, offering views over the surrounding hills east towards San Francisco Bay and west towards the Pacific Ocean.  Numerous roads climb from either side of the ridge.  Dense redwood forests, often shrouded in fog, cover most of the western slopes, while warm sunshine, grassy meadows and oaks are typical on the east face.  For detailed coverage of the excellent mountain biking in this region, see our San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountains Mountain Biking Map.

San Francisco is "everybody's favorite city", and to Bay Area residents it's simply "The City".  Our map shows the best routes around and about The City's infamous hills and avoiding as much traffic as possible.  Golden Gate Park on the City's west side is a beautiful oasis, with gardens, lakes, picnic areas, playgrounds, carousel, museums and a bicycle path and track.

Cyclist friendly Palo Alto, home to Stanford University, is located on the San Francisco Peninsula, 30 miles south of The City, and referred to by San Franciscans as "The Farm," a reflection of its more "rural" atmosphere.  Cyclist-only bridges connect quiet side streets to form continuous cycling routes across town.  Rides in the hills west of campus are very popular.

The long and lonesome ride over the 4,200 foot summit of Mount Hamilton is challenging both for its long hard climbs and its isolation from services.  If you plan to tackle it, bring plenty of water and food, and start early.  Lick Observatory is located at the top and has a Post Office if you want to send a souvenir letter.

The Monterey Bay area includes many quiet farm roads perfect for cycling.  Santa Cruz, on the "sunny side" of the Bay, is a lively college town, while Monterey on the south end is steeped in the history of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row and California's original State Capitol.  Just south of Monterey is the picturesque town of Carmel, and the rugged shoreline of Big Sur.  East of the Monterey Bay area, a series of valleys stretch to the southeast, several of them quiet and beautiful for riding.

Elkhorn Road provides a quiet and scenic alternative to busy State Highway 1 in the Monterey Bay area.
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San Antonio Valley outside of Livermore.
Montara Beach and Old Stage Road on the San Mateo County coast.