Looking for a weekend adventure close to home? This ride will take you along the Bay, through beautiful redwood forests and on to Point Reyes, all on fantastic bike paths. We ended our ride at Dancing Coyotes Beach Cottages in Inverness and stayed a few nights, exploring Point Reyes by bike and by foot. While the ride is long, it is not particularly strenuous. We rode slow and made it out easily with plenty of battery to spare (Karen had a 500wh Bosch battery that was at 25% when we arrived). If you want to ride quicker and in a higher assist level you'll likely want to either have a larger battery - 625wh+ - or charge along the way - there are plenty of restaurants to stop at along the route for a break and a charge.
The Komoot route below is downloadable to your smartphone, and if you have a Bosch Kiox or Nyon display, you can use it to give you turn-by-turn navigation for stress-free touring.
This route starts you off at the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll ride along the Bay on the Sausalito - Mill Valley bike path and then jog over to ride briefly along the 101 - all on bike paths - to get to Corte Madera. Alternatively for more elevation gain, you can ride up and over Camino Alto and drop down into Corte Madera.
From Corte Madera you head inland through the Ross Valley. The bike route is low-traffic and well marked. Stop in San Anselmo or Fairfax for a break or lunch if you want to fuel up before your first real climb which will take you over White's Hill and down into San Geronimo Valley. The ride out of Fairfax is on a bike lane along Sir Francis Drake Blvd with quick moving traffic. Once over the top of the hill you will descend for a mile or so until you get to a side street which takes you off of Sir Francis Drake and through Woodacre and Lagunitas.
You'll get back on Sir Francis Drake for a few miles but stay alert for the Cross Marin Bike Path on the right hand side right before you reach Samuel P. Taylor State Park. This path follows the old railroad grade that took passengers from Sausalito to Samuel P Taylor in the 19th century and takes you through the redwoods until a few miles from Olema.
A short climb and the decent and you're passing through Olema and on towards Point Reyes Station and Inverness!