From the Back Cover
Experience the birthplace of the mountain bike revolution. The amazing wide-open spaces around the San Francisco Bay Area provide mountain biking souls with an escape from the urban landscape. You'll find breathtaking vistas and a range of trails from easy family trips to epic singletrack. No matter where you are in the Bay Area, a trailhead is nearby, including rides in the North Bay, South Bay, East Bay, and San Francisco Peninsula. From the top of Mount Tamalpais to the redwoods of Big Basin, local mountain biker Lorene Jackson outlines more than sixty of the area's best rides, including the legendary Repack, Annadel State Park, Mount Diablo, Wilder Ranch, Henry Coe State Park, and El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. Insider tidbits on local history and wildlife make this more than just a trail guide. You'll get the inside track on the best time of year to ride, local events and attractions, and tips on riding with kids. Also included: • detailed ride descriptions • easy-to-read maps and elevation profiles • at-a-glance ride specs, including ratings for physical and technical difficulty • tips on riding and trip preparation Wherever you ride and whatever your skill level, let Mountain Biking the San Francisco Bay Area be your guide to this mountain biking paradise.
About the Author
Lorene Jackson is a native Californian who's happiest outdoors. Graduate school in environmental health at UC Berkeley brought her to the Bay Area and she never left. Soon, the open spaces of Marin became the playground for raising her three sons. Lorene began mountain biking as a mother hen for the neighborhood boys. She would take them further into the hills than they could go alone. It wasn't long before she found herself racing cross country, if only to make sure the boys made it to the finish line safely. Gradually moving up the ranks herself, she has won the expert division of her age group at the NORBA National races. More recently, she can be found racing mountain bike triathlons. This trail guide has been an excuse to lift her head up from the training rides, explore new trails, and smell the wildflowers.