South Bay Bike Trails: Road and Mountain Bicycle Rides Through Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties

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Although the South Bay is better known for its high-tech image, once you head out into the surrounding countryside, you will find a cyclist's paradise. From San Jose south to Gilroy, picturesque rides take you through ranchlands around Morgan Hill, dense redwood forests in the Santa Cruz mountains, and the coastal wetlands of the Elkhorn Slough. Heading south along the Pacific coast brings you to the famous beaches and seaside resorts of Santa Cruz and Capitola.
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Overview

Although the South Bay is better known for its high-tech image, once you head out into the surrounding countryside, you will find a cyclist's paradise. From San Jose south to Gilroy, picturesque rides take you through ranchlands around Morgan Hill, dense redwood forests in the Santa Cruz mountains, and the coastal wetlands of the Elkhorn Slough. Heading south along the Pacific coast brings you to the famous beaches and seaside resorts of Santa Cruz and Capitola.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962169489
  • Publisher: Penngrove Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Bay Area Bike Trails Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 778,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Explore the South Bay by Bike!..................................5
Regions of the South Bay........................................6
San Francisco South Bay Area....................................7
How to Use This Book............................................8

Rides
Santa Clara Valley: East Foothills.............................10
1. San Felipe Valley and Metcalf Road.........................11
2. New Almaden and Hicks Road Loop............................14
3. Coyote Creek Bike Path.....................................18
4. Quimby Road Loop...........................................21
5. Sierra Road Loop...........................................24
6. Grant Ranch County Park....................................27

Santa Clara Valley: West Foothills.............................31
7. Saratoga and Stevens Canyon Back Roads.....................32
8. Tour of Los Gatos and Saratoga Foothills...................35
9. Los Gatos Creek Trail......................................39
10. Los Gatos and Castle Rock Loop.............................43
11. Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve............................46
12. St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve......................49

Santa Cruz Area: Mountains and Beaches.........................53
13. Los Gatos and Soquel Loop..................................54
14. Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach Ride.........................57
15. Eureka Canyon and Soquel Loop..............................60
16. Seacliff Beach and Corralitos Loop.........................63
17. Soquel Demonstration Forest................................66
18. The Forest of Nisene Marks and Sand Point Overlook.........69

West Santa Cruz Area: Mountains and Forests....................73
19. Empire Grade and Bonny Doon................................74
20. Zayante Road and Bear Creek Road Loop......................77
21. Felton Empire Road.........................................80
22. Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop.............................83
23. Big Basin Redwoods State Park..............................86
24. Wilder Ranch State Historic Preserve.......................90

South County: Ranches and Farms................................94
25. Chesbro and Uvas Reservoirs................................95
26. Gilroy Hot Springs and CaƱada Road.........................98
27. Corralitos and Green Valley Loop..........................102
28. Rio Del Mar -- Watsonville Loop...........................106
29. Pajaro Valley and the Elkhorn Slough......................109
30. Henry Coe State Park Out-and-Back.........................112
31. Henry Coe State Park -- Kelly Lake........................115

Appendix Rides by Ratings..............................................120
Mountain Bike Rides...........................................121
Points of Interest............................................122
Bicycling Tips................................................124
About the Author..............................................127
The Bay Area Bike Trails Series...............................128

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