“A great beginner/intermediate ride with nice views of the bay and a well-maintained trail.”
— Shayne Holderby
Dawn - Dusk Parking Fee Based Parking $10 or Poppy Pass.
$3 one-day trail use fee (or $35 annual pass), payable at self-pay stations at most trailheads.
After Contacting the Park Service **Ride will be closed for maintenance until ~February 2015** Note that half of the trail is still open (southern end) and some of the upper trails.
This ride has great views of the bay and has a very wide, well maintained trail. This is an extremely high traffic trail but it's easy to pass in most areas. Watch out for tons of hikers, runners and walkers on the last three miles of the ride. The Bay View Trail
(upper section) is used almost exclusively by mountain bikers.
Need to Know
The trail has multiple branches along the route with signs directing you back to the Shoreline Trail
everywhere. Note that any trail sign pointing you to the "Ridge Trail
" is actually taking you to a fireroad that runs along the ridge of the park.
Start in the first listed parking area as you enter the park at the west end. You can't miss it - there will be a couple dozen cars with riders everywhere. Starting from the campsite entrance, look for Bay View Trail
on your right. Proceed up the trail for about 2 miles of switchback climbing that will eventually flatten out to some nice rolling singletrack.
The appeal of this trail is about 6 miles of rolling mostly downhill after the initial two mile climb. After about 1.5 miles of downhill singletrack you'll come up on a fire road. Follow down this road and you'll see several turns taking you back towards the Shoreline Trail
- make sure you take the last turn for Oak Ridge Trail
and the best ride.
Ignore any signs taking you to the Ridge Trail
as this is nothing but a fire road running along the ridge (nice view). The last section of the Oak Ridge Trail
has some narrow, slightly rocky singletrack before it joins back up with Peacock Gap Connector
and then back to Shoreline Trail
is a nice scenic rolling singletrack with a 1/4 mile section of fire road taking you back to your start point.
History & Background
Originally an old fishing village location.