Ten Great Rides

If you are new to the area, new to bicycles or just visiting Sonoma County, we'd like to introduce you to some of our favorite rides.  We think this is just about the best place in the world to ride a bike and these are the roads we take our friends on when they come to visit. 

Some of these routes are easy, some are not.  Each has a description of the terrain, some photos and even a little history and folk lore.  There is also a map and turn-by-turn instructions for each ride.  Once you have exhausted this list you'll find numerous other rides on our ride archive.

Ride Starts From Distance Challenge
Windsor Plain Santa Rosa Youth Park 23 Easy
Dry Creek, Alexander Valley City Hall Healdsburg 32 Easy
Sebastopol, Valley Ford Ragle Park, Sebastopol 38 Moderate hills
Alexander Valley, Russian River Esposti Park, Windsor 42 Some Rollers
Valley of the Moon Glen Ellen 28 Moderate hills
Spring Hill, Chileno Valley Petaluma 27 Some hills
Sonoma Coast Occidental 34 Hilly
Cavedale, Mt Veeder Sonoma 45 Challenging
The Geysers Central Geyserville 47 Challenging, Remote
King Ridge Monte Rio 55 Challenging, Remote

Credit for the descriptions of these rides and the accompanying photographs go to Bill Oetinger.  There is probably no one who knows the back roads of Sonoma County better than Bill and there is certainly no one who can describe them more lyrically.  So give a thought to Bill if you find yourself reaching for the brake levers as you read about the hairball descent of Trinity or if you smile as you visualize those ill fitting toupĂ©es on the hill tops west of Petaluma.

Dry Creek, Alexander Valley bike loop
My wife and I just completed this 30 mile loop during our first visit to Healdsburg. I had downloaded the map and turn by turn instructions before we left home. It was one of the best and most beautiful rides we have ever done. The map and directions were spot on! Thanks so much for making this info available to non-members on your web site. Definitely one of the best most user friendly biking web sites we have found. Wish we were going to be here longer to ride more in your area.
E&L, Asheville, NC
We are visiting here from Calgary, Canada and have found the ride info on your website to be absolutely wonderful. Excellent directions, maps, and beautifully written and helpful descriptions. Many thanks!   TMP riders

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