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San Francisco

TO BIG SUR

Essentials

Price

$650

($100 Solo Rider Supplement)

Trip Length

4 Riding Days

Pickup & Dropoff

Start - San Francisco

End - Big Sur

Distance

170 Miles

273 Kilometres

Difficulty

Easygoing - Moderate

Itinerary

Starting just outside of San Francisco, begin riding past reservoirs, forests, rolling hillsides, and along mountain ridge roads into the Redwood forests in the Santa Cruz mountains. Meet the coast, and visit famous towns like Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, before entering beautiful Big Sur. Finish your adventure among the majestic Redwoods, with the crashing coastline just a short hike away.​

Day by Day

 

Arrival Day | San Francisco

Arrive into the beautiful city by the bay, and enjoy a night in town. From the Mission, to Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, SOMA, North Beach, and the famous Golden Gate Park, you'll have plenty to explore. 

 

Orientation | San Francisco

Get yourself and your bike organized. We’ll personally walk you through how to deal with basic bike mechanics for the journey ahead, camping set up, and essentials overview. Enjoy one last day in town, and fuel up for the next morning.

 

Day 1 | San Francisco - Big Basin | 52.1 miles

Skip the busy bay, and start riding in the South Bay. Climb up to beautiful forested bike paths along the San Andreas Lake and Crystal Spring Reservoirs, and ride along quiet cyclist filled roads into Big Basin Redwood Forest.

 

Day 2 | Big Basin - New Brighton | 32.3 miles

Riding downhill through the Santa Cruz mountains, pause for the awe inspiring views. Cycling through quaint mountain towns, enter one of California’s surf capitals, Santa Cruz.

 

Day 3 | New Brighton - Monterey | 42 miles

Biking through small communities, enjoy quiet residential roads, bike paths and seaside views with incredible wildlife on your way to Monterey.

 

Day 4 | Monterey - Big Sur | 44.5 miles

Start the day with the famous 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach, stopping in Carmel for a visit to a few galleries and the sandy beach. After miles of rolling coastal bliss, enter Big Sur, where you’ll finish at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campsite for a night nestled amongst giant Redwoods.

A Glimpse at Day 1

San Francisco - Big Basin | 52.1 miles

 

7 am: Wake up and get ready for day 1. Make sure you have all your personal belongings packed in your panniers.

8 am: Eat breakfast, load your panniers onto your bike, do a last minute check and hit the road!

8:30 am: Hop on BART, San Francisco's rapid transit system, and head to Millbrae, where you'll to begin the ride.

9:30 am: Ride out of town, along the bike path by the scenic Crystal Springs reservoir.

11:30 am: Stop at Robert's Market for lunch and pick up dinner and breakfast supplies. Perhaps grab lunch to go and enjoy a picnic lunch once you reach the Skyline Vista Point.

3 pm: Bike along the top of Skyline, catching views of rolling coastal moutains, the ocean, and the South Bay.

4 pm: Enter Big Basin Redwood Forest. Enjoy quiet roads lined with these magnificent giants. 

5 pm: Arrive at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and set up camp. Check out the walking trails, visit the camp restaurant, or simply relax by the campfire. 

 

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What's Included

Bike Equipment

 

Touring bike, waterproof panniers & handlebar bag, pump, bike tools,  & essential spare parts. You'll also receive a custom biking jersey to keep!

 

Luggage Transfer

 

Don't worry about carrying any extra weight, we'll deliver your bags to the end of your ride.

Camping Gear

 

Tent, sleeping mat, tarp, cookware, flashlight.

Equipment Pickup

& Dropoff

 

We bring everything to you, provide a detailed orientation, and collect it all at the end of your journey.

Route Design

 

Expertly designed day-by-day route suggestions, essential tips, campsite options, places of interest, and dining recommendations along the way.

 

On Call Guidance

 

Have any questions? For non-emergency situations, we're here to answer any questions.

What's not

Accommodation Costs

 

We provide suggestions and details of the best campsites. They average $5 per person per night. Sleeping bag not included. If you don't have one, we'll help you rent one.

Meals and Beverages

 

We outline our favorite cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Emergency Services

 

911 is always your first point of contact in an emergency situation.

Travel Medical Insurance

 

It is a requirement to show proof of travel medical insurance before embarking on your journey.

Personal Travel Expenses

 

All costs associated with personal travel before equipment pick up and after dropoff.