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San Francisco



Trip Length

4 Riding Days

Start & Finish

Start - San Francisco

End - Big Sur


170 Miles

273 Kilometres


Easygoing - Moderate


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. 


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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Bike Equipment


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

Camping Gear


Tent, sleeping mat, tarp, cookware, flashlight, sleeping bag

Route Design


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


Accommodation Costs


We provide suggestions and details of the best campsites. They average $5 per person per night. 

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. A list of hospitals and clinics are listed in the pre-trip manuals.

Travel Medical Insurance


It is recommended to purchase travel medical insurance before embarking on your journey if you are coming from abroad.

Personal Travel Expenses


Plan for costs associated with personal travel to arrive at your starting point and heading home from your endpoint.

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