nikos7 danielsapp's article
Jun 15, 2018 at 10:20Jun 15, 2018
Mountain Biking's Troubled Roots & the Hope in Marin County
I grew up in Sonoma County throughout the 80's and 90's and rode Marin County almost every weekend. It wasn't until I left NorCal around 2002 that I realized how horrible the trail access issue is around the bay area. Its amazing to have an area as beautiful with such amazing weather and so much potential as the bay area just throw it away by demonizing mountain bikers and limiting where you can ride... absolutely sad for the so called birth place of mountain biking. Fortunately, not all of California is as bad as the bay area. Where I live now (central CA, south of Yosemite), I never have to think about where I can ride or when I have to ride to avoid crowds. It's unlimited trails (literally hundreds of miles of fire road, two track and singletrack) that share access with mtn bikes, moto bikes, 4wd, horses and hikers. You can easily do 6-8 hour rides that climb to 10,000' and never see a soul. And with nearby China Peak, awesome lift accessed downhill trails all day long. All this in a county that has way more horse owners than those in the whole bay area.