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    Spending X-mas in Bay Area

    I'll be staying w/ family in Menlo Park over the holidays and would like to find a decent day ride nearby. Nice single/double track w/good views if possible. I'd like to take my 14yo son along so not too gnarly though. Also, a good recommendation for place to rent a couple of bikes would be great too. Thanks for the info.

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    Hey RB - you should probably hit up the Nor Cal forum! While a few So Cal'ers may know a trail here and there, the guys up in Nor Cal will definitely be able to help you. Hope you have a great time.

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    Tons of places to ride, but many are weather sensitive, as in rain closes trails. Check out http://www.openspace.org, http://www.romp.org

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    My favorite place to ride in norcal is Skeggs Point in San Mateo. Its kinda close to Menlo Park. I grew up in that area and just recently moved to LA area. I'm still looking for a place to ride thats similar to Skeggs.

    http://www.mtbr.com/trails/Californi...eggspoint.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002NRS
    I grew up in that area and just recently moved to LA area. I'm still looking for a place to ride thats similar to Skeggs.
    You aren't going to find it in L.A. I'm from San Diego, but I lived in the Santa Cruz Mtns for a few years near Soquel Demo forest and there's nothing like the Santa Cruz Mtns in SoCal. We have our own mtns, but no lush redwood forests down here. Don't get me wrong though, as a San Diego native I love my hometown and riding in shorts and a Tshirt in January is such a privelege.

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    rblouch, If you are looking for something that is not too far away, and a nice ride that has some fun ST and a few options - none of them gnarly - drive to Santa Cruz and head north on Hwy 1 just a couple of miles. Wilder Ranch State Park has some great trails and nice views of the ocean and coastal range. If you make it to the top and feel like more, you can cross Empire Grade and head into an area that is off the UCSC campus and it laced with a maze of singletrack through the redwoods. Some of it is a bit techy, and there are lots of log crossings, etc... but huge fun. Figure an hour drive to get there and you should be pleasantly surprised unless Hwy 17 is unusually backed up. Great burritos at the taqueria next to Togos also... Skeggs is fun, and heavy forest, but the trails are a bit steep if your son is not too into it, there are no real "easy" routes to get though Skeggs as you end up climbing back to your car it always seems...
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    Oops I missed the part about your son. I would agree with ATBScott about going Wilder Ranch. Wilder Ranch is another awesome place. Certain parts of Skeggs (depending which way you go) can get really rocky and some of the climbs are steep.

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