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    good day trip from marin? 'back west' for a visit

    hey. i used to live in san rafael and rode there alot, but I did not own a car. i am headed back for a visit, and i will have a rental car, and a sunday midday through tuesday afternoon at my disposal, along with some money and a riding buddy. but no bike. according to mapquest, downieville is 4 hours away.
    any suggestions? something a little closer, as 4 hours seems pretty far for what would become a day trip (monday full day of riding).
    looking for a place that might rent some decent bikes, as well. what's north in sonoma?
    i know that there is a lot out there. just give me some tips, please. we both enjoy all-day rides. no full face helmet, body armor or robocop stormtrooper outfits here. in marin we usually would do a white's hill/pine mountain/mt tam day kind of thing.
    just looking to hit something beyond the usual tamorancho/china camp rides.
    thanks!
    maybe downieville is the best option...
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    The closest place other than the two places you already mentioned would be Annadale State Park which is in Santa Rosa. You can get a lot of cross country riding in there and can easliy spend a full day tooling around if you take the right trails.

    You also have Las Posadas Experimental Forest which is NorthWest of Napa in a little town called Angwin. The area is located behind Pacific Union College. This is more a "morning" type of ride, you can strech it if you ride some of the same trails twice, I frequent this place and can reccomend a nice loop if i am shown a map.

    Then theres Rockville City Park out in Fairfield. Also not a place you could pull an entire day riding at but also a lot of fun. Unforutanetly the city recently closed the "tilley" portion of the park which is hope to some really nice singletrack.

    If you are up for a jaunt and some windy roads, you can hit Boggs Mountain which is North of Middletown CA. I just was out there for MBTB and it was a great place. We had some difficulty reading the map however.

    I think ive gotten you started on some good riding around here. In summary, i would like to say that if you are looking to pull off an "epic" all day ride, annadale is most likely your best bet. Boggs might be doable too ... i dont know the trails well enough to make a final reccomadation on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melt
    The closest place other than the two places you already mentioned would be Annadale State Park which is in Santa Rosa. You can get a lot of cross country riding in there and can easliy spend a full day tooling around if you take the right trails.

    You also have Las Posadas Experimental Forest which is NorthWest of Napa in a little town called Angwin. The area is located behind Pacific Union College. This is more a "morning" type of ride, you can strech it if you ride some of the same trails twice, I frequent this place and can reccomend a nice loop if i am shown a map.

    Then theres Rockville City Park out in Fairfield. Also not a place you could pull an entire day riding at but also a lot of fun. Unforutanetly the city recently closed the "tilley" portion of the park which is hope to some really nice singletrack.

    If you are up for a jaunt and some windy roads, you can hit Boggs Mountain which is North of Middletown CA. I just was out there for MBTB and it was a great place. We had some difficulty reading the map however.

    I think ive gotten you started on some good riding around here. In summary, i would like to say that if you are looking to pull off an "epic" all day ride, annadale is most likely your best bet. Boggs might be doable too ... i dont know the trails well enough to make a final reccomadation on that one.
    thanks. i will check out those options...
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    I second Annadel

    The best place I've ridden outside of the Sierras. Easy to get in 25 - 30 miles or more. Mostly gradual climbs but lots of nice long downhills with just a bit of rocks thrown in. Map on my site.

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