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    hi folks,

    i have a shiny new bike (santa cruz blur, my first suspension mtb) and wanted to see what you folks would recommend for some good starter trails in the bay area. i've been to arastradero reserve (which i liked, but wished it was longer) and to redwood regional park in oakland. i live in the east bay, but have a car and can travel. =)

    would appreciate any thoughts...and if anyone knows of any riding groups, that'd be great too.

    cheers,
    triane

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    Some suggestions...

    Easier to harder/technical:
    Marin Headlands
    Mt Tamalpais (Mill Valley)
    China Camp (San Rafael)
    Tamarancho Boy Scounts (Fairfax) - $5 day fee
    Joaquin Miller Park (Oakland)
    Annadel (Santa Rosa)
    Skyline Park (Napa) - $6 day fee
    Skegg's Point AKA El Corte de Madera (San Mateo)
    Rockville (Fairfield)

    Check the Trail Reviews - Bay Area section of MTBR to read up on all of these, and other area rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey
    Easier to harder/technical:
    Marin Headlands
    Mt Tamalpais (Mill Valley)
    China Camp (San Rafael)
    Tamarancho Boy Scounts (Fairfax) - $5 day fee
    Joaquin Miller Park (Oakland)
    Annadel (Santa Rosa)
    Skyline Park (Napa) - $6 day fee
    Skegg's Point AKA El Corte de Madera (San Mateo)
    Rockville (Fairfield)

    Check the Trail Reviews - Bay Area section of MTBR to read up on all of these, and other area rides.
    I would add to Mikey's list:

    Mt. Burdell (Novato) (easiest)
    Loma Alta (Fairfax)
    Sugarloaf (West Marin)
    Bolinas Ridge (West Marin)
    5 Brooks-Wildcat Camp (West Marin)
    Pine Mountain (Fairfax)
    Big Rock Ridge (Marinwood)

    These rides are mostly fireroad and not particularly technical but in some cases can be very tough from a cardio/strength perspective. There are several variations possible in most cases and that affects the difficulty.

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