Archive for December, 2009

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Mt. Tamalpais (Bolinas Fairfax Rd Ascent)


Finally, a true Bay Area climb. Ok, actually, I have done some of the great, shorter climbs around Pescadero (Tunitas Creek for example), but this was the first of the big Bay Area climbs for me (the other two being Mt. Diablo and Mt. Hamilton..hoping to do those soon!).

Here is a slideshow of the ride for those who are too lazy to read the rest of the ride description (I don’t blame you..I often look for the cliff notes myself):

After doing some research, I settled on going with the Bolinas Fairfax Rd approach – general consensus seemed to be that it was the coolest way up with minimal traffic, changing scenery and a couple of tough sections. This route had me starting out in the rather nice town of Fairfax. From Center Boulevard I turned left on Bolinas Road and couldn’t wait to start climbing. About a half mile later my wish was answered with some nice climbing through a residential area in which I wouldn’t mind having a house..

From 2009-12-28 – Bay Area – Mt. Tamalpais Cycling

After a bit the houses start to thin out..

This section really starts to get scenic. After the initial climbing section, you get a pleasant descent:

From 2009-12-28 – Bay Area – Mt. Tamalpais Cycling

After the descent, a relatively flat section:

The cool thing about this ride is the ever-changing scenery. Not a mile later and I hit some redwoods..

Scenic, yes.

From 2009-12-28 – Bay Area – Mt. Tamalpais Cycling

A short while later and I stumble upon the incredibly scenic Alpine Lake:

From 2009-12-28 – Bay Area – Mt. Tamalpais Cycling

This really is a nice road to ride on..

From 2009-12-28 – Bay Area – Mt. Tamalpais Cycling

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