Yosemite – San Francisco Cycling

Riding under the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes! This is what is feels like to complete this challenge. And, yes, we all wear helmets :-), but we had to capture this moment of joy and accomplishment!

Overview

Our journey takes us from the mountains of the eastern edge of this bronzed and beautiful Golden State, to the Pacific Coast and into the internationally loved city of San Francisco.

We kick off our epic California adventure in one of the world’s most celebrated national preserves – the monumental Yosemite National Park, which lies tucked within the sprawling Sierra Nevada mountain range. With its massive granite peaks and cliffs, towering forests, roaring waterfalls, sparkling lakes and lush meadows, Yosemite captures the hearts and adventurous spirits of all its visitors.

From Yosemite we cycle 235 miles (380 km) in 5 days over challenging mountain roads, down into famed valleys and onto the sweeping western plains. We finish this stunning bike ride in the only way an unforgettable trip such as this could end: riding across the Golden Gate Bridge into the heart of San Francisco.

 

Itinerary

ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, California

Upon arrival we are met by our guides and transferred to our overnight hotel in Oakdale between San Francisco and Yosemite National Park.

LODGING: Best Western Oakdale

MEALS: On own

RIDING: None

CLASSIC YOSEMITE SIGHTS

After an early breakfast we arrive in Yosemite National Park. After pitching camp in beautiful Yosemite Valley, we’ll have lunch before doing a bike fit. Next we take on a short ride offering views of famous Yosemite landmarks like Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and El Capitan. At camp we enjoy dinner and a full briefing on the challenge ahead.

LODGING: Camping in Yosemite NP

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: Up to 10 mi

ELEVATION: +/- < 100 ft

McCLURE AND TURLOCK LAKES

After breakfast, we break camp and begin our epic cycling challenge with a big ascent on quiet Rt 120 west. The scenery changes to farmland and small towns before lunch, then we take in views over beautiful pine-covered Lake McClure. The remaining ride takes us over flat road to our camp on the shores of Turlock Lake.

LODGING: Camping in Turlock SP

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 60 mi

ELEVATION: + 2211 ft

ROLLING HILLS TO COMANCHE LAKE

Today is our longest day in the saddle so we start early, riding past Turlock Lake and over Robert Ferry’s Bridge. Our route is mostly long, flat, and straight with some undulations. After lunch we remain on quiet country lanes, finishing our ride at the popular fishing spot of Comanche Lake. Our camp is nestled among cottonwood and eucalyptus.

LODGING: Camping at Comanche SP

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 70 mi

ELEVATION: + 1289 ft

RIVERS AND VINEYARDS

After breakfast we ride uphill through the San Joaquin Valley until Clements Town where vineyards abound and the road flattens out. We then pass over the Sacramento River, following it to Walnut Grove where we will stop for lunch at a local vineyard to sample wine and produce. We then transfer by van to Rohnert Park.

LODGING: DoubleTree Rohnert Park

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 50 mi

ELEVATION: + 777 ft

CALIFORNIA COASTLINE

After a good night’s rest we are cycling toward the Pacific Coast. The excitement of seeing the ocean will drive your pedals forward as the scenery changes. We stop for lunch in Tomales Bay near a local oyster farm (tastings available!). From there the rolling coastline takes us all the way to Olema, our finishing point for today.

LODGING: Olema Campground

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 40 mi

ELEVATION: + 839 ft

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

We start with a tough ride to Bolinas Lagoon and famous Stinson Beach. Our ride becomes steep and winding as we follow the coastline before lunch at a stunning viewpoint. Our final ascent takes us through Muir Woods, then we ride the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Our hotel and celebratory dinner are in the heart of San Francisco.

LODGING: TBD in San Francisco

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 36 mi

ELEVATION: + 2142 ft

FLY HOME

Enjoy a free morning to explore San Francisco, then prepare to wave goodbye to newfound friends and the Pacific Coast. We transfer to San Francisco Airport for our flight home, taking with us memories that will last a lifetime.

LODGING: None

MEALS: On own (breakfast may be included depending on hotel)

RIDING: None

 

What’s Included?Lake Camanche Sunset2

  • Airport transfers
  • Professional safety-certified guide(s) and bike mechanic(s)
  • 1 Challenge/Charity Representative
  • 3 nights lodging (double occupancy)
  • 4 nights comfortable camping
  • Vehicle support throughout trip
  • Comfortable, well-tuned hybrid bikes (upgrades available)
  • Tents (double occupancy) and sleeping pads
  • All meals per itinerary + snacks, water, drinks
  • California DOT permit and National Park permits
  • Local taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities

Group Size

MIN: 10 pax | MAX: 55 pax