Our main shop at 425 Jefferson Street is conveniently located in Fisherman’s Wharf, just half a block from the start of the Golden Gate Promenade Bike Path, and the start of the best urban bike ride in the world: the eight mile ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Find out for yourself why it’s so popular- the best thing you will do in San Francisco!
The ride begins at Fisherman’s Wharf near the Powell/Hyde cable car turnaround. You will then ride along a mostly car-free and flat bike path (with only one hill on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge). You will ride through Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and Presidio National Park to near the base of the bridge, where the Warming Hut and historic Fort Point are located. You’ll cross the bridge on the sidewalk path (separated from automobiles) with stunning views of the city and bay, and then ride downhill into the charming bayside town of Sausalito. Once there, most people enjoy the views, eat, relax, shop and enjoy Sausalito’s famously wonderful weather before returning by ferry to San Francisco with their bikes. Please note that on busy days there can be limited space for bikes on ferries, so lines will form late in the afternoon on weekends and during summer holidays, so start early to avoid lines for bring bikes on the ferries.
The total distance from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito is approximately 8 miles and takes most visitors 1.5 to 2 hours to get to Sausalito, going slowly, taking pictures and enjoying themselves.
Highlights of this Bike Ride
Aquatic Park is a part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. It is home to a collection of historic ships, maritime artifacts, and exhibits that provide insight into San Francisco’s rich maritime heritage. The park offers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The crescent-shaped beach and the Municipal Pier add to the scenic beauty of the place.
Once a military post, this vibrant cultural complex now houses art galleries, theaters, and eateries, offering a delightful blend of history and contemporary culture. The terraced gardens provide a serene spot to catch your breath and enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The nearby Bay Trail offers a scenic route for cyclists, with dedicated lanes ensuring a safe ride.
Once an airfield, this revitalized stretch is now a beloved recreational area, offering sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Marin Headlands. The smooth, flat pathways are perfect for bicyclists of all levels, and the refreshing bay breeze provides a welcome respite. Along the way, you’ll find sandy beaches, tidal marshes teeming with birdlife, and picnic spots perfect for a mid-ride break. The nearby Warming Hut Cafe is a cyclist’s favorite, serving up delicious snacks and warm beverages.
Presidio National Park
Once a military fort, the Presidio now stands as a testament to nature’s resilience and the city’s rich history. Winding bike trails lead you through dense forests, serene meadows, and along rugged coastlines, offering breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. Historical landmarks, such as the iconic Officers’ Club and the picturesque Main Parade Ground, provide intriguing pit stops along your ride.
Nestled right beneath the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point is a historic treasure that bicyclists touring San Francisco shouldn’t miss. As you approach this Civil War-era fortress, you’ll be captivated by its red-brick architecture and the dramatic backdrop of the bridge’s towering arches. The fort’s well-preserved interiors offer a glimpse into 19th-century military life, complete with authentic cannons and barracks. After exploring the fort, take a moment to relax on the seawall, where the crashing waves and panoramic views of the bay provide a serene setting. The nearby multi-use trails are perfect for cyclists, offering a scenic route along the waterfront.
Golden Gate Bridge
Pedaling towards the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is a rite of passage for every bicyclist in San Francisco. As you approach this majestic marvel of engineering, the vibrant “International Orange” hue stands in stark contrast to the azure skies and waters, creating a sight to behold. The dedicated bike lanes ensure a safe and exhilarating ride across the 1.7-mile span, where you’re treated to unparalleled views of the city skyline, Alcatraz, and the distant Marin Headlands. Feel the cool bay breeze on your face and hear the distant hum of traffic and the rhythmic beat of your own heart. Once you reach the Vista Point on the northern end, take a moment to capture memories with photos or simply soak in the panoramic vistas. Riding the Golden Gate Bridge is more than just a cycling experience; it’s a journey through the heart and soul of San Francisco.
Just a scenic ride away from the bustling streets of San Francisco, Sausalito awaits bicyclists with its charming Mediterranean ambiance and breathtaking waterfront views. As you coast down the winding paths into this picturesque bayside town, you’re greeted by a mosaic of colorful houseboats, boutique shops, and art galleries. The town’s laid-back vibe is perfect for leisurely rides along the shoreline, where the shimmering bay meets quaint cafes and seafood eateries. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a gelato or a refreshing drink as you watch sailboats glide gracefully in the harbor. For those looking for a longer adventure, the nearby Marin Headlands offer challenging trails with panoramic views of the Pacific. Whether you’re exploring the town’s artistic corners or simply enjoying the seaside serenity, Sausalito is a bicyclist’s haven, offering a delightful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Old Mill Park
Tucked away in the heart of Mill Valley, Old Mill Park is a serene haven that offers bicyclists a delightful respite from their journey. As you pedal through its leafy trails, you’ll be surrounded by towering redwoods that whisper tales of ancient times. The park’s centerpiece, the historic Old Mill, stands as a testament to the area’s lumbering past. Meandering paths lead to babbling brooks and charming footbridges, making it a perfect spot for a mid-ride break. Benches scattered throughout provide opportunities to relax and soak in the natural beauty, while the nearby playground is a hit for those traveling with young ones.
Glistening on the shores of the San Francisco Bay, Tiburon is a gem that beckons bicyclists with its coastal charm and panoramic vistas. As you ride along its scenic pathways, you’ll be treated to views of the city skyline, Angel Island, and the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. The town’s Main Street is lined with chic boutiques, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants, offering a blend of luxury and laid-back vibes. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the historic Ark Row, a collection of converted boat houses that now house quaint shops and eateries. For those seeking a longer ride, the Paradise Loop offers a challenging yet rewarding circuit around the peninsula.