Bikepacking Trip: Presidio to Samuel P Taylor

Aug 04th, 2020

Description:Explore this classic overnight route of the Ridge Trail which takes you over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and through the sweeping views of the Marin Headlands.

Vehicle Logistics: Parking overnight in the Presidio is not allowed so you may need to be dropped off. There are plenty of public transportation options to get you close to the Presidio or Rob Hill Campground. You can park overnight at the Pantoll campground for a shorter trip.

Water: Carry a lot of water. The last water stop before Pantoll is at the Golden Gate Bridge North Vista Point. There is a fountain 1.5 miles off route at the Muir Woods National Monument main entrance just in case. There is no water between Pantoll and Samuel P Taylor.

Camping Options:

Rob Hill Campground in SF Presidio: Reservation only, group sites only.

Samuel P Taylor State Park: Reservation and first come hike & bike sites.

Mt. Tamalpais SP, Pantoll Campground: first come sites only.

Tennessee Valley, Haypress Campground: Reservation only.

OuterSpatial Mobile Map: Bike Overnight: Rob Hill to Samuel P Taylor

Trip route map and cue sheet: Download the PDF

Total Miles / Elevation: 43 miles, 5558’ gain, 5320’ loss

Surfaces: Trail and Road. Not all road sections provide lanes or shoulders for bikes. Use at your own risk.

Day 1 Itinerary:

Section 1: Rob Hill Camp – Tennessee Valley

Trail Maps: Rob Hill Camp to Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge to Tennessee Valley

Camp Start: Rob Hill Campground in SF Presidio, Reservation Only, group Site

Water: Water fountains at the Golden Gate Bridge North Vista Point Lot.

Section Note: You will ride up Conzelman Rd. for 1 mile. There is very little shoulder, ride at your own risk.

Section 2: Tennessee Valley – Pantoll Campground

Trail Maps: Tennessee Valley to Shoreline Hwy, Shoreline Hwy to Pantoll Camp

Water: There is water 1.5 miles off route at Muir Woods National Monument main entrance and at Pantoll Campground.

Section 3: Pantoll Campground – Samuel P Taylor State Park

Trail Maps: Pantoll to Bolinas Fairfax Rd., Bolinas Ridge Trail to Samuel P Taylor

Water: There is no water along this section until Samuel P Taylor State Park.

End Camp: Samuel P Taylor State Park, Reservation and first come first served hike and bike sites.

Day 2 Suggested Itinerary:

Extend your adventure: Check out Don Nolan’s 12 day bike packing circumnavigation plan for help and ideas for a longer trip.

Out and back: Ride back and camp at first come first served hike / bike in sites at Mt. Tamalpais SP, Pantoll Campground.




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