Crissy Field to Lake Merced: 22 miles




Bike Ride

301 ft

Begins in:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Created By:
heknits Best Time: 2:01:41
This is one of those rides with views that make you glad you live in the Bay Area. We leave from Crissy Field, across from Roaring Mouse Cycles, and begin climbing immediately, but don't let that put you off. The hills really aren't that bad (particularly for SF), and the reward is two of the best descents in the city! The first is around mile 4 where, after passing through the tony Sea Cliff neighborhood, you drop down past the historic Cliff House to Ocean Beach. There's no bike lane until you get to the Great Highway, but don't stick too close to the right hand side of the road. There are lots of tourist and cars pulling in and out of parking around the Cliff House. Give yourself some room and keep your eyes open. The second descent is at mile 20 in the Presidio; curvey and fast! The posted speed limit is 25 (it's easy and really tempting to get above 35mph) and there's a stop sign at the bottom of the hill
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Beach Surroundings Bike Path Surface cliff house High Traffic Area Lake Surroundings Low Traffic Area Medium Climb Contour Medium Difficulty ocean beach Oceans presidio Residential Area Road Surface Scenic Surroundings sea cliff Smooth Terrain Steep Contour Urban Area
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Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 5 1.31 mi/2.69 mi 1.37 mi 44 ft/250 ft 2.8%
Cat 5 3.81 mi/5.06 mi 1.25 mi 97 ft/276 ft 2.7%