BEAST (Bits of Eastbay Awesomeness Strung Together)

This is a Training Route: a good local ride, but not a 5 Star destination ride.

“This is a super fun mixed terrain route with very few boring/junk miles and some of the best views in the bay. You’ll want solid gravel/cross handling skills in a few sections that are a touch MTB-ish. Approximately 50% gravel/dirt, with a majority of the climbing on gravel/dirt. Wide variety of riding, from tarmac to fire road to singletrack. Lots of shade. Lots of ridge riding. A couple of steep technical descents, and several steep non-technical.

Bring food and water; there’s very little out there. Consider a camelbak. You’ll probably want 35+ tires with some knobs on a cross or gravel bike. A hardtail MTB wouldn’t be wrong, just slower on the road. Turn by turn directions recommended if you aren’t familiar with the trails.”

SilasP of the Bay Area submitted this route. It looks really intriguing, but the Dirty Freehub Team has not yet had a chance to put “tread on terra”, thus the designation as a Bandit Route. If you ride this route, we would love your feedback in the comments section below. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 63 miles / 6600 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% gravel/dirt, 50% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ Oakland, CA
– Published: September 2020

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate+. Due to a significant amount of trail riding and some steep up and down pitches.

When we like to ride this …

On a sunny day when the views are big!

The Start

Temescal Regional Recreation Area. This is a fee area. (An alternative start is at the Rockridge BART station at the intersection of College Ave and the Grove Shafter Freeway [24] at mile 61.5.)
Lat / Long:  37.847872, -122.233103 (Alternative start: 37.844545, -122.251872)


Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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Ridden and Reviewed by …

SilasP / Guest Contributor

I am one of many east coast transplants to the Bay Area and have lived in San Francisco from 2008, and now Oakland since 2017. I like discovering new, beautiful, fun places to ride. I play classical clarinet. I once had a semi-famous deer crash video. The deer was fine to the best of my knowledge, thanks for asking. And … the photo? Battling the megafires in 2020.

  • Ryan says:

    This weekend, my partner and I did 3/4 of the Southern loop together and I also did the Northern loop. Views were incredible, particularly in Tilden Regional Park.

    There were more people on the ridges than I expected, so passing was sometimes slowed, also there many riders in Anthony Chabot & Redwood Regional Parks.

    Route finding in places was a bit tricky; the modification above takes you on a freeway onramp, then cut through a no-trespassing sign onto an abandoned side road. – We thought it was wrong at first, but figured it out after trying the East side of the highway and coming to a dead end. Overall good experience. I’d like to do the full thing again sometime. Thanks for posting!

  • Jeremy Leeds says:

    One small possible tweak. Right at the start, just as you cross Broadway terrace, you can connect with a gravel section which runs parallel to 13 along the west side for a mile or so. Then you’d take Estates, La Salle, Trafalgar, and Monterey to get to the bottom of Joachin Miller.

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