Cycling

The Regional Parks offer both paved bike routes for street cycling and dirt trails for off-road riding. For more information about bike trails, visit our Find a Park page and search for parks with biking.

Popular Bike Trails

Joe Rodota and West County trails - These paved trails are built on land that was once a railway line linking Santa Rosa with Sebastopol and Forestville. The trails total 14 miles and provide views of farms, vineyards and open space. These trails are perfect for casual cyclists, families and anyone interested in a flat, smooth route. The 8.5-mile Joe Rodota trail starts in central Santa Rosa and runs parallel to Highway 12 before ending in Sebastopol. The 5.5-mile West County Trail runs from Sebastopol to Forestville.

Santa Rosa Creek Trail - This new 2.14-mile trail connects the Prince Memorial Greenway in downtown Santa Rosa with Willowside Road in the countryside west of the city. The paved trail runs along creeks, with views of vineyards and ranches. The trail crosses three bridges. This is another great option for families or other leisure riders.

Spring Lake Regional Park - Our most popular Santa Rosa park features our most popular trail, a paved 3.5-mile loop around Spring Lake used by cyclists, runners and walkers. The trail has some gentle climbs and is intersected by off-road trails. You'll see many families and cyclists of all abilities on this trail. Spring Lake also connects with Annadel State Park, a North Bay destination for off-road riding.

Helen Putnam Regional Park - This park just west of Petaluma is a good option for beginning mountain bikers who want to build their skills. The park features 6 miles of trails with a variety of terrain and trail widths. Riders will enjoy panoramic views of southern Sonoma County.

Shiloh Ranch Regional Park - This park in the hills southeast of Windsor is for more experienced mountain bikers due it its steep grades, twisty single track and rocky patches. Nearly 8 miles of trails wind through forests and over ridgelines, offering sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain.

Sonoma Valley Regional Park - This tranquil park in Glen Ellen features a paved, 1.2-mile trail that follows a seasonal creek and is lined with moss-draped oak trees. The trail is mostly flat with a few slight inclines. Several dirt trails ascend the surrounding ridgelines.

Here are a few cycling adventures for beginning, intermediate and advanced riders. These rides take you past classic Sonoma County sights - vineyards, forests, the Russian River, the Sonoma Coast - and let you explore local communities. The routes may be combined, extended or truncated to match your skills and interests.

Rails to Trails - Easy

This 28-mile out and back takes you from Santa Rosa to Forestville via the Joe Rodota and West County trails. Built on land that was once a regional railway, these paved, off-street trails connect Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Forestville.

The Joe Rodota trail starts at the pedestrian/bicycle bridge intersection with Santa Rosa's Prince Memorial Greenway (between West Third Street and Railroad Street.) The trail runs parallel to Highway 12 with views of farms, ranches and distant hillsides. It ends in Sebastopol, where you will pick up the West County Trail and ride to Forestville, taking in views of orchards and vineyards. You can pull off in Graton or Forestville for lunch at a local cafe before heading back to Santa Rosa.

Wine Country on the River - Moderate

This moderate ride takes you through 20 miles of iconic Wine Country and Russian River scenery. Allow three to four hours of riding time if you're an experienced rider, more if you're a weekend warrior. Begin your adventure at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach on the Russian River with a view of the historic Healdsburg Bridge. Cross the bridge to Front Street and make your way through town to Mill Street/Westside Road. Although the road is a bit bumpy and narrow at the beginning, it soon widens and provides a smooth ride with sweeping valley views. After a few miles, the road turns right and begins to wind through farms and becomes more heavily forested as you approach Wohler Road. 

Turn left onto Wohler Road and cross the historic Wohler Bridge, built in 1921. Head south on Wohler Road and bear left at the intersection with Eastside Road. Stop in at Riverfront Regional Park for a break in the majestic redwood grove. Complete the loop by continuing north on Eastside Road to Old Redwood Highway, which will lead you back to Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach. If it is a warm summer day, you can cool off with a swim in the river.  

The Redwoods and Coast - Difficult

This ride showcases coastal views and the small towns and forests of western Sonoma County. The route is roughly 31 miles, with an optional 10 mile roundtrip extension to Doran Regional Park.

Start your day in the town of Occidental. You may leave your car at the Occidental Community Center parking lot. Head down Main Street and turn right onto Coleman Valley Road, which is well known in the cycling community for the steep eastbound climb featured in several cycling events. Although this itinerary takes the “easy” direction, be prepared to climb. The road ascends from Occidental, drops into Coleman Valley, and then it’s back up to the summit. After the summit, Coleman Valley Road offers breathtaking views and a long, technical descent to the ocean with little vehicle traffic.

Turn north when you reach Highway 1 and make your way to the Russian River estuary. Most of this section is relatively level, with a small climb as you approach the river. Take advantage of the great views with a lunch stop along the highway. Turn inland onto River Road/Highway 116, where you will continue for several miles over rolling terrain. The road is quickly enveloped by forests and provides a shady ride to the junction with Bohemian Highway. In Monte Rio, take the winding Bohemian Highway south through the redwoods. Along the way you will pass former logging enclaves on gentle terrain until you begin the gradual climb to Occidental for the last several miles.

You may extend your trip with a short out and back to Doran Regional Park, a sandy 2-mile spit of land that forms the southern boundary of Bodega Bay. Doran Beach includes a campground, picnic areas, restrooms and showers.  

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