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Updated: Jan 30


How to Get Here Without a Car--A Quick and Ambitious

Sierra Bike Tour

Written by Carl Baker, Motherlode Bicycle Coalition


We recently had a guest visit through https://www.warmshowers.org on a quick bike trip

to the Sierra. He did many more miles than I do in a day and climbed a

ton in four days on his credit card tour.


Brian lives in San Francisco and doesn't own a car, so he made effective

use of transit on his way. He took BART to Dublin and followed

Tesla/Corral Hollow Road to Tracy, crossing the San Joaquin River at

Durhams Ferry. I haven't ridden most of his zigzag across the San

Joaquin Valley, but I've always thought of Caswell Memorial State Park

as a stop there. I also might have taken River Road to Oakdale.


I particularly admire his courageous use of the Salt Springs Valley, but

I would have avoided SR 4 from Hunt Road to Avery. That would require

some serious zigging via Pool Station, Calaveritas Road, Michel Road,

Mtn. Ranch/Sheep Ranch, and Avery Sheep Ranch, but after Avery, SR 4 is

pretty nice.


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The point here is not to quibble on his route choices but to point out

how he minimized urban riding and slogging through the suburbs to get

out on the road. BART to Dublin is fairly obvious, but his trip home was

downright smart. This trip was during 100 degree August weather, so he

didn't want to have to ride in the afternoon into a headwind across the

valley to get back to BART.


His solution was the”https://www.amtrak.com/san-joaquins-train">Amtrak San Joaquins</a> route from Modesto to Richmond and then back to the City via BART.


There have been a couple times I've been ready to ride to Dublin BART

with an overnight at Caswell only to have circumstances change and have

to cancel in favor of driving. A ride to Modesto or Stockton with train

rides to the City would cut out half the miles and the need for camping

equipment which significantly changes the ride/drive calculation.


There's also the ACE train from Stockton, Manteca, or Tracy to the East

and South Bay, but it's commuter service only. The early departure time

is prohibitive for riding from the foothills, but could work after an

overnight stay in the valley.


Overall, Brian got in a pretty smart trip including eastern Alameda

County, the valley, foothills, Pacific Grade Summit, Ebbetts Pass,

Monitor Pass, and Sonora Pass in four days.


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Tuolumne County: Jamestown-Columbia-Sonora Loop



Tuolumne County offers several top contenders for bicycle tourism – perhaps the most of any County within the study area. The proximity of the three communities of Jamestown, Columbia, and Sonora makes this an combined showcase area, with roughly 15 miles separating the three if ridden in a loop. For bicycle-minded visitors headed to Yosemite National Park, this area would be an additional cycling destination that can also offer alternative lodging to the often sold-out lodging within Yosemite Valley. Looking ahead to interregional connectivity, this focus area is also centered between Murphys and Knights Ferry, with roughly 20 miles separating each destination from the Jamestown area


We want your feedback!


Please review your county’s showcase area and tell us what you think!


Are these the popular bike routes you like to ride currently?

What bike destinations or routes would you like to visit/ride to in the future?

Do you have Safety concerns within any Showcase Area?

Do you have any ideas for supportive amenities (signage, repair services, bike racks, etc) that would encourage bike riding in the Showcase Areas

Send comments to rob@calbike.com