Friday, August 15, 2014
The 5 Best Views of the Bay Area by Bike
By Leif Haven
on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM
It wasn't easy, given my time constraints (deadline) and tired legs, but it was satisfying nonetheless.
So here it is, the five most scenic bike routes that embraces both brawn and beauty.
5. Hawk Hill
While this is only called a hill, the climb is nothing to take lightly. If you’ve never really gotten out of the city on your bike, you’re missing out on a rewarding climb up to an impressive view of both San Francisco and the Bay. Hawk Hill
is 923 feet high, just as high or higher than many of the other buena vistas. Don’t let the name fool you. It’ll get your pulse up. For better or for worse, the most dangerous part of this ride is the tourist-packed bridge. Hawk Hill is often stuck in the middle of the clouds — hence the fog laden portrait — otherwise, we might have ranked it higher. Go late in the day to maximize your chances of seeing the city, or early in the day to reduce the number of tourists you'll have to dodge.
Maybe it's because I'm from the flatlands of the flyover states, but I tend to gravitate toward the hills anytime I ride. So this week I decided to incorporate some breath-taking beauty into those hellish hills and pedal some of the toughest climbs in the Bay Area.
About The Author
Leif Haven is a writer and cyclist living in the Bay Area. He can be spotted dragging himself up a hill — literally and metaphorically.