Popular Rides from Petaluma
Here are some of our favorite rides from Petaluma, all beginning from the corner of Petaluma Blvd. and "B" Street. The links are to maps drawn on www.bikely.com. (NOTE: Bikely.com seems to be having trouble with server overload. If a link doesn't work, try again at another time of day. We're looking into using different route software if bikely can't fix their problems. Sorry for the inconvenience.) To obtain a route slip: After you click on a ride below, click on "Show" in the upper left hand corner and select "Cue Sheet" from the drop-down list. In addition to a route slip, we recommend consulting a good cycling map, such as the one put out by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, or the Krebs Wine Country Cycling map. Have fun!
10-25 miles, small to moderate hills
Carrie's Beginner 15-Mile Loop (Great beginner route, a couple of little hills included)
I St. Loop 10 miles of scenic countryside. Best ridden on weekends or after the morning commute is over since many cars use the "I" Street Extension in the early morning to get to the freeway.
- Chileno Valley-Spring Hill Loop A classic. Beautiful in either direction. Around 28 miles. You can also opt to turn around anywhere along Chileno Valley Rd. and head back to town, making it a ride of any distance you like. Watch out for the increasingly numerous potholes on Spring Hill Rd.
- Wilson Hill Loop Intermediate. A couple of good climbs in 20 miles, and a nice winding descent back to town on newly paved "D" Street. Good in either direction.
25-50 miles, moderate to steep hills
Our Tomales Loop A Wheelmen staple. About 46 miles with an awesome bakery stop. We do this at least once a week, in every season. There are ways to make it longer & steeper (can take Wilson Hill/Marshall Wall to Hwy 1) or shorter and flatter (just take Bodega to Tomales Road both ways); consult a bike map to see all your options. Note that the Tomales Bakery is only open Thursday through Sunday.
Freestone Loop Another popular bakery ride, also about 46 miles. The clockwise loop provided is preferable on a Sunday, since you'll be going in the opposite direction of the RVs returning from the coast. Other days, you might prefer the counter-clockwise loop, and get your climbing out of the way on the way to the bakery! Recommended for more experienced cyclists: Burnside Rd. is steep in some spots, and there is some fast traffic on the short section of Bodega Hwy. Nevertheless a spectacular ride, with great views of Mt. St. Helena from the top of Burnside Road. This ride can be made almost completely flat by just taking Bodega - Valley Ford Rd. both ways. Note that Wild Flour Bread in Freestone is only open Friday through Monday.
Over 50 miles, for experienced cyclists
Petaluma - Occidental Loop
This is a beautiful metric century (around 63 miles) taking you through Sebastopol, Occidental, and then through some coastal hills and home through the idyllic farmland of Chileno Valley. Covers some of the same area as the Freestone Loop above but more climbing and about 13 more miles. Your best stop is Howards Cafe
if the Union Hotel Bakery
is not open.