Palo Alto Cycling & Biking TrailsA beautiful, cycle-friendly city, Palo Alto boasts miles of biking trails, paths and regional loops that extend to San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast.One of most popular cycling spots in Palo Alto is the Embarcadero Bike Path, a well-lit cycling path connecting the north and south and neighboring cities of Mountain View and Menlo Park. Explore nature and bike through the Baylands Nature Preserve, with 15 miles of trails across 1,940 acres of marshlands. A pristine sanctuary for wildlife and 100 species of birds, the preserve is an idyllic place for biking, kayaking, canoeing and enjoying a picnic. Palo Alto also offers many bike rental companies and shops around town where you can get trail maps and gear.
Trek along 10 miles of biking trails at Pearson-Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto. Check out California wildlife as you wind through oak woodlands, ponds and hills. If you want to venture out of Palo Alto, ride the 45-mile Coast Loop, which starts 2 blocks from Stanford University to the coastal town of San Gregorio. Ride through Portola Valley to the coast, then loop back through nature preserves to Palo Alto. For a challenging biking adventure, ride the 33-mile Ring of Fire climbing to 2,840 feet in the Los Altos Hills. Steep climbs and hairpin turns challenge riders on this breathtaking bike loop with scenic overlooks and stunning views of the valley.