Redwoods to San Francisco
May 20-24, 2018
Climate Ride California is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California's historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles - the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.
On the California ride, you’ll experience epic biking, amazing scenery, and dynamic speakers that all combine to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun. There are five days of riding and each one is a new adventure. You’ll pedal under towering redwoods along Humboldt’s Avenue of the Giants, climb the infamous Leggett Hill on your way to spend two full days on California’s rugged North Coast, including a stop at the historic Point Arena Lighthouse, then take a spin through verdant wine country vineyards on your way to the City by the Bay - San Francisco. Each evening, our speaker series will provide information, opinion, and discussion on topics such as renewable energy, climate science, and bicycle infrastructure.
Our professional Climate Ride volunteer staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 40-60 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included when you reach the fundraising commitment. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable.
|Trip Dates:||May 20-24, 2018|
|Start Location:||Fortuna, CA|
|End Location:||San Francisco, CA|
|Fundraising Commitment:||$3,000 minimum|
|Trip Length:||5 days|
|Total Mileage:||292 to 327, with multiple daily mileage options|
|Average Daily Mileage:||65|
|Accommodations:||Campgrounds, Summer Camps (Hotel options available for every night at additional expense - please request the hotel list)|
|Maximum Group Size:||150|
|$500 to be raised by:||March 30, 2018|
|$1500 to be raised by:||April 20, 2018|
|$3000 to be raised by:||May 11, 2018|
April 27, 2018
Note: If you'd like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don't worry, we're here to help you get up to speed!
Day 1 – 61 Miles
Climate Ride's Pacific adventure begins in the heart of Northern California's Redwood Empire. We pedal south from ‘The Friendly City' Fortuna and turn our tires toward the towering redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Once in the park, we ride past the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world and eat a picnic lunch in their massive shadows. After lunch, we pass through several small northern California towns that once boomed in the heyday of the Northwest's logging era. Tonight we camp nestled under a soaring canopy of hundred-foot tall redwoods.
Day 2 – 66 Miles
This morning brings more redwoods and stunning vistas of the surrounding Northern California countryside before we tackle the famous Leggett Hill, with a stout climb of 1400 feet. Once at the top, we catch the views before descending through manzanitas and moss-covered oaks to the spectacular coastline, dotted with sea stacks and sparkling azure lagoons. We continue along the rugged ribbon of Highway 1 to the coastal town of Ft. Bragg, where an afternoon beverage and tasty treats await. A few more quick miles and we arrive at our campsite for the evening, still within earshot of crashing waves.
Day 3 – 65 Miles or 100 Miles
All day today, we wind along one of the most remote stretches of seaside highway in California. Small twists and turns in the road give way to dramatic vistas of the seemingly endless Pacific, with windswept beaches and twisted Cypress trees. We pedal past the scenic lighthouse at Point Arena and historic Fort Ross, through tiny seacoast villages, before turning inland at the mouth of the mighty Russian River where our camp for the night awaits.
If 65 miles is enough for you, you can hop in our shuttle at Stewarts Point and get a lift to camp. But if 100 miles is more your style, this is your day to go for a century! You choose which option is best for you.
Day 4 – 60 Miles
After two days along the coast, we head east to enjoy a taste of California's world-renowned wine country. We depart Duncans Mills and ride inland as the redwoods thin out and wineries become more plentiful. Stop in for a tasting, or visit the charming, quaint town of Guerneville and with its boutiques and cafes. In the afternoon, we head back toward the coast over rolling hills to Tomales Bay, where quiet roads wind along the idyllic bay past oyster beds and seafood shacks. Our day ends at our campground home for the night, near Point Reyes Station.
Day 5 – ~40 Miles
We begin our last day with a hearty camp breakfast before making our way back to civilization. We pedal along the coast through the seaside town of Stinson Beach, before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Here we will celebrate our successful ride, and our contribution in helping our beneficiaries work toward sustainability, green innovation, and renewable energy.
This trip is primarily a camping trip but hotel options are available.
Amenities in camp include hot showers, a first-aid station with 24/7 ice, a merchandise table, clean restrooms, massage (extra charge), and a great spot to set up your tent. Three of the camps on this ride have general stores with supplies, and several have laundry facilities.
All dietary restrictions will be accommodated on this trip by our staff and caterers. There will be a variety of hot breakfasts, picnic lunches, hearty dinners and plenty of snacks in between to fuel you for multiple days of riding.
On Climate Ride California, camp becomes a traveling village and dynamic community. Each evening after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, roundtable discussions, and other events. Camping in California doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!
The Ride Start
Climate Ride California North Coast begins in Fortuna, CA on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9 am. Please arrive in Fortuna ready to ride and with your luggage. If you plan to arrive on the morning of the ride start, please arrive no later than 8 am to check-in and register. Early Registration and bike drop-off will also be open from 4 pm to 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 19, at the Riverwalk Campground – the ride start location.
The majority of Climate Riders sign up to take the Climate Ride Shuttle from San Francisco to Fortuna the day before the ride start. Please keep reading below for more information about this option.
The Climate Ride Shuttle from San Francisco to Fortuna
A special Climate Ride Shuttle will be available from San Francisco to Fortuna on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The shuttle is a safe and efficient way to transport you, your luggage, and your bicycle to the ride start, it will also include lunch on the way up, dinner and camping the night before the ride starts, and breakfast the morning of the ride. Fortuna is about a 5-6-hour drive north of San Francisco and isn’t serviced by many transportation options, so this shuttle is probably your best bet to get to the ride start unless a friend or family member is willing to drive you. Information on booking the shuttle at an additional cost will be made available to you once registered.
After the Ride in San Francisco
Climate Ride will end in San Francisco at approximately 5 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018. There, we’ll celebrate the end of the ride with a group photo, before packing up our luggage/gear and departing. We recommend not making flight arrangements from SFO before 8 pm.
Transporting Your Bike
If you are traveling to the ride with Amtrak, you may be able to bring your bike onboard! Learn more here.
More information on traveling with your bike or where to rent a bike for this event will be made available once registered.