Why you should ride it: It’s the East Bay’s most versatile, scenic ride
We could have written an entire article (and indeed, there have been a few) detailing the finer points of these legendary roads, which offer great technical rides and stunning vistas. Start with the more mellow Butters Rd ascent for its extremely low traffic flow. From there, you can ride up the Three Bears, Skyline Rd, Pinehurst Rd, or to Joaquin Miller Park. Most folks go up Butters, drop in on Redwood Rd from Skyline Blvd, then climb up Pinehurst and take it all the way around and climb up to Skyline again. Some rides up here are slightly more mellow than others, but remember, you’re riding up mountains. The Bay’s beastly hills are definitely worth riding up, not only for your ass’ sake (you’ll feel it tomorrow), but for the unforgettable views as well.