Sea Ranch Bike Riding a Favorite Summer Activity
Sea Ranch bike riding is one of summertime’s best activities in Sea Ranch. While everyone in the valley is scorching in triple-digit heat, you leisurely peddle along the meadows and tree-lined trails greeting deer and wild turkeys along the way. For that reason, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than by bike riding in Sea Ranch.
But what will you do if you can’t bring your own bikes with you to Abalone Bay?
No Worries – Sea Ranch Rentals Has You Covered
Renting Specialized Expedition bikes from Sea Ranch Bicycle Rentals located in Sea Ranch Supply makes it easy peasy. Owners Chris and Stacy Aitchison will be happy to help. Further, you can now rent bikes all year long. Just call Sea Ranch Supply at 707-785-2366. Or visit their store at 35550 Verdant View (located at the end of the road).
Their rate is $40 a day for a 24 hour period. Hourly rates are not available.
Remember, Sea Ranch Bikes’ “fleet” of bikes isn’t huge, so reserve yours as soon as you can. They deliver and pick up directly to Abalone Bay!
Not only does Specialized Expedition Bikes offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with Specialized’s Ground Control geometry for an easy, upright body position, it also offers a smooth ride thanks to the cushy suspension fork. Furthermore, its a lightweight aluminum frame, 7-speed Shimano shifter and a comfy spring-mounted seat makes each ride a dream. Each bike comes with a helmet and a cable lock. Handlebar-mounted baskets are available.
Indeed, with your Expedition Bike in hand, your helmet on your head you will be set to for bike riding in Sea Ranch’s beautiful, and famous stretch of coastline.
Sea Ranch Bike Usage
Before you start off on your bike ride, whether you are riding your personal bike or those of Sea Ranch Rentals, first check The Sea Ranch Trails Map for bike routes. Remember to remain on the marked bike trails. And don’t forget to bring along your Sea Ranch ID card or guest pass when using the private trails.
Below are the notes from the 2018 Sea Ranch Trails Map. Abalone Bay includes trail maps for their guests. Otherwise, you may purchase a Trail May from The Sea Ranch Association Office located at 975 Annapolis Rd, Sea Ranch, CA 95497. Their office is opened Tuesday-Saturday 8:30-5:00.
West of Highway 1
It is possible to ride from one end of The Sea Ranch to the other utilizing the streets and unpaved bike links. The majority of the meadow trails west of Highway 1 are open to bicyclists, however, the Bluff Trail, all bluff access trails from paved roads, the public access trails, hedgerow trails and Monarch Glen Interpretive Trails are closed to bicyclists.
East of Highway 1
There are a number of trails available for those interested in mountain biking. These trails include the Big Tree (Posts 115 to 123). Cluster, Long Meadow, the connector between Posts 113 and 263. Ridge, Skid Road, Spring Meadow and Tank Road Trails. All other trails are closed to bicycling, primarily for safety reasons.
Sea Ranch Bike Riding with a Dose of History
We especially recommend you explore Sea Ranch history by bike. The Sea Ranch Association marked 25 historical sites with information posts. A QR (quick read) Code app on your smartphone makes reading about Sea Ranch’s history particularly easy (download from iTunes). Simply check each post’s QR code marker for even more detailed background on the site.
The Sea Ranch bike riding roads are uniformly smooth and wide, with well-signed connecting paths that, naturally, lets you bike for miles without leaving the serenity and safety of the Ranch. Occasionally, though, you may encounter a bit congestion such as few smiling trekkers, a family of deer grazing along the roadside, or a covey of quail scurrying across the intersection as the flock of wild turkeys call to you wishing you a grand holiday!
Sea Ranch Bike Riding Rules
Sea Ranch Bicycle Rentals do have a few caveats for bike riding in Sea Ranch:
- Riding on the ocean bluff trail or on any trail leading to the ocean bluff causes erosion. Ride only on designated trails showing a bike icon.
- Sea Ranch Rental Bicycles are not allowed on Highway One.