Sea Ranch Bike Riding Is a Favorite Activity
Sea Ranch bike riding is one of the best activities in Sea Ranch. In Sea Ranch, you can escape the California valley temperatures rising to scorching triple-digits to leisurely peddle along the meadows cooled by the ocean breezes and tree-lined trails greeting deer and wild turkeys along the way.
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
Owners Chris and Stacy Aitchison will be happy to help. They offer fine biking equipment. Their bikes are well maintained and tuned professionally. 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!
Exercise with Comfort
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 make 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. 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.
Bicycling is allowed on all Sea Ranch roads and many (but not all) of the trails. 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.
In most cases the bike trails coincide with foot trails and horse trails, however for safety reasons, bicycling is not allowed on certain trails (both east and west of Highway One). Bicycling is prohibited anywhere on the Bluff Trail (see Off Road Trail Routes below).
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 and thereby avoid Highway 1. The majority of the meadow trails west of Highway 1 are open to bicyclists, however, the following trails are closed for cycling:
- All portions of the Bluff Trail
- Bluff Access trails from paved roads
- Public Access Trails
- Hedgerow Trails
- Monarch Glen Interpretive Trail
On Road Routes- West of Highway 1
North to South: From Leeward Road (Unit 35E), follow The Sea Ranch roads to the south end of Breaker Reach (Unit 21). At that location, follow the “bicycle link” symbol on the Trails Map to determine a route of both roads and unpaved bicycle links leading all the way to Moonraker Road (Unit 1).
South to North: From Moonraker Road (Unit 1), pick up the bicycle link near the Moonraker Recreation Center. Follow the “bicycle link” symbol on the Trails Map to determine a route of both roads and unpaved bicycle links leading all the way to Breaker Reach (Unit 21). Then follow The Sea Ranch roads to the north end.
East of Highway 1
There are a number of trails available for those interested in mountain biking. These trails include:
- Big Tree (Posts 115 to 123).
- Long Meadow
- the connector between Posts 113 and 263
- Skid Road,
- Spring Meadow
- 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.
Sea Ranch Community Rules and Notes
- Horses have the right of way. When encountering an equestrian, stop and wait for the horse to pass or for the rider to signal you through.
- If you bring a dog along, please make sure it is on a leash.
- Do not ride bicycles on the Bluff Trail.