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Redondo Beach Trail

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

A very easy, very scenic beginner ride that you can take your mom on. From the parking lot at Redondo Beach Road, flee northward from the hulking monstrosity that is the Ritz and follow the coast. You'll be biking flattish, easy singletrack all the way north to HMB Harbor. As time goes by, the trail keeps getting paved sections added to it from the north. You can avoid the paved sections (legally, near as I can tell) by riding the existing singletrack along the cliff's edge. Tired riders can stay on the paved sections. Sunset, waves crashing below, blah blah blah. Bring a date if you can get one. This trail becomes a lot more fun when it's nice and muddy. And there are a few fairly decent triple jumps hidden in the trees in the middle of the ride.
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Latitude
37.43917329998358
Longitude
-122.44286298751831
Trail Directions
Hiway 1 south of Half Moon Bay, immediately north of the Ritz-Carlton, turn west on Redondo Beach Road, follow to end. Park before going over cliff into ocean.
Trail Length
8 miles each way
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Half Moon Bay
Zip/Postal Code
94020
Country
USA
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: White Cleats ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As has been said, this is a gorgeous, scenic trail that is appropriate for new or unfit riders. It was great fun for my 65 year old mom and her partially disabled best friend.

As you begin from Redondo Beach road, you'll see that most of this trail is really a spider web of single track. It winds through coastal prairie land and there is not wrong way to navigate it -- you just pick your track and make your way north. I've ridden this a few times now and I never seem to return the same way. [Incidentally, this is what I'd call 'safe' single track. You can practice your lines and balance without fear of falling over a precipice, as is the case with most single track.] Another nice thing about this place is the tracks can range from 2 feet from the cliff's edge to 20 feet away to even further. This is nice if you're uncomfortable with heights, especially as the winds can really gust.


You'll pass by a school at about the 3/4 mile mark. There are port-a-potties here but no water that I've seen.

At about 2 miles you'll reach the main beach access and a large parking lot. More port-a-potties. [Another aside, this is the safest parking lot in terms of your stuff. The turn out at the end of Redondo Beach road is so isolated that would-be vandals would have no qualms about breaking into your car.]

After this point the paved section picks up, but you can still ride on the single track on either side of it.

Final thoughts:
-- Lots of dogs. Many off leash. If you don't like free range dogs, this place won't suit you. Also, lots of dog poo. I rolled through it once and with a nice head wind, got to enjoy its fragrance all the way back to my car.
-- Bring your camera! Fantastic views especially at sunset.
-- Bring a bike lock so that you can tie up and hit the beach!


P.S. I only gave this place a 2 for technical difficulty because through the eyes of my mom, the ruts and bumps and narrowness of the single track caused her to pay good attention. For most people, it would be a 1. If you're really new or have some injuries, it might be more. It's all about perspective.

Recommended Route:
There isn't one. Just pick a line and head north. You can't get lost, you might roll off a cliff, but not lost.



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Review Date
January 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: AWDfreak ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is just a paved trail w/ a single track on the side, near the cliffs. There are some spots where the sand gets loose, but that just makes it more fun. It's a safe, yet fun trail. There are corners, but they're not complicated. I've only ridden on the northern part of the trail. It's fun, but I recommend you stay away from the pavement, leave that area to the road bikes.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the singletrack near the cliffs. Since it's at the beach, it's relaxing and fun. Just make sure you inspect your drivetrain and cables before coming here, I came w/ an unprepared drivetrain. Plus, equip some loose-surface tires.

Oh, if you want, you can ride near the water, where the sand is visibly wet. It makes you look crazy, but it's fun! The only way to fully enjoy this trail, is to get your bike in tip-top condition.



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Review Date
July 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Rockjock ,  Racer

Summary:
This Trail is fun and flows well. there are a number of variations and you can use it as a warm up for any number of trails in the hills. The jumps need a bit of work but for the most part they are good for a bit of air.

Recommended Route:
Start from the ritz and head north along the coast (get as close to the edge as possible) and follow these intertwinnig trails back and forth until you are ready to head up into the hills. Don't bother with the pavement unless you want to follow it all the way north to montara.



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Review Date
June 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: neogeo64 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail for leasure riding. First half is dirt single track through beautiful beach wildlife and along a coastal ledge. Second half is paved walkway along beach with the option of single track dirt along the edge. I find myself stopping every mile or so to take in the sites, If you like the ocean this your trail!

Recommended Route:
Take 101 South from Halfmoon Bay and make a right turn on Rendondo Beach, go to the end and park. Trail starts on the right side. a little over 8 miles round trip.



Comments
White Cleats (06/01/2008)
Since I forgot to mention this in my review... You can also access the trail from Poplar road. This is the large parking lot where the equestrians park. It is behind a gate, so I'd watch being there after dark as I have no idea if rangers lock it up at night. Poplar road isn't but a mile or so from Redondo Beach road. Either way, easy car access.
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Review Date
September 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: HMBkonastuff04 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
this is a pretty good one. i frequent it and like ghost riding. some of the jumps are seriouly lacking lips. if u have an old hotrock or something, ghost ride it over the ones in the feild. CAUTION: occasionly the soil is very deterioated, and u catch only a few inches of air, and u get slammed into the vertical face of the landing.

Recommended Route:
start at the car park. head north, there is a secluded left turn off after about 1 - 1 1/2 miles to the left take it. ride PAST all the jumps first to check soil quality, and for paintballers. THEN ride them and get some speed. once u r done jumping, head east to the junction at the end of the trees, and turn left. this takes u out to a road, go down till u hit ocean and go to the carpark

Other recommended trails in the same area:
montara mountian



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