Low-lying vineyards meet beautiful foothills in the busy Tri-Valley.
Home to the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, Sam Ramon, and Danville — and spread between the Amador, San Ramon, and Livermore Valleys — this bustling region sees more than 300 days of sunshine a year and abuts beautiful greenspaces, vineyards, and foothills.
Roadies seek bragging rights on the 3,500-foot climb to the summit of iconic Mount Diablo, where the views on clear days reach all the way to Lassen Peak and Yosemite’s Half Dome. Down low, various pathways connect urban hotspots: take the flat Iron Horse Trail from Pleasanton to Concord or loop a dozen miles around Pleasanton (wine country meets lakeside vistas).
Whether you’re on a mountain bike or a gravel bike, the shade-free (but beautiful) Lake Del Valle climb is a beast, with 15-plus-percent grades in places and a look down to the vineyards of Livermore. Though much of the mountain biking in the East Bay is on steep fire roads, you can find great singletrack at 500-acre Joaquin Miller Park, where trails pass through redwood groves, stands of oak, and lush meadows. Itching for a climb? The rocky fire roads of Tilden and Wildcat look over all of San Francisco.
Gravel riders who appreciate elevation will be in hog heaven here. Try Lake Chabot Regional Park (oak-dotted hillsides), Reinhardt-Redwood Regional Park (big trees just a few miles from Oakland), or Anthony Chabot Regional Park (open grasslands and shady forests).
The Tri-Valley isn’t a hub for organized rides or races, but it’s so close to the Bay Area that you’ll be spoiled for choice.