THE MCC: MARIN COUNTY COASTAL
Total Elevation: 3,745 feet
The Marin County Coastal Ride, or The MCC, is the quintessential Mt. Tam and coastal mixed terrain rude. Unlock the areas full potential with a gravel bike by climbing on the dirt and descending on the road. While ascending the gentle climb up Mt. Tam on Railroad Grade, you will enjoy huge views to the south of Mill Valley and the Bay. After a smooth, curvy, and fun road descent into Stinson Beach, you will ride one of the best stretches of the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway between Stinson and Muir Beach. Just before Muir, you will climb back up the mountain on Coastal Trail, which treats all visitors to sweeping views of the Ocean along the entire trail. To conclude the ride, enjoy Marin's classic descend of Tam down Panoramic Highway back into Mill Valley.
From Studio Velo, take W Blithedale out of downtown. Climb on Old Railroad Grade and continue on Railroad Grade Fire Rd Climb Railroad up to the West Point Inn and then take Stagecoach Fire Rd. down to Pantol ranger station. From there, hop on the pavement and take Panoramic Hwy down to Stinson Beach. This starts in the trees, with some tighter turns, and then opens up half way down, with some amazing vistas of the beach and the Bolinas Lagoon. Be careful of decreasing radius turns, and wet corners under the shaded top part of the descent.
At the bottom of the descent, you take a left and continue along the rolling and beautiful Highway One towards Muir Beach. Just before town, take a left onto Coastal Trail to climb back up Tam. Continue on Deer Park Fire Rd back to Pantol. From the ranger station, descend Panoramic back to Four Corners, where you will take a left onto Edgewood Ave. Take a few turns down to Old Mill Park and then turn right onto Throckmorton to return to Studio Velo in downtown Mill Valley.
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