Top Marin Bike Rides:

Muir Woods Loop
Stinson Beach Loop
Alpine Dam Loop
Lucas Valley Loop
Marin Headlands Loop
Pt. Reyes Limantour Loop
Pt. Reyes Station Loop
Mt. Tam MTB Loop


Alpine Dam Stats

Total Elevation:
3,282 feet

Distance:
34.2 miles

Approximate Time:
3 hours 30 minutes


View of Alpine Dam on the Alpine Dam Loop Bike Ride

Alpine Dam Loop

Alpine Dam Loop Bicycle ride in Marin County, CA

Alpine Dam Loop offers one of the most scenic rides in all of Marin. Meandering your way through some of Marin County’s most quaint towns (Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross, etc), on your way to some of the most fantastic climbs and epic scenery in southern Marin, the treasures and rewards of this ride are second to none.  Riding this loop in a counter clockwise fashion will provide for a ride filled with majestic views, great climbs & descents, and most importantly a safe finish down Highway 1. We do not recommend riding up Route 1 for any of our rides. 

Directions  

Beginning at Studio Velo and head south on Miller Ave.  At the light make a left onto Camino Alto and head straight over Camino Alto Grade.  Descend down and continue through the towns of Corte Madera, San Anselmo and Fairfax.  As you enter into Fairfax, once downtown make a left onto Bolinas Fairfax Road.  Now stay the course and begin to wind your way up, past the golf course and summit out before beginning a roller coaster descent into Alpine Dam.  When you reach the dam this is a great spot to eat a nutritional and have a swig of water.  Continue on over the dam and up into the redwoods.  When you reach a fork in the road bear to the left and through the gate into the Mt Tam area.  Now begins the final climb of the day up the Sisters to Rock Springs.  Enjoy the beautiful coastal views while hang-gliders fly overhead.  Once you reach the Rock Springs parking lot make a right and descend down to Pantoll station.  At the stop sign make a left and continue descending down to the Four Corners area.  Continue straight through the intersection and after a quick incline the final descent begins down Shoreline Highway.  After a few more miles of fun the base flattens out to Tam Junction where you will make a left at the stoplight onto Almonte Boulevard. Continue down Almonte Boulevard to Miller Avenue and the ride finishes at Studio Velo.