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Beyond the East Bay: Annadel (via Spring Lake Regional Park)

bikersDespite being on the outskirts of the Bay Area, Annadel is an incredible place to ride. You can’t beat it for the plethora of singletrack and fast challenging fire road, not to mention beautiful scenery and only moderate usage. 

Here’s a medium-advanced loop-approx. 14 miles with moderate climbs. Factoring in a few breaks, count on a comfortable 3 hour ride.   

  • Start: To get there take 101 N towards Santa Rosa. Exit 12E towards Sonoma. Turn left onto Farmer’s Lane, right. onto 4th St/CA12 W. Turn right on Mission, left on Montgomery, follow the signs to  Spring Lake County Park.  Park outside the park on the road or support the park and pay the small fee to park in the lot.
  • Follow the path around the lake to Spring Creek Trail 2.2. miles to Lake Ilsanjo.  Enjoy the gradual climb on fire road, under alder, redwood and bay trees
  • Stay right, follow  Canyon trail, .5 miles 
  • L. Marsh Trail 1.6 mi. This trail climbs steadily, a rocky, more technical, wide singletrack.
  • R. Ridge Trail 3.3. mi., windy up and down, well shaded
  • L. on fire road past Ledson Marsh to Marsh Trail again, 1.8 mi. This area is exposed and has some big puddles in winter.
  • R. South Burma Trail 2.1 mi. Enjoy a fast fire road down, moderately technical. Beware, as speed increases on the descent, so do hikers and horses
  • R. North Burma Trail 1.9 mi. Again, a fast, fun fire road.  Lots of fun!
  • L. Channel Dr .3 mi. back to Spring Lake Park.  Cruise back on this level warm-down back to your starting point.