Sacred Rides took great care of our group during the trip. The scenery, trails and people along the way created memories for the rest of my life. National Geographic’s Adventure magazine rated Sacred Rides number 1 for a reason. Mark Baeder, our guide, was friendly, full of energy, and always willing to go back out for more. Drew Rohde, Decline Magazine
 

Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

Get Lost. And lose yourself on sublime singletrack along Northern California’s most rugged and deserted coastline.  Breathe deep and let your cares fall away among the world’s oldest and tallest Redwood trees.

Starting in the quirky coastal town of Arcata, let your hair down as we sample some of the wild trails and unmatched natural beauty the north coast has to offer. Leave your cares behind as we head down to the Great Lost Coast, an area so rugged, the iconic Highway 1, which travels the coast from Canada to Mexico, was forced inland, leaving behind a slice of untouched coastal paradise for the exploration of the hardy few who make the trek to the remote outposts that dot the coastline.  

Here we’ll ride purpose built mountain biking trails, and hike desolate black sand beaches.  Stop and take a moment to savor the fresh coastal breeze on your face and realize that little has changed here since explorers first came upon the same shores. Inland, we’ll stand in awe of some of the oldest and tallest Redwood trees in the world. 

Check out "Exploring California's Lost Coast", EnRoute Magazine June 2013

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You live for epic singletrack, spectacular coastal views and lush old-growth forest. You love fast, flowy trails, but don't mind the odd technical bit: roots and/or rocks, small obstacles such as 6" high logs, and the like. You're up for challenging yourself, within safe limits and under the guidance of expert guides.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    6/9

    Level 6/Intermediate Advanced

    • You are confident in your climbing and descending skills.
    • You can handle moderately technical terrain and obstacles such as small logs (up to 4" high) and rocks.
    • You have very good control of your bike on intermediate and slightly more advanced terrain, and are comfortable climbing non-technical singletrack.

    Level 6/Intermediate Advanced

    • You are confident in your climbing and descending skills.
    • You can handle moderately technical terrain and obstacles such as small logs (up to 4" high) and rocks.
    • You have very good control of your bike on intermediate and slightly more advanced terrain, and are comfortable climbing non-technical singletrack.
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,395 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $479 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    8 days
  • DATES

    May-OctoberSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • Travel Concierge

Check out our Peace of Mind Policies

Day 1. Arrive in Arcata

After meeting your guides at the airport, we'll check into our hotel and head out for a welcome drink at the local wine bar in downtown Arcata, the hip northern outpost on our adventure.

Day 2. Arcata

After a hearty breakfast, we get our bikes built and spend an hour warming up with some skills drills. We'll then hit the local trails, including some goodies around Willow Creek and the Tish Tang trail.  The handbuilt redwood singletrack never disappoints! For lunch break, we can take a quick dip in the river and continue riding, or eat afterwards in Willow Creek. Into the evening, riders have the option of more riding in Community Forest, or exploring downtown before a historic Western dinner– lumber camp style!

Distance: 14.5 mi | Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft | Optional afternoon ride 5-10 miles and 1-2,000 ft

Day 3. Redwood Empire

This morning we head off the beaten path, deep into Redwood Country, to find one of the wildest singletrack descents on the trip. After a smooth climb deep into the forest, we'll eat lunch on top of the ridgeline, soaking in the views, before starting our ripping descent down Tish Tang and Bushwacker. If you aren’t hoarse from the hoots and hollers on the way down, we grab a couple extra shuttle runs of the lower portions before a riverside dip.  En route back to town, we'll take a tour of the famous Avenue of the Giants– home of some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. Afterwards, we'll have time to explore the small town of Myers Flat before sitting down for dinner.

Distance: 15 mi | Elevation Gain: 3,037 ft | Optional shuttle run adds 1,000 plus ft of descent per lap

Day 4. The Great Lost Coast

Today we'll pack the van and hit the road for the Great Lost Coast– the stretch of California's coastline deemed to be too steep for major highway development during the 1930's construction of Highway 1. This beautifully secluded area is where we'll ride some of the flowiest singletrack in the country on IMBA's Paradise Royal Trail. After feasting our eyes on the view and taking care of our rumbling stomachs we can session the skills park, before riding down to the famous Black Sand Beach to toast the day's riding with an ice cold beer. In the evening riders will be free to explore Shelter Cove, or soak in the hot tub, cool beverage in hand.

Distance: 13.6 mi | Elevation Gain: 2,941 ft | Optional 3.5 mile redwood hike addition

Day 5. Paradise Lost

After breakfast, riders will get to choose between riding Paradise Royal once more (it's really that good!) and the nearby skills park, or taking part in a shuttled hike. Depending on that, we'll stop for a local lunch in Garberville or Shelter Cove. In the afternoon we'll head south for Mendocino, a trip you'll certainly want your camera for!

Distance: 12.4 mi | Elevation Gain: 2,227 ft | Optional trail above, or 6 mile Lost Coast hike | Optional new trail adds 7 miles and 800 ft

Day 6. Mendocino Coast

Today you'll wake up to the smell of fresh, homestyle breakfast, before heading out from our house in Mendocino for an epic tour of the area's classics like Manly Gulch and Big Trees. We'll take a break for a seaside picnic-style lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the scenic bluffs, or if your legs are up for it, going for another lap of the trails. You'll want to save your appetite for tonight, as we eat in one of the best restaurants in town.

Distance: 18.5 mi | Elevation Gain: 2,484 ft | Can lengthen ride to 27.5 miles and 3,700 feet total

Day 7. Mendo Continued

Today we save the best for last, with some of the most fun handbuilt singletrack of the week, including CCN, Parallel Action and Gunslinger. We'll stop for a lunch in Mendocino, and in the afternoon, riders will have the option to peruse the shops in town, or take part in a river kayak. Tonight we'll enjoy our last dinner together, sharing memories from the incredible rides and views of the week.

Distance: 20.8 mi | Elevation Gain: 2,921 ft | Can lengthen this one as well in several increments

Day 8. The Birthplace of Mountain Biking

After a breakfast at the house we'll depart for Marin, where we'll spend the day riding the amazing trails of Tamarancho. In the afternoon, we'll stop for lunch and a brew at the Gestalt House (rated Top 10 Cycling Bars in the World by Outside Magazine), before returning to civilization in San Francisco; saying our goodbyes and parting ways.

Average Distance: 15.31 mi | Average Elevation Gain: 2,591 ft

  • 7 nights accommodation in beautiful bed and breakfasts and hotels
  • 7 days of guided mountain biking in Northern California with experienced, certified guides
  • Healthy, hearty breakfasts, lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Transportation during the trip in our air-conditioned 12-passenger van
  • Admission to national and state parks
  • Full bike repair and maintenance toolset available at all times
  • 2 morning skills sessions with our guides/instructors
  • Chilled microbrews at the end of each day's ride

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Leah Mcleod
Born and raised in Northern California, I've always loved being outdoors. From competitive horseback riding early in life, to hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, I love getting out and exploring nature, especially on our Explorer... The flowy Paradise Royal trail, combined with a scenic Lost Coast hike and finishing with a sunset glass of wine on the beach. It's paradise alright!

Nyal Mellor
I'm originally from England - the land of warm beer, fish n' chips and Steve Peat. I moved to California 4 years ago to enjoy the endless summers, lack of mud and superb mountain biking. Equally at home on epic cross country trails on the...[more] My 'Sacred Ride' would have to be the Big Boulder trail, an infrequently used, narrow ribbon of singletrack that descends 2000 ft through pine trees and best done at warp speeds!

Mark Baeder
Raised in California, I've been guiding with Sacred Rides for the last 3 seasons. I'm the Lead Guide in California, as well as running day trips with Mountain Bike San Francisco. I'm an IMBA Certified Mountain Bike Guide and Skills... It's a tough call between Manly Gulch, a sweet flowy descent, or Paradise Royal, a remote singletrack loop after a fresh rain.
  • The Great Lost Coast Adventure - mountain biking with Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures in northern California
  • Sacred Rides Lost Coast Mountain Bike Adventure in California
Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Searching for Bigfoot
The Great Lost Coast Adventure
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$600.00 USD
Single Room Upgrade$700.00 USD
1-hour post-ride massage$110.00 USD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)$315.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)$325.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)$135.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)$335.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD

Book Your Spot!

To book your spot on this Ride, click on one of the Booking links below to put down your deposit. The deposit is fully refundable for 14 days after booking, giving you 2 weeks to sort out flights, vacation time, etc... and not have someone else take your spot(s)!


All departures are guaranteed to run - we'll never cancel a trip due to low numbers!

And we're so certain that you'll have the experience of a lifetime on this Ride that we back it with our Ride Guarantee!

Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?

2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

2015
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Friday, July 24, 2015 Arcata Airport, 7:45 pm Friday, July 31, 2015 San Francisco Airport, 5 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
Friday, August 7, 2015 Arcata Airport, 7:45 pm Friday, August 14, 2015 San Francisco Airport, 5 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Friday, May 20, 2016 Arcata Airport, 7:45 pm Friday, May 27, 2016 San Francisco Airport, 5 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Friday, July 15, 2016 Arcata Airport, 7:45 pm Friday, July 22, 2016 San Francisco Airport, 5 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Friday, August 19, 2016 Arcata Airport, 7:45 pm Friday, August 26, 2016 San Francisco Airport, 5 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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