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

 

Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.

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 our expert guides.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    Strong Intermediate 6/9

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • 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

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • 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

Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

Day 1. Arrive in Arcata

After meeting your guides at the Arcata 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’ll build our bikes and spend an hour warming up with some skills drills.

 

We’ll then hit the local singletrack in the community forest to get the riding started. The handbuilt redwood singletrack never disappoints!

 

We’ll ride right back into town for a sit down lunch before heading out for some afternoon shuttled descents on the leafy Tish Tang trail.

 

After a refreshing Creek dip and beer to toast our first day, we’ll shower up and choose our first night’s dinner options.
 

Day 3. Redwood Country

This morning we start our journey South, heading down into giant Redwood country to ride a hidden gem.

 

After a smooth climb up to a ridge of Redwoods, we’ll eat lunch on top of the ridgeline, before starting our ripping descent down Thornton Prairie trail. If you aren’t hoarse from the hoots and hollers on the 2,500 ft descent, the protected Giant Redwood hike afterwards will certainly awe you into silence. If these 2,000 year old trees could speak!

 

En route to our hotel, we’ll take a drive down the famous Avenue of the Giants before checking into our local Bed and Breakfast for the evening. Here, you’ll get a chance to experience a historic saloon or visit a drive through tree.

 

Day 4. The Great Lost Coast

Today, after a delicious breakfast made by our innkeeper, we’ll venture out to the Great Lost Coast – the only stretch of California’s coastline deemed to be too steep for development during the 1930’s construction of coastal Highway 1.

 

This beautifully secluded area is where we’ll have some of the flowiest singletrack in the country on IMBA’s Paradise Royal Trail all to ourselves.

 

Afterwards, we can session the skills park, with 3 different trail loops, before driving down to the famous Black Sand Beach to toast the day’s riding with an ice cold beer.

 

Tonight, we’ll dine al fresco with a cliffside BBQ at our hotel and take in the sunset from the oceanfront deck or hot tub.

 

Day 5. Paradise Lost

This morning, riders will get to choose between riding more of Paradise Royal and it’s newest trail (it’s really that good!), taking a shuttled hike down to the Lost Coast trail, or just sleeping in and taking a rest day.

 

In the afternoon, we’ll head south for Mendocino, a trip you’ll certainly want your camera for!

 

Day 6. Mendocino Coast

Today, you’ll wake up to the smell of a fresh, homestyle breakfast, before heading out from our private house in Mendocino for an epic tour of the area’s classics like Manly Gulch and Big Tree.

 

We’ll take a break for a seaside picnic-style lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the scenic bluffs and historic coastal town.  If your legs are up for it, we can go for a quick evening lap of the trails.

 

You’ll want to save your appetite for tonight, as we eat in one of the best restaurants in town.

 

Day 7. Mendo Continued

Today, we save the best for last, with some of the most fun handbuilt singletrack of the week, including Caspar Crossing North, Ride Through Tree and Gunslinger.

 

We’ll stop for a lunch in Mendocino, and in the afternoon, riders often opt for a relaxing free afternoon to nap and hot tub, or we can take an optional river kayak to look for wildlife.

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy our last dinner together, sharing memories from the incredible rides and views of the week.

 

Day 8. The Birthplace of the Mountain Bike

This last morning, we’ll depart for Marin County, the birthplace of the Mountain Bike, where we’ll spend the day riding the private 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), and a visit to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, before saying our goodbyes.

  • 7 nights accommodation in beautiful bed and breakfasts and hotels
  • 7 days of guided mountain biking in Northern California with experienced, certified guides
  • 7 healthy, hearty breakfasts,7 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • 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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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

Other Stuff +

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Adam Smith
Born and raised in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, I grew up wanting to be a professional mountain biker. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Recreation Management/Outdoor Experiential... Riding through the Redwoods in Northern California. Though not one specific trail, anytime I ride through these amazing giants I feel humbled and a deep sense of awe and peace. Come ride...[more]

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

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
2 4 hours 27.2 km 701 m 1615 m 700 m
3 3.5 hours 20.8 km 884 m 884 m 700 m
4 3.5 hours 19.2 km 701 m 701 m 750 m
5 3.5 hours 19.2 km 701 m 701 m 750 m
6 4 hours 25 km 792 m 792 m 260 m
7 3.25 hours 27.36 km 640 m 640 m 260 m
8 3.5 hours 30.4 km 762 m 762 m 400 m
Totals 25.25 hours 169.16 km 5181 m 6095 m 750 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$420.00 USD
Single Room Upgrade$840.00 USD
1-hour post-ride massage$120.00 USD
San Francisco hotel pick-up $60.00 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.

2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Friday, May 20, 2016 Arcata Airport, 6:30 pm Friday, May 27, 2016 San Francisco Airport, 6 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
Friday, July 15, 2016 Arcata Airport, 6:30 pm Friday, July 22, 2016 San Francisco Airport, 6 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Friday, August 19, 2016 Arcata Airport, 6:30 pm Friday, August 26, 2016 San Francisco Airport, 6 pm 2,395.00 479.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
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