"I couldn't have asked for a greater bunch of guys to ride with, or better guides to take us on this adventure." Rowan Hick, CAD
 

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.

What better way to recharge than an active weekend of mountain biking in one of the most spectacular coastal towns in North America?

With near limitless amounts of riding, we’ll cover the classics like Manly Gulch and Big Tree before exploring the quaint downtown, snapping pictures along the scenic bluffs or going for a mellow river kayak.

 

You'll ride amazing trails with our guides, with cozy accommodation included, along with healthy and delicious breakfasts and lunches.

 

Want another day of riding?

 

Add a Friday ride day in Marin County (the birthplace of Mountain Biking) for $250, with breakfast, lunch and post ride beers included.

 

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

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

Our Mendocino Singletrack Weekend is for you if you are a passionate mountain biker who loves singletrack riding and spectacular scenery. You ride regularly and have solid mountain bike skills, with the ability to ride for up to 5 hours per day at a relaxed to moderate pace, and can handle moderately technical terrain. You can manage small obstacles such as logs up to 4" high, roots and rocks.

  • 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

    $945 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

    $189 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

    3 days
  • DATES

    June-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. 

 

NOTE:  Accommodation for this Ride is in a locally owned, private home. Shared washrooms among the group should be the expectation, as ensuites are not available in every room.

 

Day 1 (Friday). Arrive in San Francisco (or ride the birthplace of Mountain Biking!)

Meet your guides at San Francisco International Airport at 5:00 p.m., or at our accommodation in Mendocino at approximately 8:30 p.m.. See the logistics tab for details if driving to meet us.

An optional ride day in Marin County, the birthplace of Mountain Biking, is available through the Add-Ons tab. 

 

DAY 2. MENDOCINO COAST

Today, you’ll wake up to the smell of a fresh, homestyle breakfast!  

 

After breakfast, we'll build our bikes 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 3. MENDOCINO CONTINUED...

We've saved the best for last, as today, you'll get to ride the most fun, handbuilt singletrack you can find in Mendo, including Caspar Crossing North, Ride Through Tree and Gunslinger.

 

Post ride, we'll pack up bikes before hitting the road for a winery or brewery stop on the way back towards civilization and San Francisco International airport. 

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Expert guiding with friendly, knowledgeable guides
  • All the mountain biking you can possibly squeeze into 2 days
  • Breakfasts, lunches and snacks
  • Transportation during the trip in our air-conditioned van
  • 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.

We’ve Got You Covered +

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'

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!

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.
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!
Mountain Biking Manly Gulch Trail
California coast riding!

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 n/a m
2 4 hours 25 km 792 m 792 m 260 m
3 3.25 hours 27.36 km 640 m 640 m 260 m
Totals 7.25 hours 52.36 km 1432 m 1432 m n/a m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$220.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$240.00 USD
High-End Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$300.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra day riding in the Birthplace of mountain biking$250.00 USD
2017
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Friday, August 25, 2017 San Francisco Airport, 5 pm Sunday, August 27, 2017 San Francisco Airport, 7 pm 945.00 189.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
2018
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Friday, August 24, 2018 San Francisco Airport, 5 pm Sunday, August 26, 2018 San Francisco Airport, 7 pm 995.00 199.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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