Skyline is the benchmark awesome commute in the bay area, with knockout scenery, scenic bike paths, tough climbs, and fast flats. It's not easy, but not ridiculously hard either. Common sights include herds of deer, misty vistas with pines poking through, drop-dead gorgeous sun rises, and ideal riding roads. It's also freezing cold in the winter, especially on Sawyer Camp Trail (SCT), but you can persevere. Highly recommended.
Skyline affords many variations, the main one being whether you take SCT or CA-35 the whole way. SCT is one of the great bike paths anywhere, but may busy with pedestrians and other slow traffic.
- distance: ~45 miles (to Google)
- travel time: ~2h45m
- elevation gain: ~2,200 feet
- difficulty rating (1-10): 6
- rollout point: usually Ritual Roasters (aka "RRR")
- inventors: Brett Lider, Brian Wickman