Being an urban dweller doesn't mean you can't be a mountain biker as well. Here are three of our favorite trails near major burgs.
Head 45 minutes south to El Corte de Madera Creek in Woodside for 34 miles of rolling paths through redwood forests on trails with names like Giant Salamander and Manzanita.
Escape the throngs of humanity and head for Westchester County's Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill. The 15 miles of beginner to expert singletrack include technical climbs and fast, smooth descents.
Drive 15 minutes west to the mining town of Golden. At White Ranch Park, you'll find over 19 miles of trails, and countless loops to ride. Ascend 1,800 vertical feet on a buffed-out trail, then bomb a rocky, technical singletrack.