Black Mountain Overnight: Mini Bikepacking Adventure in the SF Bay Area

Loaded bikepacking bike leaning against trail sign on Monte Bello Preserve singletrack

As I watched the sun set glowing red from my rocky perch on Black Mountain, the San Francisco Bay Area already twinkling in the fading light across the valley below, I couldn’t help thinking “I win!”

Spread across the valley below me were the lights and lives of over half a million people, crammed into unending suburbs, fuming on gridlocked freeways, chatting about their workdays over dinner. Yet I was alone at the top of the mountain. And it was a Thursday night.

If you live on the SF Bay Area peninsula and are craving a quick bike camping trip or S24O-style bikepacking overnight, this little bikepacking route to Black Mountain Backpack Camp might be just what the doctor ordered.

Read on to plan a Black Mountain mini-bikepacking trip, including details about the campsite, route options, and trail conditions.


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Black Mountain Bike Overnight


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About the Author

Hi there, I’m Alissa. I’ve biked over 10,000 miles (enough to stop counting) in nine countries and still haven’t kicked the bike travel bug. Pavement and panniers or singletrack and seat bag, I love it all. On my bike I feel free. Learn more or say hi.


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