Pacifica is especially known in the bike community for its network of trails that overlook the Pacific Ocean.

Follow the steps of 18th century Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portol‡, and ride up the steep Sweeney Ridge Trail, first to a 20th century abandoned missile site and then on to where Portola and his men first sighted San Francisco Bay. You might strongly consider starting this ride in the parking lot of Linda Mar State Beach and ride the 2.5-mile paved bike path north along the beach and bluffs until it ends at Pacifica Coast Highway One. The driveway leading up to the trailhead in the Shelldance Nursery parking lot is a little obscure. Whether riding or driving, look for large, colorful signs declaring ORCHIDS from the Pacific Coast Highway One. Once you get up to the large gravel parking lot, however, you’ll see a large Golden Gate National Recreation Area sign in the northwest corner announcing the area as Sweeney Ridge. Your legs will thank you for warming them up before the steep climb up Sweeney Ridge Trail, and you’ll also get a chance to experience more of Pacifica.

There are two bike rental shops in Pacifica: one located on Francisco Blvd. and the other in Park Mall on Terra Nova Blvd.