Golden Gate to Pelican Inn

Distance: 23 miles roundtrip
Time: 2-3 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Elevation Gain: ~1900ft
Road: Shared single-lane road with cars

This medium ride is short but steep, a foggy climb to the pastoral Pelican Inn at Muir Beach. From the Golden Gate Bridge, this route follows the touristy road to Sausalito but branches off onto Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway) shortly after. From there, you will climb from 100 feet below sea level to 550 feet above, into the fog and back out towards the shore.

The Pelican Inn is more realistically modeled in the 16th century style than the re-enactment at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony – you half expect a Tudor bard to jump out from around a corner. The Pelican Inn is biker and hiker friendly, with a bike rack nestled right on their front lawn. The heated patio is a lovely way to fuel up with the Pelican Pale Ale and some authentic British food. The Bangers and Mash (pictured above) were tasty with the fresh peas, and the Shepherd’s Pie doesn’t cut any corners.


START at the Golden Gate Bridge, follow either Alexander Ave or East Rd towards Bridgeway in Sausalito. For more detailed instructions, see the beginning of this post.

In 1.1 miles at the Harbor Dr intersection, take the Mill Valley-Sausalito bike path up ahead and to your right.

In 1.2 miles, take the sidewalk on your LEFT at the underpass and merge onto the shoulder of Hwy 1/Shoreline Hwy. In 0.7 miles, LEFT at the light to stay on Hwy 1/Shoreline Hwy. Share the road.

Follow Hwy 1/Shoreline Hwy for another 5 miles. The ascent and descent are of almost equivalent grades, with the return route being easier because the switchbacks are slanted in the appropriate direction. Pelican Inn will be the first building on your LEFT once you reach a row of mailboxes at Pacific Ave.

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