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    • South Bay in San Francisco Bay Area has a vast network of interconnected paved and dirt trails. Linking many of these trails around Silicon Valley proved to be a mini-adventure. This trail network follows along with the backyard of the tech headquarters of Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Nvidia, Dell, and many others.

      Along the way, I’ve hit a few dead-ends with barbed wire fences and homeless encampments. Nevertheless, in this ride report, I wanted to capture the most scenic and memorable parts of the trails. Hopefully, it will also inspire you to explore the hidden riding places in Silicon Valley.

    • The trailhead of San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail starts in Santa Clara. It is a paved bike that follows along a creek with NVidia, Intel, Dell headquarters and campuses on its sides.

      Levi’s Stadium: home of the San Francisco 49ers NFL team seen in this photo is a non-tech landmark worth mentioning.

    • The San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail is four miles long and connects to the Bay Trail. Mostly dirt and gravel, the trail follows along the marshes of the bay for ten miles. 

    • Tech giants like Yahoo and Google's new headquarters are right off the trail. Direct access path to the Bay Trail lets many of their employees walk the trail during lunch hours. Google is expanding its presence, building a new massive Headquarters pictured in the left corner.

      In the left corner of the photo, you can spot cranes and the roof of Google's Headquarters under construction.

    • The Bay Trail connects to an Adobe Creek Loop Trail, which is a dirt and gravel path. It winds through sloughs and ponds with open views of the bay. It is also a Bird Sanctuary popular for walking and bird watching. 

    • The Bay Trail passes through Byxbee Park, which used to be a city dump, closed, and converted into a nature preserve area. The trail continues to Palo Alto Duck Pond and Baylands Nature Center, where it ends behind the Palo Alto Airport. 

      There is a picturesque spot at the end of the Bay Trail worthy of a quick detour called "The Palo Alto Boat Launch." It is a wooden bridge and pier with amazing views of the bay. If you look closely in the photo, you can spot NASA Hangars and Google's Headquarters in the background.

    • To get to the next stop Dumbarton Bridge, I weaved through East Palo Alto's neighborhoods and onto University Avenue. Facebook Headquarters is right at the intersection on the path, but I forgot to take a picture of it. I was too eager to cross the Dumbarton bridge and enjoy the views of the bay.

    • Dumbarton Bridge crosses the San Francisco Bay and has a great view of the Dumbarton Rail Bridge. It was built in 1910 but no longer in use.

    • The East side of the Dumbarton Bridge is just as scenic. The bike path merges into a Marshlands Road running along the water's edge.

    • Coyote Hills Regional Park, seen in the background behind the hut in the photo, is yet another great park for riding and nature walking.

    • There are a few dirt service roads that lead out to the marshlands. I took one of them that led me to a dead-end with a barbed wire fence, but the views were stunning.

    • Gravel or a mountain bike is ideal for riding any of these dirt roads. Getting a flat tire and being stuck miles away from anyone in the middle of Silicon Valley is real.

    • These service roads are great for finding hidden photography gems like this abandoned building. I'm hoping to come back to photograph and explore it more.

    • Along the dirt road, I saw this interesting formation of concrete pillars. The sun was setting, and the long shadows made for great photo composition.

    • It is hard to believe that this kind of nature and scenic riding is right in the middle of Silicon Valley. Tesla Fremont Factory on one side and Google, Facebook on the other.

    • The sun was setting fast I rushed home to finish the loop before it got too dark. The riding from that point on wasn’t as scenic and mostly on the road. I passed a few interesting tech landmarks like Tesla Delivery Center, fully packed with Tesla Model 3, S, and X and busy with people in the parking lot. I didn't take a picture of it, maybe next time.

      After some road riding through technology parks, campuses and shopping areas, I finally got onto the Coyote Creek Trail. It was a nice break away from sharing the road with cars. The paved trail is short but sweet. Wild geese really like it.  

    • I did manage to snap a photo of the Micron Technology (maker of the flash memory) glass building and the sunset skies behind it.

    • The 61-mile loop around Silicon Valley was flat. It can be easily broken up into smaller sections. If time is limited and legs don't cooperate, I would recommend focusing on the western parts of the loop. The Bay Trail, Adobe Creek Trail to Byxbee Park and Baylands Nature Center are my favorite sections (10-15 miles long in total).

      I hope you've enjoyed reading through this mini-adventure as I tried to capture some of the hidden nature spots inside of Silicon Valley.