Rail History Bike Tour

Join EcoRing for a socially distanced cycling fundraiser ride along the historic route of the North Pacific Coast Railroad.

About this Event

Learn the colorful history of the narrow-gauge steam-powered North Pacific Coast Railroad as we ride its route near the Russian River and beneath the redwoods.  Compare historic photos with the present day conditions and dream of a future trail.  This event is a fundraiser to support our advocacy to convert the original right-of-way to a multi-use pathway.

March 28, 2021:  Route guided by Rick Coates: Duncans Mills to Occidental and back

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Advanced Route guided by Sara Baughn: Duncans Mills to Occidental– loop to ocean/Highway 1 and back to Duncans Mills on River Rd

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Ride with Rick Coates, Environmentalist of the Year, to learn more about the railroad and EcoRing’s proposed 84-mile Sonoma Marin Adventure Trail.

Get your tickets here.

Pastries and coffee available Duncans Mills.  Buy your own lunch in Occidental or bring a sack lunch.  Bring your own bike and helmet or rental bikes are available starting at $40 through Getaway Adventures.  Make bike reservation two weeks in advance by calling our partner Getaway Adventures at (800) 499-2453.

Sonoma Marin Adventure Trail

SMART is up and running!

The first Operating Segment of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit train is up and running!  And what a beautiful, smooth ride.   The scenery is beautiful.  Vineyards north of Santa Rosa and estuaries filled with birds along the Petaluma River and estuaries.

Trains travel from the Airport Blvd. Station to the Transit Center in downtown San Rafael with two stops in Santa Rosa, one in Rohnert Park, one in Cotati, one in Petaluma, two in Navato and two in San Rafael.  The full trip takes about an hour and seven minutes.

Construction crews have already begun work on the extention from San Rafael to Larkspur.   Many segments of the SMART Multi-use pathway have also been completed.  A number of bike trails can be accessed from the SMART stations and you can take your bike onboard.

Work still needs to be done to better coordinate local bus times and routes.  However, progress is being made.  Convenient shuttle buses to the Charles Schultz Airport, to Santa Rosa downtown parking and to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal are up and running.

Demand has been so strong that SMART has added a third unit to some of the more popular trains.  You can find current schedules and information on stations, fairs and shuttles on the SMART website here.

SMART to begin service soon.

The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train is projected to start service between San Rafael and Sonoma County Airport north of Santa Rosa in late spring although the exact date will depend upon final federal safety approvals. Initially, rides will be free. The free period will run through the July 4 holiday. SMART will then offer 50 percent discounted rates through the September 4 Labor Day holiday. Regular fares will go into effect on September 5. For more information click here