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Road Rides in San Diego(12 posts)

Road Rides in San DiegoLanterneRouge
Jul 11, 2001 11:30 AM
I'll be in San Diego from Thursday through next Tuesday. I'm staying on Coronado Island. Can any of you SD locals give me your favorite rides in this area (30-40 mile loops preferable)? Thanks in advance.
You could hop on the ferry...Dave W.
Jul 11, 2001 11:45 AM
... and then hug the coast going north. Hopefully some other people here will be able to recommend specific streets.

You can ride to Cabrillo Nat'l Monument and to Mt. Soledad (nice viewpoints with some hill climbs), or just take the coastal bike routes as far north as you like, where the climb from La Jolla to Torrey Pines will probably be the longest grind of the day.

The farther north you go along coastal SD County, the flatter it gets, and you can go all the way through Camp Pendleton to Orange County if you feel like a century+ ride.
You could hop on the ferry...badabill
Jul 11, 2001 12:28 PM
All great rides. You can also head south for the harbor bike route, circles the bay and you can take the ferry back to coronado. There is a bike store on Orange Ave.(I believe its Holland cycles) in coronado that can give you more info. SDBC has many group rides for all levels if you are interested. My favorite is pacafic coast hwy north from torrey pines to san onofre.
Coronado IslandLive Steam
Jul 11, 2001 11:47 AM
Are you staying at the Hotel Del? It is a fantastic place. We stayed there a few months ago. As for cycling, I did see a bike shop on Orange Ave, but I think they just rented beach cruisers. But what the heck, it's a great place to be lazy.
Coronado IslandLazy
Jul 12, 2001 1:14 PM
I stayed at the Hotel Del for a few days back in 1985 or so. You're right, it's a great place to be Lazy. LOL

Beautiful place.
The Wizard od OZ >>>>>>>>>>.Live Steam
Jul 12, 2001 1:26 PM
I guess you know that Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of OZ while staying at the Hotel. Makes you wonder what they put in the drinks there! :-)
Up the PCH and back ...Humma Hah
Jul 11, 2001 1:22 PM
... I agree with using the ferry to get from Coronado Island. The bridge is NOT bike-friendly.

The ferry will come into downtown San Diego. Wander over to the Santa Fe train station and see if you can find SanDag's bike map of the region. If you can't find it, not to worry, almost every road except the interstates and a couple of expressways are good for bikes. However, the SanDag map does give some secret cut-thrus that are useful.

Go north up the coast on the Pacific Coast Highway (it keeps changing names, so a map of some kind is useful. Things will be congested, especially on weekends, until you get north of La Jolla, then they start to open up a bit. You can ride as far north as Oceanside with no problem (that's a big too much round trip for your specification). Its good riding, not too hilly by San Diego standards. The worst hill is Torrey Pines, about 430 feet high at something around 6-7% grade on your way back south from Del Mar.

San Diego is bike heaven.
re: Road Rides in San DiegoLanterneRouge
Jul 11, 2001 6:49 PM
Thanks for all the info guys. It's been really helpful. I'm actually not staying at the Hotel Del (I love that place), but at the Loew's Coronado Bay Resort.

Humma Hah -- what's the SanDag map?
More info...Dave W.
Jul 11, 2001 9:14 PM
If it's the one I'm thinking of, it's a free map, with a light blue cover, of all (road) bike routes in the San Diego area. It's invaluable for commuters and will show you good streets.

Most good bike stores will have it, as should the tourist info kiosk inside the Santa Fe Depot. It might also be available at your hotel, if they have one of those "walls of brochures" or a smart concierge. The train depot is about two blocks inland on Broadway from where the Coronado ferry docks in downtown San Diego. You can see it from waterfront.
The secret map ...Humma Hah
Jul 11, 2001 10:09 PM
... Its a roadmap of San Diego county that's been modified to show several types of color-coded cycling routes. I believe SanDag is a local government organization. The maps are available here and there, in places where tourist info is found. One of the better repositories is the Santa Fe train station, practically across the street from the ferry landing downtown. Pretty station, worth the short walk to see it.
SANDAG mapDMoore
Jul 12, 2001 1:29 AM
SANDAG is the acronym for the San Diego Association of Governments. You can order the San Diego bike map via the internet. Time is short - maybe they can deliver it to your hotel?

The link is

The map is very helpful. I grew up in SD, although sadly moved away 20 years ago. I still visit often, and pretty well know my way around. The map is still helpful, however.

Enjoy your stay!
re: Road Rides in San DiegoJohn S.
Jul 12, 2001 8:23 AM
For San Diego cycling info check out this site. It is the best I have found.