Five Family Friendly Bike Trails in San Diego

San Diego is renowned for its beautiful, warm weather and striking scenery. What better way is there to soak it all in than a bike ride? Explore the city and take advantage of the sunshine by riding the many bike trails in San Diego. Even better, you and your family can use this as an opportunity to train for Padres Pedal the Cause’s annual fundraising event in November 2017! Explore each of these trails to keep things interesting while spending valuable time with your loved ones.


  1. Mission Bay Loop: The Mission Bay path is a full 11 miles on the inner loop, but because it’s still flat and wide, it’s a great option for both small and older kids. As you ride, you’ll see Sea World, inner bay beaches, and wetlands, giving you and your family plenty to look at as you ride along.
  2. Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla: With six trails ranging from easy to intense, this spot is right next to the beach for breathtaking views. It may be more ideal for older kids, but there are so many fantastic places to take breaks and relax or eat lunch, it might be worth trying with motivated younger kids.
  3. Santee Lakes: There are about six miles of paths around seven different lakes and the parkland at Santee Lakes, which means that although the paths are mostly flat, there is enough to keep you interested and busy on your ride. For younger riders, there is a playground and splash park along the way to help encourage them! It gets particularly hot in Santee, so plan accordingly and bring lots of water and ample sunscreen.
  4. Lake Hodges Suspension Bridge: One of just four stressed ribbon bridges in the western hemisphere, this is the longest ribbon bridge in the world. Situated over Lake Hodges, the bridge is 990 feet long and 12 feet wide. This is an ideal ride for beginners as you can keep it short for your younger family members. Otherwise, continue onto the trails for a longer or more challenging ride, particularly on the north side route.
  5. Bayshore Bikeway on Coronado Island: The path around Coronado Island itself is flat most of its nine miles and is very bike friendly, making it a fantastic choice for families with members of all ages. Stop for a rest at the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge or Coronado Beach. With older kids, you can choose to do the more challenging full 24-mile loop, taking you from downtown to the South Bay and all the way up to Coronado.


Keep in mind that if you’re an experienced rider, some members of your family may not be able to ride as hard or as long as you’d prefer. Family bike rides may not be as demanding as you’d like for training, but the rewards are well worth it. Riding with your family allows you to spend valuable time together taking part in an activity that builds healthy habits and creates family memories. The more you ride together, the more you can build your stamina together as a family. Eventually, you’ll build up to more challenging rides to prep for Padres Pedal the Cause!

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