The Most Scenic Bike Routes of San Diego to Help You Train


Summer is officially upon us and it’s the perfect time to start training for Padres Pedal the Cause on November 17. We wanted to share a few of our favorite scenic bike paths in San Diego to help jumpstart your training. Check out our training plans for each of our four cycling distances.

Torrey Pines
With newly paved and painted bike lanes, and a unique double bike lane for southbound cycling traffic, Torrey Pines is one of our favorites. It is also a great spot to get some climbing in. Challenge yourself with a steeper route by entering the gates of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and heading south up the inside road.

Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 101)
Lastly, the Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH, is a top choice for both training and scenic rides. This route is easily accessible throughout San Diego’s coastal county from Del Mar up to Oceanside Harbor. Most of the route offers dedicated bike lanes, but does journey past busy beaches, so watch for traffic and follow the rules of the road.

Both Torrey Pines and PCH are near three of our four beneficiaries on the La Jolla mesa, passing right through UCSD where many of our beneficiaries call home. Stop for a quick break at the Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, or the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where your generous fundraising goes to work. FYI: the views from Salk are spectacular.

Bayshore (Silver Strand) Bikeway, Coronado
For a flatter option, the Silver Strand Bikeway provides a scenic, flat cruise around Coronado Island and into Imperial Beach. The out and back trail is 18.7 miles roundtrip and riders can start from either end of the trail.

SR 56 Bike Path
The SR 56 Bike Path is a 10.5 mile trail, 21 miles round trip, that parallels the Ted Williams Parkway between I-5 and I-15. This route offers a protected bike path with most of the incline in the eastbound direction. Most of the incline is gradual and the trail heading east has an ascent of about 600 feet. There are multiple entrance points along the bike path route.

Remember, Padres Pedal the Cause hosts four supported group training rides that you don’t want to miss, and our local bike shop partners offer group rides on a weekly basis. We can’t wait to see you on the road!

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