Top 3 Beach Bike Paths In Southern California

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February 16, 2017
Top 3 Beach Bike Paths In Southern California
Top 3 Beach Bike Paths In Southern California

There’s not much to complain about when you live in SoCal. The weather is perfect, palm trees greet you in every direction, and the lovely Pacific hugs the coastline. Even though the beauty is apparent in the grand view, hidden gems are easily overlooked. Whether you live in Southern California or are only visiting, the best way to explore (and appreciate) its charm is through riding a classic cruiser bike.

Get your classic cruiser bike ready to explore the best beach paths in Southern California.


South Bay Bicycle Trail

This famous trail is a favorite among locals who ride beach cruisers. The smooth 22 mile path, stretching from the Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance County Beach (including The Strand), is filled with breathtaking views. If you want to attempt the whole path, start at Will Rogers State Beach and ride until you meet a dead end at Ballona Creek. You will get a taste of West LA and an understanding of its sub-cultures just from this path alone, as it travels through the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. A bonus: all of these spots are littered with retail shops, restaurants, bars, fitness studios, and most importantly, public restrooms. Expect to experience some traffic as pedestrians, roller-bladers, skateboarders, and riders on beach cruisers with baskets flock to this path.


Bayshore Bikeway San Diego

Those looking for a versatile path and diverse neighborhoods will take pleasure in this path. Totaling 24 miles around the San Diego Bay, the loop links with on-street bike lanes and other bike paths. The path is paved and mostly flat throughout, making it accessible to many people. To enjoy this path, take a dreamy ride along the Bayshore Bikeway. You can do so by taking a ferry across the San Diego Bay and starting at the Coronado Ferry Landing on Harbor Drive. The path will go through Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, and downtown San Diego. If you’d like some material for your social media profiles, you can catch the picturesque wetland, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, or the Silver Strand of beaches along the way. It is recommended that families loop around at Imperial Beach if they cannot commit to the whole stretch, as the loop includes street riding and is vigorous if completed in its entirety.


Alpine Pedal Path Big Bear

Big Bear is a good choice for couples, friends, and families. The Alpine Pedal path is short and sweet with spectacular views. It stretches for 3.2 miles with some rough terrain, but it is not vigorous. Along the way, you will see pine trees, the gorgeous lake, mountains, birds, ducks, wildflowers, and more. The path starts at the Stanfield cut-off and ends at the Serrano campground. Pack a crate to attach to your back rack and fill it with tasty treats and some wine to picnic at the campsite.

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