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

When it’s time to start training for an upcoming ride or an event like Padres Pedal the Cause , it can be helpful to incorporate new bike routes. Varying your routes can help you train more effectively, and adding in scenic routes makes it even more enjoyable. Padres Pedal loves riding scenic bike routes in San Diego, so we wanted to share a few of our favorite scenic bike training courses in the area to help jumpstart your training. If you’re researching, “What are some scenic bike routes near me?” check out our training plans for various cycling distances to help you plan your training schedule.

Choosing the Right Bike Training Course for You

Bayshore (Silver Strand) Bikeway, Coronado

If you’re looking to start slow or need 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 to enjoy scenic bike routes in both directions. This is a great starter course to get you in shape for more challenging bike training courses down the road.

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 scenic bike route offers the benefit of 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, so you can choose the length and difficulty of your bike training course.

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 favorite bike routes in San Diego. You can explore this picturesque area of San Diego on your bike, and iIt is also a great spot to stop and 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)

The Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH, is a top choice for both training and scenic bike routes in the area. This route is easily accessible throughout San Diego’s coastal county from Del Mar up to Oceanside Harbor, making it convenient for San Diegans up and down the coast. 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. This is a great route to ride, then follow with a picnic on the beach to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Explore Our Beneficiaries from Your Bike Training Course

Both Torrey Pines and PCH are near three of our four beneficiaries on the La Jolla mesa, passing right through UCSD— the area 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 to see where your generous fundraising goes to work. FYI: The world-famous architecture and views from the Salk Institute are especially spectacular and not to be missed.

Get Involved with Padres Pedal and Explore the Best Bike Routes in San Diego

If you’re looking for a group to ride with, want to practice your group riding skills, or just need some extra support or encouragement as you train, Padres Pedal the Cause hosts a number of supported group training rides and other community events that you don’t want to miss. Meet other Padres Pedal riders and get advice from cyclists of all experience levels. You can also explore the offerings from our local bike shop partners, who offer group rides on a weekly basis.

Explore these training rides on bike routes in San Diego to get yourself ready for the incredible courses we offer during our Padres Pedal the Cause event in November. Whether you’re just beginning as a cyclist or want to challenge yourself with our longest available course, we have a course that will fit your level and your needs. But no matter where you’re at, don’t let anything hold you back from participating. Regardless of your age or your abilities, you can get involved with Padres Pedal in any number of different ways. Ride with us, walk or run with us, spin with us, or donate or volunteer. You can even be one of our virtual riders! We’d love for you to join us in whatever way works for you. Our participants are the heart of our event, and we are thankful to each and every person who gets involved with Padres Pedal. If you’re interesting in riding with us, register for our Padres Pedal the Cause event today. We can’t wait to see you on the road!

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