Oceanside Bike Trails

Located in beautiful Southern California, along San Diego’s North Shore, is the classic beach community of Oceanside where residents and visitors alike love to spend every moment they can outside, soaking up the warm sun. The city has diverse terrain that lends itself to a variety of fun and exciting bike routes; ranging from leisurely coastal cruises to high impact endurance challenges. Experience a unique side of Oceanside by exploring our beautiful city by bicycle!

Since 2008, Oceanside has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists; most recently awarded a silver classification for its clearly marked bike trails, number of cycling events and incorporation of cycling into the development and future infrastructure of the community.

Bike Friendly Community - Silver Award

Oceanside Cycling Events

Oceanside is also home to a variety of cycling endurance events held throughout the year including IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, Race Across America (RAAM), and Bike the Coast. With our mild climate and variations in scenery, Oceanside is the perfect place to train and to participate in your next athletic challenge.

IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside

IRONMAN Oceanside 703 Public Domain

Race Across America


Bike the Coast

Bike the Coast Oceanside Fun Bike Ride Cycling Event 1017x544 Home Page Tile

Whether you are in the middle of training for an event or are just looking for something fun to do during your next trip to Oceanside, meet up with some locals during one of their community training events. Both PlayTri Oceanside and the Oceanside Multisport Group hold regular sessions. Check out their pages for the full event listings and details on group rides, runs and swims.

Local self-guided bike tours are available for those looking to get out and explore the area. Wheel Fun Rentals provides an easy self-guided map from their location at the base of the Oceanside Pier out and long the San Luis Rey River Trail. Check out the experience packages that Ride Oside has curated.

Make Oceanside your destination for your next cycling group vacation or getaway. Our group travel team can help you put together itineraries with trail, activities, and dining and find the best lodging to meet your needs and wishes. We have programs for groups that range from the avid road warriors training for elite races to casual cruisers that enjoy active vacations. Whether your traveling with our without your bikes, our team can share the best resources for bike repair, rentals, and sales. Have your team contact our local experts at groups@visitoceanside.org or request our digital planning guide for more information. 

Oceanside Bike Routes

Whether you are looking for leisurely, family-friendly bike trails or are more of an experienced rider interested in making Oceanside your home base as you explore the greater regions of San Diego and South Orange County, Oceanside has a variety of bike trails that offer unique sightseeing opportunities along the way.

Several of the suggested routes have overlapping elements, giving you the option to extend your cycling experience should you be up for the challenge. Two of the major trails that run through Oceanside include the San Luis Rey River Trail and the Coastal Rail Trail.

2018 Oceanside Bike Map
Oceanside Bike Map (Click to View)

Below are the eight featured bike routes that all begin and end at the Oceanside Pier. Each route description includes a difficulty rating, distance, route overview, and a list of suggested sightseeing locations and interest points along the way. You are invited to browse each bike trail to decide which route would be right for you and your group.

Stop by the California Welcome Center-Oceanside to pick up a printed version of the bike map.  Bring it with you during your adventures and see what you can experience along the way! 

Each route has been given a difficulty rating, categorizing it as either easy, intermediate or advanced to give you an idea of what you can expect along the way. Below is a quick overview for each classification.

For the cyclist looking for an easy or family-friendly ride perfect for a casual day exploring the area. These routes are low impact and are not long in distance, leaving plenty of time to explore along the way. The suggested “easy” routes include: 

  • Bike to Mission San Luis Rey
  • Bike to Oceanside Harbor
  • Bike to Carlsbad Village
Biking South O Buccaneer Beach
Cyclist at Buccaneer Beach

For the cyclist really looking to explore and challenge themselves to unique rides outside of the Oceanside city limits. The intermediate rides are perfect if you are looking for a half to full day experience. These suggested routes include many sightseeing locations and give riders the option of riding round trip or taking the train back to Oceanside. The “intermediate” Oceanside Bike Trails include: 

Cyclist Biking in Guajome Park
Cyclist Biking in Guajome Park

For the endurance athlete, we have outlined two bike routes that offer the perfect blend of scenic views and physical challenge. These routes are very popular along local, experienced riders.

  • Bike to Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Bike to Sleeping Indian

Bike Repair Station

Oceanside Bike Repair Station at California Welcome Center
Bike Repair Station at California Welcome Center

To assist cyclists while they are in Oceanside, there are three bike repair stations provide an array of specialized bike tools and an air pump.

Bike repair locations in Oceanside include: 

  • California Welcome Center – Oceanside
  • Mance Buchanon Park
  • Oceanside Pier, Pacific Street Entrance

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fun ways to ride

Cruise the beach in style with these fun rental options in Oceanside! Looking for some two-wheel motorized fun? Ride O’side’s fat tire electric scooters offer a smooth yet exciting way to ride around our beautiful coastal town. Ride around town like a local when you rent a bike from Socal Bike, from beach cruisers to electric bikes, they have you covered. For groups that like to take things at a slower pace, look no further than Wheel Fun Rentals and their fun two or four person surreys which can be rented right on The Strand, just below the Oceanside Pier. This is a “must-do” with kids for an afternoon of laughter and fun.

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