Pacific Coast Route Section 5

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Santa Barbara, CA - Imperial Beach, CA (251 miles)
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Adventure Cycling Association
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Because the heavy traffic tends to be even heavier in summer, we recommend that you ride this route in the spring or autumn. May and September-October are the best months for riding. Note that during summer, strong winds prevail from north to south. In Santa Barbara and the towns surrounding it, prepare for urban riding conditions. US 101 between Santa Barbara and Ventura is closed to bicyclists, so you'll ride on city streets and county roads. The route stays close to sea level here. Traffic levels build near Ventura and Oxnard, then taper off until Los Angeles County. You'll ride on a bike path through Emma Wood State Beach north of Ventura, and join SR 1 southeast of Port Hueneme. South of the Ventura/Los Angeles County line you'll ride through Malibu on a four-and six lane freeway with wide shoulders. Traffic is heavier on weekends and during the summer. Through Los Angeles you'll be using beachside bicycle and pedestrian paths. You'll follow city streets through Palos Verdes Estates and Long Beach, then rejoin the busy Pacific Coast Highway, which has shoulders. You'll encounter busy local traffic on CR S21 in San Diego County; the road shoulders are continuous. South of La Jolla, you'll pedal along residential streets and bicycle/pedestrian paths through San Diego. A ferry takes you to Coronado and a path along Silver Strand Beach. The route ends at the Border Field State Park south of Imperial Beach, where the U.S.A and Mexico share the border at the Pacific Ocean.

Current Printed Version: 2016


Average rating: based on 15 reviews.

Santa Barbara to Imperial Beach


Reviewed By: Peter Wagner on 12/25/06

Excellent - particularly getting through LA! Key is staying aware of "bike route" signs. These maps were critical to our trip.

Mostly Good


Reviewed By: Michael Clemson on 12/25/06

A couple of confusing turns, but otherwise very good

Great Parks North instead


Reviewed By: John Spence on 7/7/09

We didn't end up doing this ride. 3 of us- my son , his buddy and myself ended up doing a Missoula-Missoula loop ride of 13 days, just under 900 miles- we used the Great Parks north map for part of the ride and then went on our own into Idaho. Your map was very good- we liked the low traffic roads that we were on approaching Glacier and it was very good to have all the info re:campgrounds, grocery stores, etc.

Works like a charm


Reviewed By: Ed Johnson on 9/21/09

I've used these maps three separate times over the past 20 years. Always work great.

Pac Coast Route


Reviewed By: A customer from San Diego, California on 10/2/09

1st rode in 1977; did Canada - Mex. in 1980, portions of route many times. This summer, Monterey to San Diego. Still fun, maps still work. Is there an alternate route mapped through Los Olivos, Cachuma Lake, San Marcos Pass to Santa Barbara? That route is fun, too. Bottleneck right where Santa Monica begins has been hell for years. Still is. Some maps route from Redondo Beach over Palos Verdes Peninsula, to Wilmington; the current path more inland, through Torrance, is not pretty, but it works much better. No topo profile on southernmost route means some might assume the last 200 miles are quite flat. The hill at Torrey Pines s. of Del Mar will dispprove that.

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