Pacific Coast Highway- Mission Beach to Oceanside - Cycling

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This 37 mile ride up the Pacific Coast Highway is beautiful, to say the least!

Written by

Taylor Reilly


37.0 miles

37 miles one way; 74 miles as an out and back

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.4 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

5 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Land Website

California Parks Page



This 37 mile ride up the Pacific Coast Highway is breathtakingly beautiful, to say the least. Views of the Pacific Ocean are amazing -- at times the road is level with the ocean, at others it will climb on the curves and cliffs that rise above the endless procession of waves that lap the shore. 

What Makes It Great

It's important to note that this route can also be very dangerous; you are riding alongside of one of the busiest and windiest highways in the state, and there have been many cycling accidents and even fatalities that have been known to occur on this route. Despite the danger, cyclists continue to cruise this classic route from Mission Beach to Oceanside, California, because it really is worth the risk. It's a challenging yet ride, worth exploring for safe, experienced cyclists. 

Who is Going to Love It

Traffic is tight and the winds can blow hard, making this ride best for expert and intermediate riders. Note there is also a lot of tourist traffic on the road, so make sure to pay attention the entire time you are out on the bike - maybe leave those headphones at home for this one. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

This ride starts at Mission Beach, located at East Mission Bay Dr.San Diego, CA 92109. 


Pacific Coast Highway- Mission Beach to Oceanside

Mission Beach Park
San Diego, CA, 92109
32.768077, -117.251996

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