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Explore the best rated trails in Oceanside, CA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail and Rose Creek Bike Path . With more than 51 trails covering 278 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Bayshore Bikeway

West Side Good/East Side Not so good eBike Ride

October, 2022 by hskrjed

Started at the Imperial Beach Trailhead near Trident Coffee and rode the east side of the bay. Scenic but noisy from traffic. Rode the Coronado Ferry to the west and rode the west side to complete the loop. West side has a lot of street riding and is not scenic with lots of industrial views. I would recommend only riding the west side of the loop. 26 mile total ride.

Castaways Trail

Really good

September, 2022 by melitesone.mym

Perfect to walk with stroller ¿¿

Jeffrey Open Space Trail

Well done!

September, 2022 by otterbob87

This concrete trail is very well maintained and worth your time. Good workout on a bike. My first time on the trail was from Portola to I-5 where I diverted left to Sand Canyon and accidentally discovered the Walnut trail :). Irvine has so many good trails!

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Hicks Canyon Trail

Well maintained and safe

September, 2022 by otterbob87

Its pretty and plenty of shade. Many residents are walking and riding on this one so I’ve not seen any creepers lurking. Read “toolbear”’s review its quite in depth and still spot on even after 13 years :).

Inland Rail Trail

Part of trail is good for cycling.

August, 2022 by 8520258intel

The end section in San Marcos is quite good, the part along Mission Ave. in Escondido is OK. But in between the cities are a number of locations where tree roots have severely damaged the asphalt, some in shadow area surprising you when you hit them with your bike. So if coming from Escondido by bike I take Rancheros Dr. down to Woodland Pkwy, take a right and then a left on Mission Ave all the way to Twin Oaks Valley RD and get back on trail there. This is to bypass the poor section of trail.

Dana Point Headlands Trail

Fantastic views make this walk worth the effort of stairs.

August, 2022 by kiwiswede.ps

Fantastic views make this walk worth the effort of stairs.

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

A nice meandering route which is great for one and all!

August, 2022 by kiwiswede.ps

A nice meandering route which is great for one and all!

San Diego Creek Trail

Very nice pleasant bike ride

August, 2022 by mark0053

I started at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Interpretive Center. There was lots of parking there and on the street next to it. The trail starts along the preserve and winds through Irvine. You can really tell you are in an upper class area as the trail was not only beautiful but well maintained and totally free of trash and homeless issues. It was well marked and well maintained. This is a trail I will do again in the future. You feel very safe on this trail during the entire route.

Santa Ana River Trail

Nice long urban bike path.

August, 2022 by mark0053

I've done this trail several times. Last year in 2021 it was totally void of homeless issues. This year in 2022 I encountered several encampments and graffiti issues. I usually start in the middle and do the westbound route the first day and the eastbound route the second. I normally start at the Honda Center in Anaheim and go from there.

Santiago Creek Trail

Typical California Urban Trail

August, 2022 by mark0053

I've got to say I'm a bit disappointed with this trail. I encountered several homeless people along the way. The trail is NOT well marked and you can end up in the wrong place if you're not careful. I guess it's better than nothing but for me it is next to nothing. I started at Hart Park which is a good place to park your car.

Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail

If you like the ocean you will like this trail.

August, 2022 by mark0053

I've done this trail several times. I usually park at the south end and pay the state park system $15 to park my car in their lot. The southern and northern ends of the trail are less busy but in the middle it can be very busy and crowded. I usually try to go on a weekday. In the middle section there is a Huntington Beach Police Station and today I actually seen an officer with a radar gun clocking of all things bicycles going by. There are lots of signs with 10 mph or 5 mph limits but I have never before anywhere seen bikes being clocked by radar. Welcome to California.

Bayshore Bikeway

ok if you’re in the area

August, 2022 by mulroneykl

I did the entire loop yesterday to train while I was in San Diego. It is paved, so that’s a good thing (for me!) but frankly it’s just not as scenic as advertised and there are sections that are just industrial and ugly. So much trash along sections and the onroad portion on the San Diego side of the bay is terrible. On the more scenic side, you are mostly riding next to a high-speed road so it’s noisy. Can’t really ride along the San Diego side once you get to the crowds - or at least go very slowly. (Same right near Coronado but that thins out quickly.) Bottom like is that it’s worth checking out if you are here, but not something to travel a distance for. I managed to do ~30 miles by adding a loop around Coronado and going out and back on the Sweetwater Bikeway.

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