Inland Rail Trail


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Inland Rail Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: San Diego
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: Escondido Creek Bike Path at Escondido Transit Center (Escondido) and W. Mission Rd. and N. Pacific St. (San Marcos)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6364520
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Inland Rail Trail Description

The Inland Rail Trail runs alongside the Sprinter light rail service connecting Escondido to Oceanside. The 6.5-mile section in Escondido and San Marcos is the first segment complete, with a 7-mile continuation through San Marcos and Vista currently under construction. In the future, the trail will extend a total of 21 miles to a terminus at the Coastal Rail Trail on Wisconsin Avenue in Oceanside.

The setting for the Inland Rail Trail between Escondido and San Marcos is urban with the rail line on one side and parallel roads nearby. The trail gives access to Palomar College and the Escondido Transit Center, where it also meets the Escondido Creek Bike Path.

Parking and Trail Access

Free parking for the Inland Rail Trail is available at the Escondido Transit Center (700 W. Valley Parkway).

Inland Rail Trail Reviews

This may not be the most senic run in the area, but it is a well maintiained asphalt path. It is a nice alternative when you are looking to put in some miles and you want to stay off the streets.

It's nice that the path is separate from the roadway EXCEPT for the numerous street crossings. There is plenty of parking at the Escondido Transit Center with direct access to the path. There are no restroom facilities on the path so be prepared. On the return trip you can ride in the street on a clearly marked bike lane. Overall I give this three stars. I think it could be much better and may be more functional if it is extended all the way to Oceanside.

From North side of parking lot, at Escondido Transit Center, on North side of West Valley Parkway/N Quince St
The Inland Rail Trail starts at N33.11965 W117.09129 elev 643’ crosses Rock Creek Trail then turns left along North side of Rock Creek. Trail signs say Oceanside, however the trail currently ends in 6.6 miles at N Pacific St., just past Palomar College. There are many street crossings with directions painted on the trail surface. To cross Woodland Parkway the trail goes s-west a short distance to cross at Rancheros Dr. Noel Keller 7 Nov 09

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