State Route 56 Bike Path


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State Route 56 Bike Path Facts

States: California
Counties: San Diego
Length: 10.3 miles
Trail end points: Sabre Springs Pkwy. (Sabre Springs, San Diego) and I-5 west of El Camino Real (Torrey View Estates, San Diego)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6872856

State Route 56 Bike Path Description

The State Route 56 Bike Path provides a traffic-separated connection between inland and coastal San Diego County. The route gradually inclines traveling inland and parallels State Route 56 closely for much of the way. There's a short on-road segment on low-stress Azuaga Street near Interstate 15 at the northeast end of the trail.

On the western end, just west of I-5, is the Sorrento Valley Road Trail; unfortunately, there is no linking path for now, although long-term plans call for the connection to be made.

Parking and Trail Access

On the western end of the trail, a parking area is available at the intersection of Clews Ranch Road and Carmel Country Road. On the eastern end of the trail, parking is available in nearby Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park (10152 Rancho Carmel Drive).

State Route 56 Bike Path Reviews

Finally a protected route

A great route with lots of breezes from the Hwy. I don’t mind the noise with my headphones. The path is very large for passing. I’m impressed!

Nice ride but noisy

I had the chance to do 2 bike paths in 2 days that were close by. This was my first time on the State Rt. 56 path. I started from the east end and parked in the parking lot at the Carmel Mt. Ranch Community Park. The parking was free and I felt in a good area that was secure to leave my car at. To access the beginning of the path however was a bit of a job. You have to bike down the street and turn right to access the trail. The first time I rode past the entrance and had to circle back. As bike paths go this one is just o.k.. The path is well maintained but does cross several streets with crosswalks. At one point not too far after starting you come to an intersection that is NOT well marked for the bike path. After some looking around I finally noticed the path sign diagonally across a big intersection. There are areas of the path that are very nice and quiet but for the most part it's a noisy bike ride along the freeway.

+++Protected Bikeway +++

All the prior reviews are accurate. I left from Carmel Ranch Community Park and followed the path toward Del Mar. The path is signed well and there are a couple forced stops to cross freeway off/on ramps. Currently there are some bumpy asphalt areas due to elevated tree roots, which are more challenging to see because they are in shaded areas. Overall, this protected bikeway was very fun to ride!!!

Great but a bit loud

The 56 freeway is loud but the views of the hills and valleys on the south side of the bike path are great.


SR 56

Next to road but safely protected.

New to cycling

I rode this path this past Saturday. I started in Del Mar and hijacked the ride from there to Rancho Penasquitos and back. I used the Mappy Thing to locate this trail and it turned out to be a nice ride for a beginner like me. The hills are not steep but there is a noticeable climb heading from west to east. The ride back to the west was significantly faster going downhill. One thing to note is that the path goes through part of a neighborhood so watch out for children and families. Total distance I traveled was 27 miles but that isn't necessary to get some exercise. Also, watching the hot air balloons was very cool!

A Nice Utilitarian Trail for Southern California

This trail is not a big draw for tourists, but it's popular for exercise and for getting between Interstate Routes 5 and 15 in north San Diego County. There is a fairly steep quarter-mile climb on Azuaga Street going east near the east end of the trail. This appears to be the reason why many of the folks just out for exercise turn around when they reach Rancho Penasquitos Blvd. The eastern section of the trail closely follows Highway 56 and the rolling hills are not bad for most riders. The scenery is fairly interesting for Southern California. The western section follows a river bed and has a lot more trees and other foliage to ride through. You also go by a horse ranch and the upscale Palacio Del Mar development. There are no restrooms or water on the trail itself. There is a convenience store and gas station next to the trail at Camino Del Sur a little east of the halfway point. There is a Taco Bell near the west end accessible via northbound El Camino Real then left at Carmel Valley Rd.

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