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Can’t beat a good bike ride…
There’s nothing like rolling down the road (or along the trail) on your bike, the fresh breeze in your face and warm sun on your back. Here are some fun ways to keep the hobby going as Ventura County Coast starts to reopen. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a biking beginner, our region has beautiful bike paths fit for all levels.
Want to “go green” on your trip? Bring your bike with you on the train! Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight trains allow standard bikes of up to 50 pounds with a bike reservation. Follow the link for more information, including bike measurements.
Oxnard Bike Trail
The Oxnard Bike Trail starts at the ocean side of Oxnard Beach Park and takes you south past Hollywood Beach and Channel Islands Harbor. It’s a flat, easy ride that’s perfect for the whole family. Experience authentic SoCal vibes while coasting along this trail and soaking in the gorgeous ocean views. Channel Islands Harbor is an ideal spot to relax and refuel after a day of riding. Dig in to seafood, pizza, Indian or Brazillian food and more! Many of the restaurants offer outdoor dining, wine, or beer on tap.
Santa Rosa Valley/Hill Canyon
Enjoy the sunset over the trees while rolling through Hill Canyon Trail in Camarillo’s Santa Rosa Valley. Challenge yourself with a ride on one of the uphill portions to really get your heart racing, or if you prefer to take it easier, stay on the flat trails. Stop at Santa Rosa Valley Regional Park, just near the trailhead if you want to make a pitstop or hang out in the warm California sunshine. There are plenty of picnic tables, barbecue grills, and even horseshoe pits.The Calleguas Creek Bike Path takes you along the east side of Camarillo and features pleasant views of the valley fields. It’s an easy bike path that’s great for all ages and serves as a connector between the city’s north and south sides.
Calleguas Bike Path
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly location, make sure to check out the Calleguas Creek Bike Path. It’s an easy ride along the east side of Camarillo that features epic views of the valley fields. If the kids get tired of pedaling, stop at Calleguas Creek Park for a snack and playtime on the jungle gym!
Port Hueneme Beach
Beachside cruise, anyone? Either bring your own or rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals in Port Hueneme and cruise along with the warm sun and sea breeze on your skin. Want to bike as a group? Rent a surrey so you can pedal and chat with your crew at the same time. Check out this brochure for tips and a map of existing bikeways within the city.
Ventura Beach Bike Trail
Starting at the mouth of the Ventura River, the Ventura Beach Bike Trail takes you along the C-Street Promenade, past Surfer’s Point and the Ventura Pier, and ends at San Buenaventura State Beach. It’s a great way to work up a good sweat and see iconic Ventura County Coast sights at the same time. If you’re in the mood for an ice-cold beer after your ride, head to MadeWest Brewing Company on the Ventura Pier. The 30-barrel tasting room is known for its flavorful American-style brews and is dog- and bike-friendly.
The Coastal Trail
The Coastal Trail begins at Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura and takes you along Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway for some breathtaking coastal views. You’ll hit multiple parks along this bike path, such as Seaside Wilderness Park, Farla County Park, and Rincon Beach Park, so don’t forget to pack a picnic or at least some snacks to enjoy along the way. One of the more popular trails along this route is the Rincon Bike Trail, which starts at locally owned Ventura Bike Depot. It’s a great place to rent a bike or have your own repaired before getting on the trail.
The Ojai Valley Bike Trail
In the mood for a cycling challenge? The Ojai Valley Bike Trail runs parallel to Highway 33 and the Ventura River. It’s a well-maintained path with stunning views of the Los Padres Mountains connecting Ventura to Ojai. The ride is about 30 miles round trip—a worthwhile trip for moderate to experienced cyclists. The trees along the river provide lots of shade for water breaks, a quick stretch or a mid-ride photo op. After you finish your ride, cruise over to Main Street for drinks, dining, and shopping in Downtown Ventura. There’s something for everyone!
Harmon Canyon Preserve
Find 2,100 acres of stunning scenery along the Southern California coastline at Harmon Canyon Preserve. This nature preserve offers biking and hiking trails that stretch for miles. Explore the oak groves, canyons and hills on a leisurely bike ride. Take time to feel the wind in your helmet as you pedal and take in the sights, from rugged mountain ranges to the Channel Islands National Park.
Bicycle & COVID-19 Safety Tips:
- Always wear a helmet
- Make sure the bike is the correct size and fit for you
- Know and obey the rules of the road
- Wear sun protection and a mask, when needed
- Ride 6 feet apart from other cyclists as much as possible
- Stay hydrated, pack snacks to help fuel your ride, and hand sanitizer
For more information on cycling, please visit Cycle California Coast.