Location: Mission Beach.
Route: Bike path loop around Mission Bay and Fiesta Island.
Distance: 10 miles. An additional 2 miles on the loop around Fiesta
Terrain: Mostly flat. Sandy.
Pavement: Mostly smooth 4- to 6-foot wide bike path. Some very rough
sections. Some roadskating required to skate the complete loop.
Traffic: Moderate to heavy bicycle and pedestrian. Numerous
intersections and cross-streets.
Last Updated: Sun Nov 4 18:34:39 PST 2001
Mission Beach is the touristy boardwalk in San
Diego. The boardwalk is narrow with heavy pedestrian traffic and is not
suitable for speedskating. However, it is a required stop for recreational
skating on any trip to San Diego. The boarwalk starts near the jetty on the
south end and runs north to Pacific Beach.
Asides from the beach, Mission Bay is a major
outdoor recreational hangout for the city of San Diego. There are numerous
trails to explore all around the bay, most of good quality. Additional trails
connect to Pacific Beach to the north, Ocean Beach to the south, and various
coastal communities to the east.
Finding the complete outer loop around Mission Bay
is not inherently obvious, since it requires two detours onto roads where the
paths end. Because of the sometimes heavy pedestrian traffic, speedskating and
training is only possible at off-peak times: weekdays during the winter or
early on weekend mornings.
Restrooms and water fountains are frequently
located along the heavily-traveled portions of the path.
From the north on I-5 exit at Sea World Dr. and
turn right at the end of the off-ramp. You will see Fiesta Island on the right
as you pass the first light. Stay on Sea World Dr. as you pass the Sea World
entrance. Take the next exit on the right for Ingraham St. Stay in the right
lanes of the on-ramp and immediately get off at the next exit onto W. Mission
Bay Dr. This will take you all the way to Mission Blvd., where you'll see the
Belmont Rollercoaster. Go straight through the intersection and park in the
Mission Beach lot.
From the south on I-5 or from I-8 take I-8 west and
exit at Ingraham St./Sports Area Blvd. Turn right at the end of the off-ramp
onto Ingraham St. At the second interchange exit right onto W. Mission Bay Dr.
This will take you all the way to Mission Blvd., where you'll see the Belmont
Rollercoaster. Go straight through the intersection and park in the Mission
There are many other parking lots to start from
around Mission Bay.
The Mission Beach parking lot, site of the
Belmont Rollercoaster. Dance skaters, stunt skaters, skateboarders, and
freestyle cyclists hang out in front of Hammel's beach shop to show off their
stuff. To access the bay trail, cross inland back past Mission Blvd. You will
see the path begin on the left when the bay opens up. Be careful of cracks in
this section. Pedestrian traffic can be heavy here.
The path ends here. To continue on the loop,
skate straight through the parking lot to Corona Oriente Rd. Turn right and
proceed up the curved hill to a 4-way stop. Turn right onto Crown Point Dr.,
which will eventually end at a stop sign. Turn right onto Pacific Beach Dr.
Just ahead the road will curve sharply left. Follow the double-yellow lines
onto Olney St. Turn right at the traffic light onto Grand Ave. Down the hill
past the high school on the right you will cross the Rose River.
Taking the Rose River trail north will lead
to a bike route on the road that goes to the Gilman bike
path connector to UCSD. Proceeding south on the Rose River trail will
return you to Mission Bay. Caution: Very rough and bumpy pavement. When the
path ends by the golf course, turn left onto the road. At the next stop sign,
turn right towards the bay.
The lighted path begins again here at the
cul-de-sac. Pedestrian traffic can be heavy in this section.
The access point to Fiesta Island is on the
right. Please skate on the right side of the one-way loop road. At the fork
about 3/4mi in, keep left. Pavement on the north half of the island is not
A dedicated path breaks off on the right
shortly past the access to Fiesta Island. Turn left when the asphalt path ends
at a lighted concrete path. Turn at your next left onto the asphalt path to
bypass the south boat launch. At the road intersection skate across to the path
on the other side. This path will curve to travel alongside Sea World Dr.
Caution: As you pass Sea World the path will
descend slightly and curve sharply to a crosswalk with a traffic light. Cross
the road and follow the path on the opposite side.
Continue on the path through the
intersection paralleling Ingraham St. The path will curve underneath the
Ingraham St. bridge and emerge on the other side at Dana Landing Rd. Follow
Dana Landing Rd. south past the same traffic-light intersection you just
bypassed. Just past that intersection, turn right into the parking lot and head
towards the boat launch. Caution: The pavement in the parking lot is very
rough. The path begins here again along the bay.
To return to Mission Beach, do not cross
underneath W. Mission Bay Dr. Instead, climb the stairs shortly before it. You
can take the sidewalk or the bike lane back. This bridge crossing over the
channel is the only major hill of the skate. You can skate to Ocean Beach by
proceeding on the path underneath W. Mission Bay Dr.
The path ends here. Turn left on Quivera
Blvd. and proceed on the road past the marinas.
As the road curves to the right, you will
see the Sunset Cliffs Blvd. bridge ahead to your left. You can access the path
on the left here or skate to the end of the peninsula and return on the path.
Take the Sunset Cliffs Blvd. bridge over the San Diego River.
After crossing the bridge, immediately
turn right onto the path paralleling the river.
The path ends here at dog beach. You may
return the way you came.
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