Ocean Beach Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in San Diego, California. It is within Ocean Beach Park and Robb Field Ocean Beach Athletic Area. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 10 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 258 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The Taylor Street Park And Ride parking and the Dog Beach (Ocean Beach) beach can be seen along the trail. There are also parking and restrooms along the trail.
Ocean Beach Bike Path Professional Reviews and Guides
"Ocean Beach is a unique example of Southern California culture. With the exception of a Starbucks, almost no national franchises have made their way into this community. The vast majority of businesses are locally owned mom-and-pop-type establishments, giving Ocean Beach distinct personality and charm."
--Lynn Goya and Alexander Goya, Best Hikes Near San Diego (Falcon Guides).
"Dog Beach is located on the north end of Ocean Beach along the mouth of the San Diego River and across the harbor channel from Mission Bay. It is a favorite oceanfront spot among canines. Nearly every car arrival has an enthusiastic, tail-wagging dog, and every departure has a tired and satisfied pooch. It is the only city beach in San Diego that allows dogs to run free (and one of three in the county, along with Del Mar and Coronado). To the east are sand dunes, marshland, and inter-tidal communities. The dunes act as a barrier for the calm estuary, which receives fresh water from the river and salt water from the ocean. To the south is the Ocean Beach Pier, a concrete, 2,100-foot T-shaped fishing pier. The sandy beach between Dog Beach and the pier is a popular surfing and swimming area with a paved promenade and grassy picnic grounds. This hike begins at Dog Beach and explores the wetlands to the east and the promenade south to the pier."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast (Day Hike Books).
"Ocean Beach extends from the San Diego River floodway to the bluff-backed beach off of Pescadero Avenue. Ocean Beach Pier lies in between, a T-shaped fishing pier at the foot of Niagara Avenue. It is the longest pier on the west coast, extending 2,100 feet over the water. The shoreline between the pier and Pescadero Beach has a water-carved rock shelf extending out to sea, with small pocket beaches, rocky crevices, and tidepools. The beach is backed by 30-foot bluffs with five sets of stairways that descend to the rocky beach. The whole day can easily be spent exploring the various rock ledges and tidepools. This low-tide hike begins at the pier and follows the flat rock ledges and seawalls to the stairway beneath Pescadero Avenue."
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