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    Okay, so I'd like to challenge myself by going up to the Orange Co. line.

    I'm familiar with bike routes/paths from the San Diego Airport area up to Carlsbad, along the coast, though I am not sure about what is best once you get to the Pendleton/Oceanside boundary.

    I was on Google maps and requested a route under the bike category/icon and it actually shows MERGING ONTO I-5!

    Any help on best route along the coast from Carlsbad up to the Orange Co. line would be great.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2017
     
    Christianitos Rd at I-5 in San Clemente is on the OC border, so here you go for the Camp Pendleton route. Google Maps suggests the I-5 shoulder because it is permitted (on an off depending upon what seems like endless freeway construction) but hardly pleasant.

    Riding through CP now requires applying for a permit, as well as a US Government issued ID to enter.
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    Sigurd:Christianitos Rd at I-5 in San Clemente is on the OC border, so here you go for the Camp Pendleton route. Google Maps suggests the I-5 shoulder because it is permitted (on an off depending upon what seems like endless freeway construction) but hardly pleasant.

    Riding through CP now requires applying for a permit, as well as a US Government issued ID to enter.


    MANY thanks!
    • CommentAuthoreaton
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2017 edited
     
    Riding through the base is nicer than the freeway. Pre-register, bring ID and wear a helmet.

    When you leave Oceanside Harbor, cross underneath I5 then be careful - you have to cross 2 lanes that are the offramp lanes to the base from North I5. Once you're on the base, pass the hospital and shopping center and make a left at the 3rd light (1 mile past the gate) and go up a hill to Stuart Mesa.

    Follow this road for about 6-7 miles until it ends at a stop sign. Make a left, go up a little hill and you'll see the Las Pulgas gate.

    Exit the base and as soon as you go under the railroad tracks, turn right into a small parking lot and go through it. Go through the opening in the fence and continue. Straight 1/2 mile then veer left with the road and enter the tunnel. When you exit, turn right and follow the path until you come to another fence. Go through the opening and you'll be in a parking lot for the San Onofre campground. There are bathrooms and picnic tables if you want to rest. If you go to a bathroom and it's locked, try the next one; sometimes they only open some of them.

    If you continue, you'll exit the campground and be on the frontage road in front of the power plant. Keep going, down a dip then up a little hill, maybe 1/2 to 1 mile. At the top of the hill, look to your left across the street and you'll see an opening in the fence. go through this opening and turn right. Follow this path another mile or so and you'll end up at a street in San Clemente. If you go right, cross the freeway and there's a Carl's Jr.

    If you read this and wonder about going through openings in the fence, don't. This is the route that thousands of cyclists use. Also, my distances are approximate. I don't have a computer.