Central Coast Cycling: From Coast to Peak and Everything in Between
Biking from Beach to Beach
Want to get off the sand but not leave the sound and view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean? Jump on your ride and coast along the roads that parallel Pismo Beach. Or set your sights on the Bob Jones Trail, a popular, beautiful, paved path that shares the love between walkers, runners, strollers, cyclists, and pets as it connects Pismo Beach to Avila Beach. Want a break along the way? Take a pit stop at Woodstone Marketplace, an eclectic combo of deli, market, wine shop, and coffee bar.
Cross Training to Wine Country
Picturesque byways accompany the hundreds of miles of Central Coast roads that lead from Pismo Beach to nearby vineyards. Bike to the northern Central Coast and visit the hospitable, popular wine town of Paso Robles. Or head south to the rolling hills of Santa Maria and the quiet roads and canyons of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, home to Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and Solvang. There are more than just views along the way and the pure enjoyment of the temperate Central Coast weather – make a day of it and fit in a wine tasting or museum walk.
Bunny Hop Through Mountain Trails
Whatever your age or proficiency, whether you are a seasoned mountain biker or a parent with a child riding shotgun, there are mountain trails surrounding Pismo Beach to suit your bike, temperament, and situation. Ride up Madonna Mountain to see the “Seven Sisters” or head out to Montana de Oro for some of the most scenic mountain biking around.
Plot out your mountain biking path using these trail maps and decide whether you’d prefer to bunny hop over major obstacles or work those glutes while logging serious saddle time. Choose a rocky landscape at Irish Hills Natural Reserve or stick with the sandy trails of Lopez Lake Regional Park; inhale the ocean and canyon views along the Montaña de Oro State Park trails or get lost in the forests which house the trails of West Cuesta Ridge.
Cyclists Visiting Pismo Beach
The beautiful thing about cycling in Pismo Beach is that it’s not an activity reserved solely for locals. Getting your pedal on while visiting is a delightful way to get to know Pismo Beach and the surrounding area while truly absorbing all that the Central Coast has to offer. The best part is, no matter how many goodies you eat or imbibe along the way, you’ll be biking back to your Pismo Beach hotel headquarters at the SeaCrest Ocean Front Hotel, so there’s no guilt about your vacation indulgences!