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Silver Strand Bikeway

San Diego’s Silver Strand is a seven-mile-long sand spit that extends south from Coronado to Imperial Beach and divides San Diego Bay from the ocean. The Silver Strand Bikeway, which runs the length of the Strand, is a broad paved multi-use path, popular with bicyclists, joggers, inline skaters, hikers and strollers. It provides a long, level workout...
San Diego’s Silver Strand is a seven-mile-long sand spit that extends south from Coronado to Imperial Beach and divides San Diego Bay from the ocean. The Silver Strand Bikeway, which runs the length of the Strand, is a broad paved multi-use path, popular with bicyclists, joggers, inline skaters, hikers and strollers. It provides a long, level workout while enjoying great views of the bay and the city skyline beyond, the Coronado Bridge, and the ocean. The bike trail, which follows a former rail corridor built in 1888 by the Coronado Railroad Company, takes you past the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Silver Strand State Beach, the Coronado Cays development, and the South Bay Unit of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Separated from automobile traffic on busy Silver Strand Boulevard (Highway 75), the bikeway is windy and exposed, with little shade and few easily accessible facilities, so be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, and water.

The Silver Strand Bikeway is part of the San Diego Bayshore Bikeway, a 24-mile trail circling the bay. As of early 2010, 13 miles of the bikeway were dedicated bicycle trail, while 11 miles, mostly along the east bay shore from Chula Vista to downtown San Diego, were on-street bicycle lanes.
 

Trail/Pathway Details

Silver Strand Bikeway

Trailhead: North end: The dedicated offstreet bicycle path begins at the intersection of Pomona and Glorietta, not far from the Hotel del Coronado, but if you want a longer outing you can begin at the Coronado ferry landing and follow the dedicated bicycle path through Coronado Tidelands Park, under the Coronado Bridge, and beside the municipal golf course, then cross Glorietta (which can be busy and has no traffic controls here) and ride on the sidewalk to the bikeway entry at Pomona. This will add two miles to your trip each way. South end: At the foot of 13th Street, near Cypress Avenue, Imperial Beach.

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard

Description

Entering the bicycle path at the intersection of Glorietta and Pomona, you travel past the Coronado Yacht Club, then curve left onto the Silver Strand; on your right as you round the curve is the rambling, red-roofed Hotel Del Coronado, built in 1888 (on your return north, you get a full-on view of the hotel, which seems to...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Location: Northern trailhead: Street parking only by trailhead at Pomona and Glorietta. Along Strand Way, blue spaces are scattered in lots at Glorietta Bay Marina, City Hall, Coronado Community Center, and Glorietta Bay Park; from these, enter bikeway via curb cuts at nearest intersection. Southern trailhead: The small lot at Imperial Beach trail entrance has one van-accessible blue space; plentiful street parking nearby.

Accessible Restroom: Limited Accessibility

At Glorietta Bay Park. The sink is too low to roll under, the stall entry may be a tight fit, and there is no turnaround space.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

The restrooms at Silver Strand State Beach are the most accessible I found along this long trail, but entering the park from the bikeway in a wheelchair is difficult; see trail description above. For more information on these restrooms, see Silver Strand State Beach
Avocets skim the waters of San Diego Bay
Avocets skim the waters of San Diego Bay (Eileen Ecklund)

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Additional Information

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Website: www.sandag.org
Managing Agency: San Diego Association of Governments
Nearest City: Coronado/Imperial Beach
Phone: (619) 699-1900
Hours: Always open
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: Metro Transit System 
Reviewed on September 25, 2009
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