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This is the second article in our pier-to-pier series. Our goal is to collect profiles of routes along the Southern California coast as a resource that will help riders and bicycle tourists safely navigate the coastline. This particular segment takes you from the Ventura pier south to the Santa Monica pier. The route makes only a few turns through Ventura and Oxnard, and continues primarily along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu towards Santa Monica. This is a flat, point-to-point route 58 miles in length and features many iconic views of the Southern California coastline.
Route Start Ventura Pier
Route Finish Santa Monica Pier
Starting from the Ventura Pier, make your way south along the bike path that parallels Harbor Blvd. The path will continue along San Buenaventura State beach for about a mile until it pops you into a neighborhood on Pierpont Blvd. Rejoin Harbor Blvd by turning onto Peninsula St. By turning on Peninsula St., rather than Seaward Ave., you’ll bypass the busy car traffic from the 101 Hwy on-ramp and Marina Village Shopping Center.
Continue south on Harbor about seven miles until Harbor turns into Channel Islands Blvd. This road will take you along the border of Port Hueneme which is home to a US Naval Base. Ride past Ventura Road and turn right on J Street. Continue for two miles and then turn left on Hueneme Rd. Ride four miles and you will have ventured inland, well away from the California coastal vistas. This is due to the presence of the Naval port and Naval Air Base along the coastline. Be assured that the roads will soon return you to the sea. Turn right onto Naval Air Rd., and ride for three miles until it ends at Las Posas Rd. At this point you can continue south on Highway 1 for the remaining 41 miles and on into Santa Monica.
Almost immediately after joining PCH, the roads start to open up and become more scenic. Along this section of road, you’ll pass Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Zuma Beach, both known for their influence on SoCal’s surfing culture. For anyone interested a detour to experience some elevation changes, several climbs to check out are: Mulholland Hwy, Encinal Canyon, Latigo Canyon, and Topanga Canyon. Be careful on these roads, as they can be tight and winding. -JM