San Diego Bike Paths: Mission Bay Bike Path

Now that Spring is here, it’s the perfect time to go outside and enjoy some of the awesome bike paths San Diego has to offer! If you’re looking for a fun, leisurely ride with plenty of beautiful scenery and cool spots to check out along the way, be sure to check out the Mission Bay bike path.

Here’s an overview of the Mission Bay Bike Path as well as more details about getting the most our of your ride, courtesy of

Mission Bay Bike Path

Mission Bay comprises 4,200 acres in roughly equal parts of land and water, surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline of sandy beaches. Interconnected by a network of waterways, inlets and islets, the bay is best traveled by boat. But if you don’t have a boat and would rather stay dry, biking along easy going pedestrian and bicycle paths is the next best way to explore.

A San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s recommended route incorporates almost 12 miles of flat, scenic bike paths along most of the interior of the bay. With the exception of a few short sections, the route is vehicle free.

850 W. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA 92109


  • This bike route will go through or near more than 10 public parks and two wildlife reserves. Bring your picnic basket, a Frisbee, swimsuit, and a pair of binoculars to enjoy the parks and reserves to their fullest extent.
  • Want more than 12 miles? Extend your ride by biking around Fiesta Island, further along the San Diego River, or along the Mission Beach/Pacific Beach boardwalk—all easily accessible from the recommended route.


  • Although the City of San Diego and the State of California don’t require adult bicyclists to wear helmets, it is strongly suggested you do.
  • California does require all bicyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet.
  • Along the pedestrian and bike paths around Mission Bay, a speed limit of 8 miles per hour allows a safe environment for all people. Look for the 8 mph markings painted on the route.


  • Mission Bay is bordered to the east by the 5 FWY and East Mission Bay Drive, to the West by Mission Blvd, to the north by Grand Avenue and to the south by West Mission Bay Drive and Sea World Drive.
  • Ingraham Street runs north-south dead through the middle of the park via a series of islands and bridges. Check the map above to determine where you’re heading and how best to get there.


  • If you’re transporting your bikes in or on a vehicle, there are plenty of parking lots around Mission Bay and surrounding beaches.
  • There are two large parking lots close by the bike route’s recommended start point, but plenty of parks with parking at other points along the route.
  • The parking lots around the bay fill up quickly during the summer so come early. Street parking restrictions are strictly enforced.

What are your favorite spots to ride in San Diego besides the Mission Bay Bike Path? Let us know in the comments below!

Keep pedaling!

The Bike Garage Team