Explore the most popular trails near Oceanside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Nice trail to bring the parents for an easy evening stroll!

We arrived at 7:30am. The fog was still low, so the temperature was perfect and scenery was still pretty. Saw lots of ducks, a heron, and an egret on the water.

1 month ago

My heart sings when I see the pier.

I remember watching it be destroyed in the 80's by an insane storm when I was roughly 7-8 years old. My uncle Albert, an avid surfer at the time was devisated by the damage left by the storm. I also remember my grandmother going at him pretty good for taking me outside during that storm.

I met the most wonderful Hawaiian girl named Sam next to the Pier... That was a great summer!

My HS class picture was taken on the base of the pier. Go Pirates! I have dozens of stories about this great place. I can go on and on.... The sunsets here are a must see. I highly recommend stopping in Oceanside and walking the pier at least ounce in your life.

This is a great hike for any day and weather. pushing 90 outside, and with the wind, made for an excellent time out.

Underestimated the Trail, but was a Good one Started at 6:30 am. Made it to the Top GREAT VIEW

absolutely beautiful!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Super easy

road biking
2 months ago

This is a great trail for biking as it goes on for miles with no street crossing to make. Beautiful scenery and tranquil away from road noise. You can really get going fast if you feel the need. We saw Sky Divers descending from the clouds on the way back as we rode past the Oceanside Airport!

trail running
3 months ago

Great flats and hills to practice on. Not too many people. Impossible to get lost in. Easy 5 miler.

Trails need to be marked clearer Not the worst but not the best

3 months ago

Beautiful and relaxing walk!

Great place for simple exercise walk or Mtb.
Coyotes. Rabbits. Squirrels. Raccoons. Snakes.
And I think I spotted a Weasel!
Ducks and Geese in the big lake.
Plenty of camping with just-upgraded sites.
Reservations needed.
Some very LOUD Peacocks in a nearby yard.

Nice local trail, only 10 minutes from home, great outing for families. It’s appalling that people won’t pick up after their dogs; don’t see this on the Batiquitos trail, more civilized hikers, it seems.

Beautiful scenery. Away from any roads. Trail not marked and a bit hard to navigate

Very beautiful and scenic easy hike. Perfect for close by hike

Really nice trails, very wide. Lots of friendly people out. Bathrooms by the playground. You can either park in the park and pay $3 or you can walk a little extra and park down the road in the neighborhoods. Very dog friendly, lots of trash cans too.

6 months ago

The wind is chilly every time I come here. Good views and good vibes.

trail running
7 months ago

The mission is nice but this is more running through neighborhoods than hiking or trail running.

7 months ago

Crowded but fun, and the water is always beautiful. Go on a Thursday night if you don’t mind crowds, and you can pair it with a stroll through the Sunset Market. Skip the burger joint at the end of the pier, there are loads of wonderful food trucks at the market, but grab a giant pier pickle at the stand halfway down and check out the cool historical pictures on a bulletin board across from the shack. It can get cold, so wear layers.

8 months ago

Fun. No dogs allowed. Easy. Usually crowded. Take a sweatshirt as the winds can be chilly across the pier.

Good go to trail for us. Not a lot of people; clean; safe; nice scenery. The trails are not all clearly market which is a problem if you don’t know the area. If you take a wrong turn, you may wind up in a residential or busy traffic area. Be aware. Get your GPS in the know. Have fun. Be safe.

8 months ago

A 99.9% flat bike path along an urban riparian area from the valley to the coast. Definitely stroller/family friendly. I love how accessible this makes the beach to families in the valley of Oceanside/Vista. I am visiting family here and the path goes right by their neighborhood and my niece’s junior high; we don’t really have a pedestrian/bike only byway like that where I’m from in Santa Cruz. It’s nice not to be contending with traffic. I walked my sister’s dog along it and had a nice enough time, although I can tell that it would be much more fun if I were a biker. At Mance Buchanan park there is a spot to fill your tires, and I’m sure there are more along the way. Not exactly scenic until you get to the coast; however, I did see quite a bit of wildlife, including a huge coyote that lumbered up onto the path, and lots of birds including hawks or falcons.

The good: wetlands boardwalk is gorgeous. That portion of the trail is very nicely maintained. Visually speaking, you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere rather than in the middle of a busy city.

The bad: the trails are very narrow and nearly impossible to pass people if anyone has a dog with them. Ice cream truck at the park played very loud, respective music for 20 minutes, which could be heard everywhere on the trails and kinda ruined the nature for me. Offleash dogs not with their owners in multiple places (people playing fetch with their dogs, so the dogs were quite a ways away from their owner, retrieving a ball or frisbee). Lots of graffiti on trees and rocks on the side trails. Group of adult men smoking weed in a bong up on top of some giant rocks along the trail staring down at me while I hiked past, in the middle of the afternoon when kids were at the park nearby; gave it a very creepy vibe. I certainly wouldn’t return alone without my dogs.

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Easy family friendly and then you can play at the beach

9 months ago

Better to walk during the week than the weekend. Late Friday tends to be packed.

Fun as f ck

Enjoyed an easy hike with some nice weather.

I really like that they have a free outside gym area with some machinery. super chill.

road biking
10 months ago

I use this bike path all the time when I wanna ride from vista to the coat

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