Stretching along the Ventura oceanfront, the Omer Rains Trail packs plenty of coastal scenery into its 4 miles. The trail starts at San Buenaventura State Beach and passes along low sand dunes before reaching Ventura’s 1,620-foot wooden pier, one of the oldest and longest on the West Coast. Pedaling onward in front of the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, you’ll roll beneath the palm trees at Surfer’s Point, home to C Street, Ventura’s most famous surf break (and a good place to stop and watch surfers in action). Past the Ventura County Fairgrounds, veer inland along the Ventura River estuary before crossing a bridge. After a brief stretch away from the ocean, the trail returns to the coast and parallels the train tracks, bringing views out over a wilder beach, before ending at Old Rincon Parkway. Return the way you came. Seaside cycle complete.
BONUS: Already celebrated for oysters and clams that you shuck and cook on grills at San Buenaventura Beach, The Jolly Oyster food trailer has added a truck that serves such delicacies as stone crab tostadas and clam pozole. The corn tortillas are handmade!
You can access the Omer Rains Trail (map) at several points along Ventura’s oceanfront but the most convenient spot is San Buenaventura State Beach (map and directions), where parking is $10. The route we’ve recommended is 8 miles (round-trip). Dog-friendly!