We love driving down to Will Rogers State Beach from time to time, bring the bikes and enjoy the Marvin Braude Coastal Bicycle Path along the Pacific Ocean.
This fun 22 mile path takes you from Pacific Palisades as far as Torrance. Depending on how far you want to go and if you have kids with you, there are so many spots to stop along the way.
To get to Will Rogers State Beach from the Conejo Valley, take the 101 to Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road south to PCH, then about 9 miles down PCH to Will Rogers (17000 PCH), just east of Gladstones and Sunset Boulevard. Parking at Will Rogers varies based on when you go; I last recall paying $10.
The path doesn't actually start at Will Rogers Beach as it is a walking path only at this point. Ride the bike through the parking lot to the start of the bike path at Temescal Canyon Road. And, you're off!
From the start of the path, here are some approximate distances to destinations:
- Santa Monica Pier - 3.2 miles
- Venice Pier - 5.8 miles
- Marina del Rey - 8.7 miles
- Playa del Rey - 9.9 miles
- Dockweiler Beach - 12.5 miles
- Manhattan Beach Pier - 16.5 miles
- Hermosa Beach Pier - 18.2 miles
- Redondo Beach Pier - 20.4 miles
- Torrance Beach - 22.3 miles (endpoint)
With younger kids, the Santa Monica Pier makes a perfect 6 1/2 mile round trip destination as you can stop, eat lunch and have some fun at Pacific Park, then ride back. Or kick it a few notches and ride to/through Venice Beach for all the action.
There are plenty of restrooms water stops and of course non-stop BEACH to enjoy here, making this one of my favorite destination for bicycling with the family. And of course, you don't have to park at Will Rogers...you can park anywhere on PCH in and around the bike path to enjoy it.
Of course you do have to be careful of sand on the path, pedestrians/beach goers crossing and walking on the path, other cyclists, runners, roller bladers and crowds.