Pomerado Long Loop

Pomerado is an excellent intermediate ride. While it isn't too long and difficult, it isn't too short either. It offers good roads with decent shoulders and some good scenery. It has longer hills, and some short, punchy hills. This is a true loop - a rarity in this area!

The short section of this ride on the freeway is perhaps the worst part of the ride, aesthetically. However, the shoulder's width provides a full lane's buffer from cars, and the alternative is easily 45-60 minutes longer.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2.5-3 hours

Distance: 79.07 kilometers

Climbing: 903 meters

Start at Regents Rd. and Eastgate Mall. Head north on Regents Rd.

0.15 KM Turn right onto Eastgate Mall. Continue across I-805 and bear right with the curve of the road.

3.54 KM Turn left onto Miramar Road. I have found that the light sensor fails to sense a bicycle, so you may have to press the walk button.

10.63 KM Miramar Rd. turns into Pomerado Road at the crossing of I-15. Before this intersection you will need to merge to the left twice for two forced right-hand turn lanes.

16.83 KM At the top of the climb, turn right at the light. The road remains Pomerado Rd. Continue on Pomerado for nearly 17 km.

33.54 KM Enter the left turn lane for Interstate 15 North, towards Escondido. You will ride on the shoulder, part of the way with barriers on your left.

35.32 KM Exit the freeway at the first off-ramp. Carefully move to the left turn lane, in order to turn left onto West Via Rancho Parkway.

40.76 KM After a few hills, turn left onto Del Dios Hwy (S6). This corner intersects the path of Elfin Forest.

54.67 KM You'll enter a small, upscale community called Rancho Santa Fe. After you pass the shops, Take a soft right onto Linea Del Cielo, which is also called S6.

59.59 KM Go straight through the stop sign with cross street Highland Dr. The road changes name to Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Continue on this road, under the freeway, and up the gradual hill. On the descent down into Solana beach, you will have to make your way over to the left.

63.06 KM Turn left onto Old Hwy 101. Continue along the coast back toward UCSD campus.