Central Coast South

Easygoing San Luis Obispo--a college town with enviable weather, hills and a centralized downtown area--could be an ideal in-line community. But because downtown skating is in violation of city ordinances, local enthusiasts have had to map out some scenic but demanding road skates outside of town. If you're into endurance or speed training, the 10-mile trip from "SLO-Town" (as locals call it) to Avila Beach offers the well-earned rewards of sun, sand, and sea.

Then again, if a quiet roll through a valley filled with oaks and past a windmill and cud-chewing bovines is more your style, head to the hills east of the historic village of Arroyo Grande (my hometown).

Down the coast in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, the picturesque marinas and seaside routes in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Oxnard attract a devoted in-line crowd. Just inland from Ventura, rugged Pine Mountain towers over the gorgeous Ojai Valley Trail, a not-to-be-missed skating tour for all levels. Father south, the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains have gentle slopes that spice up the skating in the Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley areas.

Trail City Distance Scenic Ability Pavement
Pozo Road Arroyo Grande 8 mi
Scenic Beauty - 4 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Advanced
Pavement Quality OK
Ranchita Estates Arroyo Grande 6 mi
Scenic Beauty - 4 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality OK
Avila Beach to San Luis Obispo Avila Beach 20 mi
Scenic Beauty - 2 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Advanced
Pavement Quality OK
Bob Jones City-to-the-Sea Trail Avila Beach 5.6 mi
Scenic Beauty - 4 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality OK
Ojai Valley Trail South Casitas Springs 8 mi
Scenic Beauty - 4 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality OK
Atascadero Creek Trail Goleta 7.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
Maria Ygnacia Creek Goleta 6 mi
Scenic Beauty - 2 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Advanced
Pavement Quality Rough
UCSB Campus Goleta 4 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
Moorpark College Moorpark 3 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality OK
Oak Canyon Park Oak Park 4 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality Smooth
Ojai Valley Trail North Ojai 9 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality OK
Channel Islands Harbor Oxnard 2 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
Oxnard State Beach Park Oxnard 4 mi
Scenic Beauty - 4 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
River Ridge Oxnard 4.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 2 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality OK
Urban Shell Beach Pismo Beach 4 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality Rough
Bubbling Springs Greenbelt Port Hueneme 4.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality OK
Hueneme Beach Park Port Hueneme 3 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
French Park San Luis Obispo 0.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality Smooth
Perfumo Canyon Road San Luis Obispo 5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Advanced
Pavement Quality OK
Santa Rosa Park San Luis Obispo 0.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 2 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
Shoreline Park Santa Barbara 1.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 4 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality Smooth
Shoreline Trail Santa Barbara 6.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 4 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
Arroyo Simi Bikeway Simi Valley 11 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Advanced
Pavement Quality Rough
Wood Ranch Parkway Simi Valley 3.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Advanced
Pavement Quality Smooth
Medea Creek Trail Thousand Oaks 3 mi
Scenic Beauty - 2 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Advanced
Pavement Quality Smooth
County Government Center Ventura 8 mi
Scenic Beauty - 2 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
Marina Park Ventura 5.5 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Beginner
Pavement Quality Smooth
Surfer's Point Bike Path Ventura 3 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality Rough
Ventura River Trail Ventura 12.6 mi
Scenic Beauty - 3 of 4
Minimum Suggested Ability - Intermediate
Pavement Quality OK
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