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Old 04-26-20, 11:05 PM
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Camp Pendleton...open or closed?

so for those of us bothered enough to get the (renew it) yearly pass from the office next to the southern base entrance near oceanside....
is the base open currently to cyclists with yearly passes between the southern main gate and the las flores gate? it is occasionally closed for maneuvers and whatnot.
distrustful of the official marines website-updated for cyclists. share the open/closed status for either here. you just may save someone a 17 mile backtracking + freeway ride...

rode through a few months ago with current id, north to south, pre-covid-19 ramifications.

and supposedly, the base will reach out on facebook to local cycling groups in regards to base closures but i'm not on facebook and guessing there's a other few cyclists
in the region that aren't in a local club or on facebook.

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Old 04-27-20, 06:42 PM
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and for that matter...san onofre state beach i assume is closed currently. so regarding freeway miles, those that are travelling coastally between orange county and san diego county
are (at the least) doing it for 7-8 miles. if both san onofre state beach and camp pendleton are closed to cyclists, it's approx 17 miles o' freeway riding.
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Yuck. Although "closed" seems to be an easily circumvented thing based on what's going on in Santa Monica.
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^let's just say that both camp pendleton and san onofre state beach have a lot less entry points for cyclists than santa monica...
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A friend who lives in SC did some recon the other day (roughly 4/29) and said the trestles path is closed to all traffic. San-O Bluffs Campground is also closed for camping and all traffic. I was hoping it was at least open to riding a bike through as many parks are. This means getting on the freeway at Christianitos and exiting at Harbor Drive if you must get to O-side, 18 miles on the 5 fwy.
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A friend who lives in SC did some recon the other day (roughly 4/29) and said the trestles path is closed to all traffic. San-O Bluffs Campground is also closed for camping and all traffic. I was hoping it was at least open to riding a bike through as many parks are. This means getting on the freeway at Christianitos and exiting at Harbor Drive if you must get to O-side, 18 miles on the 5 fwy.
been there. done that. can live without doing it again. might be a good opportunity to recalibrate heart/power numbs tho...
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The freeway can be pretty tolerable on weekends but then the cars aren't going much faster than bikes. In today's environment, there are fewer cars and they're going faster than ever. 18 miles would be pretty nerve rattling I imagine.
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Old 05-16-20, 09:54 PM
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rode through camp pendleton (with current base-issued id) twice today. no issues. rode to the northern/auto entrance for san onofre state beach as well.
plenty of cyclists riding through the long stretch of state beach parking lot. northern entrance gate closed and staffed with park ranger but cyclists could
enter/exit through the exit gate which was open. restrooms are all closed. didn't check water availability.

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This morning I went to the visitor center at he main gate and attempted to get the new cycling pass. My app was taken and I was told to wait outside. They called me about 20 minutes later and told me to return to the window. I was told they were no longer issuing bicycle passes. I asked if that meant I wasn't allowed to access the base and he said that he didn't have anything to do with access. ????


ETA: I just googled and found this: Effective 08 May 2020, the issuance of new and renewal DBIDS passes for the Recreational Bike Route has been suspended

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Old 05-18-20, 01:28 PM
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Damn, thanks for saving me a trip
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I thought it was "Camp Henderson"?








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How many bike passes do you think they issue in a year?
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Old 05-18-20, 07:16 PM
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^guessing about 1,500-1,750 a year or 4-5 a day on average (closed weekends and assuming holidays). at least they're free.
hoping they're back up and running soon...
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rode through today with new id (north to south). no issues except for a couple of gnarly, tree roots bumps on the rightmost, southbound lane in the shade at the start of the family housing (before the school) on the base.
they are gnarly enuff to cause a crash if you're not paying attention, riding one handed, et al. they are not currently spray-paint flagged so watch out. saw two, 6+ riders group rides within the camp today.
could be a bad situation since all the bumps are within ten yards.

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Old 09-30-20, 10:23 PM
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rode through today with new id (north to south). no issues except for a couple of gnarly, tree roots bumps on the rightmost, southbound lane in the shade at the start of the family housing (before the school) on the base.
they are gnarly enuff to cause a crash if you're not paying attention, riding one handed, et al. they are not currently spray-paint flagged so watch out. saw two, 6+ riders group rides within the camp today.
could be a bad situation since all the bumps are within ten yards.
I know exactly what you're talking about. I use the traffic lane to go around them. How bout that big hole under the cones on the downhill to the river? Good thing those cones are there. Going northbound, there's a nice square edge onto the last bridge just before Los Pulgas that will rattle your fillings. There's a nice downhill to gain some speed just previous. Yesterday I stood and unweighted the saddle but still had to look to see if my bottle was still in the cage.
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I know exactly what you're talking about. I use the traffic lane to go around them. How bout that big hole under the cones on the downhill to the river? Good thing those cones are there. Going northbound, there's a nice square edge onto the last bridge just before Los Pulgas that will rattle your fillings. There's a nice downhill to gain some speed just previous. Yesterday I stood and unweighted the saddle but still had to look to see if my bottle was still in the cage.
and much of the route got repaved recently. still, we as cyclists, need to remember/realize that there is a lot of heavy machinery rolling down/across segments
that are designated as the only permissible bike route through the base and be vigilant. that main bridge across the santa margarita river on the southern end strikes me as being
at least 6 decades old...if not older. much of its architecture is eerily reminiscent of the fdr new deal projects executed in socal. i'm not here to rip on the marine corps but curious about
the bridge/road maintenance (as far as it concerns we cyclists on the only route) and wondering if the authority for budgeting/repair/maintenance falls to caltrans, the federal govt or some mixture of both.
i may be banned from riding through for even raising such a query but hopefully not. safety benefits everyone.

on the plus side, the marine that checked me in at the las pulgas gate yesterday around 10:30am was super-friendly and respectful. nicest marine i've come across in maybe 50 trips through the base.
if i came across him in a social food/drink setting, i would pay for his (and date/buddies) bill/tab in a heartbeat.

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Are they back to issuing passes again? Mine expired last month. If not, are they honoring expired passes?
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Are they back to issuing passes again? Mine expired last month. If not, are they honoring expired passes?
They are currently issuing/renewing passes. The time required varies. It was only 30 minutes for me.
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