Ocean Beach Bike Path & Dog Beach

June 23, 2010 by  

Dog park on the beach

OB’s Dog Beach

        I have decided to delve into the inline skating community of San Diego. Being able to explore (on inline skates) what San Diego has to offer during the middle of the work day is just about the only thing I can do that does not cost money and bring me joy at the same time. Yesterday I decided to skate the Ocean Beach Bike Path, picking it up just north of the Old Town transit center, and it turned out to be the best decision I’ve made in a long time. If you are skating west, the trail ends at the mouth of the San Diego River and it was here that I discovered OB’s Dog Beach.

Ocean Beach Dog Park

Running In The Pacific Ocean With Your Dog

Ocean Beach Dog Park

Dogs Just Want To Have Fun

        This park is HUGE and carries itself inland, up the mouth of the San Diego river for at least a quarter of a mile. When I reached the end of the path, I removed my skates in favor of flip-flips and walked down to the shore. Dogs having fun at the beach is a great thing to watch and is also a great photo op.

Ocean Beach Dog Park

Every Dog Is Your Friend At OB’s Dog Beach

        A dog park is very unique because every square inch of every dog park is fair game for photographers. All you have to do is walk down to the park or in this case, the beach and take pictures of dogs running at full gait up and down the beach and leaping into the air catching toys.

Ocean Beach Dog Park

Dogs Jump Through The Air

        I included the above shot because it shows just how weird the world can be when viewed at 1/2500th of a second. Two dogs playing yet neither one is touching the ground.

Ocean Beach Dog Beach

New Friends At The Dog Beach

        I don’t know why, but the beach brings out the best in a dog. So, plan a trip with your dog to Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach, or just skate the bike path to the park and watch other people having fun with their dogs. You don’t have to take a car or a dog to get to this beach since it is the start/finish of the OB Bike Path. A great set of maps that detail everywhere to bike or skate in the county can be found on the iCommute website.

Ocean Beach Dog Park

Dogs Playing In The Ocean

Ocean Beach Dog Beach

Dogs Playing On The Beach

Ocean Beach Dog Beach Park

Triple Exposure Of A Dog Catching A Disc On The Beach

        A safari like this one really helps to illustrate just how fluid life can be. I had planned on taking pictures of the Ocean Beach Bike Path as a reference for other skaters and bikers, but a giant beach set aside for dogs turned out to be subject instead. I thought it would be a good day because I strapped on my skates and had my camera, and it was, but in a completely different way. For those of you interested in places you can skate or bike without having to worry about automobiles, should click on this link. It will take you to a website that shows you every exclusive bike/skate path in San Diego. They are referred to as RED ROUTES. A red route is a bike/skate path where automobile traffic is forbidden. The Ocean Beach Bike Path, which leads to the dog beach is one of them.


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3 Responses to “Ocean Beach Bike Path & Dog Beach”

  1. Richard on June 24th, 2010 10:16 am

    Great photos and text! Pretty impressive. The river trail you are talking about is part of a larger plan to have a trail and park system along the entire river. The San Diego River Park Foundation is working to make the trail extend from OB all the way to the local mountains. Nearly 52 miles in all. Had you gone east from near Old Town off of Pacific Hwy

    rather than west you would have passed through the Mission Valley Preserve which is a 51 acre open space preserve home to many rare and endangered plants and birds (like the Gnat Catcher and least Bell's Vireo) The trail ends at present at Hotel Circle North.

    At the west side right before getting to the end of the trail at the beach you pass by the coastal dune, intertidal and wetland area. Over 95% of these habitat types have disappeared due to development. The Friends of the San Diego River Mouth, a volunteer group supported by the San Diego River Park Foundation works to preserve and restore the site on the 4th Saturday of odd numbered months from 9am-Noon. The river channel you traveled on from Pac. Hwy is the Southern Wildlife preserve, an important stopover for birds on the Pacific Flyway. A great place for bird watching. We are so lucky in San Diego for having such great opportunities for outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing.

  2. Rachel Whitt on September 14th, 2010 9:50 am

    Found your Roadrunner photos in a search for inspiration for sketching. Really like all the images-around San Diego, etc..

  3. Poodle Dog on April 16th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Cool post, animals are the best.

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