Ortega Highway

116 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing
Ortega Highway • Route Profile
Route Profile

Ortega Highway • Climbs

Cat. 3: Mile 15
Cat. 4: Mile 54

Ortega Highway • Description

This ride starts in Dana Point Harbor and follows a big south-eastern loop to Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Oceanside, and back to the start.
After San Juan Capistrano, Ortega Highway gradually climbs to the highest point of the route, before descending to Lake Elsinore. The ride then passes through Wildomar and Murrieta on the way to Temecula.
It continues on Old Highway 395, crossing Freeway 15, before climbing East Mission Road into Fallbrook. South Mission Road leads down to Bonsall, and Highway 76 connects to Oceanside.
The ride then follows the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, passing through Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base and San Clemente, before returning to Dana Point.

Ortega Highway • Interactive Map

Ortega Highway • Pictures

Dana Point - Torrey Pines - Dana Point • Dana Point
Dana Point
Dana Point - Torrey Pines - Dana Point • Oceanside

Ortega Highway • Personal Notes

Ortega Highway is popular with motorcyclists, but relatively unsafe for cyclists. It is best to ride early in the day when traffic is minimal.
See Also: Gran Fondos & Centuries