Christmas Bicycle Trip – 6 days, 400 miles, building community.

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Spaces still available!!

Enjoy the holiday season from your bike seat! Join other riders in a six-day, nearly 400 mile journey through the mountains, desert and seacoast of Southern California.

The bicycle trip departs from San Diego on December 26, 2017. Riders return on December 31, 2017.

This event is a fundraiser for Hostelling International San Diego education and outreach programs.

The Christmas Trip is a challenging ride. Participants enjoy spending time together as a rolling community. We enjoy “roughing” it while sleeping on floors, preparing dinner as a team and sharing stories of our daily adventures. Join us!

For questions about the trip, please contact


Thank you to The Bike Revolution in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego for offering 20% off bike rentals for Christmas Bike Trip participants!

The Bike Revolution website

(619) 564-4843

522 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


2017 – We are going in REVERSE!

General Ride Schedule

  • December 26: San Diego to Fallbrook, 60 miles
  • December 27: Fallbrook to Hemet, 55 miles
  • December 28: Hemet to Palm Desert, 55 miles
  • December 29: Palm Desert to Borrego Springs, 80 miles
  • December 30: Borrego Springs to Pine Valley, 70 miles
  • December 31: Pine Valley to San Diego, 50 miles

2017 registration is limited. Book early to reserve your spot!

There are TWO ways to register.

  1. Online registration through

Click HERE to go to the registration site.


  2. Mail-in registration

Find the Trip on Facebook @ HIChristmasBikeTrip


All participants must complete the waiver. Click on the link below to open the waiver.

Christmas Bicycle Trip waiver 2017

Once signed, waivers can be returned by:

(1) scanning and emailing the form to

(2) bringing the form with you to registration the morning of December 26

(3) mailing the form to:

Teresa Love   HI San Diego
739 4th Avenue, Ste 203
San Diego, CA 92101


2017 Ride Fees

$600.00 Sept. 25 – Dec. 24

No registration on December 25

$700.00 Day of (Dec. 26)

Your trip fee covers overnight facilities in multipurpose rooms, community centers, and churches, breakfast and dinner each day, SAG vehicles, leadership, and a commemorative Christmas Trip windbreaker. Riders are responsible for their own lunches.

We “rough it” on this Trip, sleeping on floors and sharing limited bathroom and shower stalls. All riders need to bring their own sleeping sacks, etc. Visit HERE for suggested items to bring along.

REGISTER NOW through SignMeUp.

Ride START and END Location

The Christmas Bicycle Trip start and end is at the University of San Diego (USD). The official address for USD is 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110. However, that address will NOT take you to the location of the ride start.

Information for getting to USD can be found here. We’ll meet in a parking lot on the southwest side of campus. From Linda Vista Rd., turn onto Marian Way. Just as you pass a small guard shack, make a left and follow the driveway into a large parking lot.

Parking and Transportation

Personal vehicles can be left at the USD parking lot and will require a parking permit. Permits are $10 per vehicle and will be available at registration the morning of the ride start.

Shuttle vans will be running from both the HI San Diego Downtown and HI San Diego Point Loma hostels. Please let the front desk staff at the hostel know in advance if you need to catch the shuttle to the ride start. Because so many riders stay with HI USA, it can get very busy in the morning. We will check both hostels before starting the ride so that no one gets left behind.


Overnight accommodations are sparse. Riders are encouraged to bring bedrolls, blow-up mattresses or other means of providing a comfortable sleeping surface. Some riders choose to bring personal tents for set-up outside. You are also able to book alternate accommodations at hotels along the route. Due to the nature of the accommodations and California law, alcohol and smoking are not permitted indoors.


Meals are served buffet-style, with meat and vegetarian options. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own specialty foods. Kitchen space is available at each location.

Elevation Gains

Altitude start           Approx. climbing

Day 1:    76 ft MSL                 3558 ft

Day 2:    766 ft MSL              5864 ft

Day 3:    1664 ft MSL            4974 ft         long downhill into Palm Desert

Day 4:    336 ft MSL              2600 ft

Day 5:    607 ft MSL              8978 ft        steep uphill on Montezuma Grade

Day 6:    3744 ft MSL           2234 ft         Trip ends back at 76 ft MSL

Trips Cancelled or Changed by HI USA
On rare occasions, we must cancel or change trips. If this occurs, HI USA’s responsibility is limited to a refund of any trip reservation money you’ve already paid. HI USA is not responsible for airline tickets, other tickets or payments, or any similar penalties that you may incur as a result of any trip cancellations or changes.

Cancellation Policy
You must notify us directly if you need to cancel from the trip. You can contact the Event Coordinator weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST, at (619) 338-9981 ext. 3202 or The amount of your refund is determined by the date that you notify the Event Coordinator of your cancellation. Trip leaders have no authority to grant or promise refunds. The Cancellation Policy applies to all reservations, regardless of whether or not the leader has notified you of approval. The Event Coordinator regrets that she cannot make exceptions to the Cancellation Policy for any reason, including personal emergencies.
• If cancellation is made within 14 days of the date of the reservation: A full refund will be issued. (This 14-day “Grace Period” is not applicable if the trip start date is within 30 days.)
• If cancellation is made 30 or more days prior to trip start date: Refund will be 75% of registration paid.
• If cancellation is made 29-14 days prior to trip start date: Refund will be 50% of registration paid.
• If cancellation is made 0-13 days prior to trip start date: Refund will be 25% of registration paid.
• Day Of registrations and No Shows are not eligible for a refund.



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