March 17, 2005
Civilian Cyclists allowed back on Camp Pendleton
A lot has happened in recent days that has caused me to investigate, and update, a Feb. 23 story written under the above headline.
It all started with this:
FEB. 3, 2005 -- According to the website for The Scout, the base Newspaper for Camp Pendleton Marine Base:
BASE ACCESS FOR CYCLISTS:
Limited civillian bicycle traffic has resumed through Camp Pendleton, providing access to bicyclists through the Main Gate to points north. Bicyclists seeking access must wear helmets and carry a valid driver’s license or state-issued I.D. Access will be permitted...
I contacted Base Police for a clarification for folks riding from the San Clemente side, and while I got some good news, unknown to me the question of access was STILL VERY MUCH UP IN THE AIR...
Today I got DEFINITIVE ANSWERS.
Correspondent Bob B. had written me of a succesful group ride in both directions on 2/25 and 2/27 made possible when "a member of our group produced a copy of the base webpage announcing the new policy."
Correspondent John B. wrote me about being refused access last week, and of learning that many others were also being denied.
So, this morning, I started making phone calls to the MP's, Physical Security for the base, and FINALLY to the main MP OPS section where all was at last revealed by the most helpful Lance Corporal Mark McClure who patiently listened to all I had to say about the situation, and the confusion riders were experiencing, even going so far as to look at the webpage in question.
He talked to his Gunnery Sergeant, made phone calls, sent e-mails, explained to me that The Scout was only partially correct, and promised that all would be straightened out so that everyone, from the MP's at the gates, to the Web Advisories would all be working on the same wave length.
As Mark wrote me:
I questioned my leiutenant about the bike route being open to civilians and come to find out he submitted the new order for civilian cyclists stating that the bike road would be open the whole week instead of the weekend. We do not have a base order on it, but I have confirmed that the Commanding General is aware that this NEW ORDER IS IN EFFECT AS OF JANUARY 15, 2005. I don't have an eta as to when the order number will be produced. I hope the information I provide will help alleviate the confusion. Below are what my Gunnery Seargeant and leutenant provided me.
Mark D. McClure Jr. (MP Company Operations)
From: Guidos, 1stLt Jason
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 12:12
To: McClure, LCpl Mark D
Subject: 1. Bike Hours 2. Route Hours
It is open to the public on Monday - Friday from the hours of 0830-1100 and from 1330-1530
Saturdays and Sundays from the hours of 0700 to 1700
Took effect Jan 15, 2005.
After this he later forwarded to me ( AND to more than 30 of his comrades on the base who needed to be aware of the rules as well, aparently ) what should be considered the OFFICIAL WORD on the current rules for ACCESS BY CIVILIAN RECREATIONAL BICYCLISTS:
ATTENTION RECREATIONAL BICYCLISTS
Hours of operation
Monday - Friday from the hours of 0830-1100 and from 1330-1530
Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The below map indicates the only authorized recreational bicycle route aboard this installation:
( The attatchment he sent me shows a map, and I have written out the route as described there )
Check in at Main Gate, and travel on Vandergrift Blvd.
Left at Stuart Mesa Rd.
Pass Camp Las Flores.
Exit Las Pulgas Gate, and go left on Las Pulgas Canyon Rd. to Bike Trail to San Clemente.
After leaving the Bike Trail at Las Pulgas Canyon Rd. the cyclist can once again turn left and travel to the Gate for entrance to the base, instead of right to take the freeway.
Left on Las Pulgas Road and check in a Camp Pendleton Gate.
Just beyond gate go
Right on Stuart Mesa Rd.
Pass Camp Las Flores and stay right on Stuart Mesa
Right on Vandergrift Blvd., and pass out of Camp Pendleton Gate, and under freeway to become Harbor Dr.
The following rules apply to all individuals utilizing the bicycle course:
Do not deviate from the above-identified route. Failure to stay on the route can result in a citation for trespassing.
All individuals utilizing the course must have picture identification.
A safety helmet must be worn.
Bicyclists must remain in single file
Racing is unauthorized.
Unless you are accompanied by base personnel bicycling is not allowed anywhere else on the base except during special events held there several times a year.
( For example: Only those civilian riders participating in this Saturdays Iron Man event will be allowed on base that day )
Access thru the San Clemente gate, at Christianitos, or the gate at Basilone, is a no-no.
It is my understanding that The Scout Advisory page will EVENTUALLY be corrected to reflect the above information in its own OFFICIAL NOTICE.
For now, I'd suggest you recommend THIS PAGE as a definitive source of information.
FEEL FREE TO COPY, AND PASTE, THE ABOVE NOTICE FOR YOUR RECORDS, AND TO SHARE WITH ANY OTHER CYCLISTS WHO MIGHT WANT THIS INFORMATION.
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Has anyone gotten onto the base from Oceanside since the last post? Was going to head up there this week but wanted to make sure it is actually officially open.
Posted by: Oceansidecyclist | Mar 22, 2005 8:57:04 PM
So far no-one has reported in.
Until we hear otherwise we will just have to take their word that it's open.
Posted by: Kiril Kundurazieff | Mar 22, 2005 11:41:15 PM
I rode through on Saturday two weeks ago after showing my driver's license. Last week I was denied entry as the guard told me I needed to be accompanied by a service memeber. Anyone know what the status actually is?
Posted by: Phil | Jun 8, 2005 11:25:33 AM
My suggestion to anyone planning a ride is to print out this post in its entirety and show it at the gate IF YOU ARE DENIED ENTRY, and ask that the officer check with his superiors on the current status of this order.
Please feel free to report back to me with any story of what happened.
Posted by: Kiril Kundurazieff | Jun 9, 2005 12:18:48 PM
I will be riding through tomorrow morning on my way to San Diego. I'll let you know how it goes.
and I don't have a license yet so I'm hoping my learner's permit will suffice...
Posted by: Daniel Gifford | Aug 11, 2010 2:46:24 PM
Riding through Camp Pendleton was a very enjoyable experience!!
They were very nice, and all I needed was any sort of photo identification!
It was pretty cool to get a "Good Morning" from a few guys driving by in a tank. ;-D
Posted by: Daniel Gifford | Aug 14, 2010 8:44:51 PM