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The Biker's Guide To Class I* Rides

June 18, 1988|Clipboard researched by Susan Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Page designed by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Santa Ana River Trail

This trail is now nearly complete to Featherly Regional Park, and with a minor detour along Santa Ana Canyon Road it is possible to ride all the way from Huntington Beach to the Riverside County line, a round trip of more than 60 miles. As the trail follows the river bed for most of its length, the ride is generally flat. Access to the trail is provided at a number of cross streets in the county.

San Gabriel River Trail

Technically in Los Angeles County, this relatively flat trail offers beach access to residents of Buena Park, La Palma, Cypress and Los Alamitos.

Aliso Creek Trail

This scenic, moderately-difficult trail winds for about 10 miles through relatively undeveloped bottomland from Cook's Corner, at the intersection of Santiago Canyon Road and Live Oak Canyon Road, to the boundary of Laguna Niguel Regional Park. When it is complete, the trail will extend to the beach at South Laguna.

San Juan Creek Trail

The trail follows San Juan Creek several miles into the foothills from its mouth in Capistrano Beach. It will eventually extend parallel to Ortega Highway all the way to Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Regional Park.

Huntington State Beach Park Trail

Cyclists who want to ride along the beach without hassling traffic on busy Pacific Coast Highway can ride from Bolsa Chica Beach State Park to the Newport Pier, more than 10 miles, along this scenic trail.

San Diego Creek Trail

This trail winds through Irvine, passing William R. Mason Regional Park and ending on a newly-constructed raised bikeway that crosses the northern end of scenic Upper Newport Bay.

* Class I -- Off Automobile Roads

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