We have some of the best local trails for bicycle enthusiasts. The available options are seemingly endless when it comes to locations, scenery, and difficulty. Regardless of experience level, there is a trail for every rider. So, if you are looking for an amazing day outing and place to ride, check out this list of trails.
The Huntington Beach Bike Trail follows two of California’s most picturesque beaches – Newport and Huntington – and offers access to a variety of communities, piers, and city streets. There are a variety of parking options along the trail, but parking is a challenge.
There are services galore from one end of the trail to the other so carrying a lot of supplies is not necessary. Bring a water bottle and plan to stop at one of the many food kiosks and cafés along the way to refuel.
Riders who prefer a more diverse landscape (and who don’t mind sharing their riding space with a variety of other kinds of riders and pedestrians) will greatly appreciate the river trail options available.
The Santa Ana River Trail is a shared byway for cyclists, pedestrians, and even equestrian enthusiasts. It is a massive trail that spans three counties with trailheads in Orange County at places like Huntington Beach State Park and Yorba Regional Park with another eight in between. The trail is also split into three regions: the upper, middle and lower. The lower trail is situated mostly in Orange County and provides the most rustic river side biking experience. The middle trail is the most urbanized section, and the upper trail is the most challenging, traversing mountain passes and ascending into high elevations. On the east side, Santa Ana River Trail extends to San Bernardino. This section goes from Fairmount Park in the City of Riverside to Van Buren Avenue. Well-traveled by bicyclists, joggers, and walkers, this section is entirely paved. It is generally well-signed, albeit broken up by the streets around Ryan Bonaminio Park. The route parallels the Santa Ana River Wildlife Area with views of Mt. Rubidoux. It winds through Martha McLean / Anza Narrows Park which marks the area traversed by Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and his party in 1774. From the park, the river channel becomes a large woodland. The trail continues past Van Buren Avenue to Hidden Valley Nature Reserve near Norco.
The San Gabriel River Bicycle Path runs north-south from Whittier Narrows to Seal Beach. It is part of a 60-mile loop of bike trails extending north out of Los Angeles County and back. Popular entry points include The Angeles National Forest, Foothill San Gabriel River, Santa Fe Dam and Santa Fe Springs Park. The trail offers wonderful views of the San Gabriel River and San Jose Creek. Parking issues can be avoided by using public transportation. Both buses and trains along the trail are capable of towing bicycles.
Mountain trails offer some of the most breathtaking views, but their elevations and terrain can make for a challenging riding experience. Only intermediate to experienced riders should attempt some of the mountain trails in this area, but some of these offer great riding experiences for the whole family. The advantage to these areas is that they do have established trails.
Ride down the face of Snow Summit. It’s So Cal’s only lift-served bike park! They have teamed up with Gravity Logic, a leader in the mountain bike industry to design all new trails for mountain bikes with no restrictions other than the 45-lb. bike weight limit.
The San Gabriel River West Fork ascends into the mountains and provides some amazing views and activities along the way. Peaceful rivers and waterways and level trails make for an enjoyable ride for most experience levels. It is also a great area for trout fishing and spotting blue herons, which are in abundance all along the trail. The trailhead is just outside Azusa near the San Gabriel Dam.
Chino Hills State Park offers a network of trails with varying difficulty levels set on 13,000 acres. Maps are available at their website and at the park entrance. Check the website for operating dates but even when the entrance is closed, there are entry points to the trail that are available year-round. Cyclists and hikers agree that this state park is one of the best areas for a variety of trails and for a quiet, back to nature environment. In all, Chino Hills offers more than 65 miles of trails suitable for biking and hiking.
There really is nowhere like home to find such an eclectic array of options for the cycling enthusiast. From densely populated tourist areas to remote mountain passes, anyone’s ideal riding environment is within an easy distance. W