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Old 06-14-12, 06:39 PM   #1
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Family friendly route?

Looking to go on a family friendly ride this Sunday before celebrating fathers day with the family. I will be trailering my 4yr old son while my 6yr old son rides his own bike.

I am looking for suggestions on nice family friendly routes (less than 10 miles round trip) that are fairly flat. I'm thinking a nice beach ride would be good and am looking for some feedback. We did a bike path in Rancho Cucamunga a few weeks back and would like to try something else. I've ruled all the river trails out (SART, SGRT, LART). Too many guys on road bikes that I'm afraid my 6yr old would run into one.

Thanks for any suggestions. We live in Corona so hopefully not any place too far.
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Old 06-14-12, 07:33 PM   #2
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Actually the SART is not bad. At 6 years, your kid should be mature enough to understand the concept of staying to the right. Last time I rode it there were lots of families.
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Thanks! but understanding the concept and actually adhering to the concept are two different things, unfortunately. Maybe I should give him the benefit of the doubt!
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You have an 11 foot synapse?

If you drive way down TO the beach, the bike path along the sand is pretty slow going and would be fun for a young kid. The roadies will stick to riding on PCH itself so no conflicts there. Other than that, the part of SART from green river to Yorba park is fairly lightly traveled, especially later when the day starts warming up.
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You could start at Yorba Regional Park. It's just a short drive from Corona. There are a lot of paved trails through the park with very light foot and bike traffic. There are also a lot of ducks and other wildlife to keep the kids interested. Then, if your son is doing well, you could try a couple of miles on the SART.

By the way, happy Father's Day! Have fun!

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Well, this is a long way from Corona, but the Rincon bikeway between Ventura and Carpenteria fit most of your bill. Flat, along the beach, free parking in many spots, not much traffic, wide bikeways.

Long drive from Corona though. And even longer going home.
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Actually the SART is not bad. At 6 years, your kid should be mature enough to understand the concept of staying to the right. Last time I rode it there were lots of families.
Staying on the right is one thing, but on SART, you stay too far to the right, you're going over the bank,,, and its a long way down. I didn't feel contfortable taking my daughter there until she was close to 10. I would suggest the bike paths along the beach in Long Beach are pretty mellow, Redondo,Hermosa and Manhattan beach have nice paths to ride on and so do Santa Monica, Venice beach.
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The SART is ok, but not before noon on a weekend, lot of warriors plowing through there and the scenery is not so good until you get nearer the coast. Santa Fe Recreation area is good as it is mellow and has some wide open spaces.

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http://www.labikepaths.com/bike-paths/thompson-creek/
If you are in the area, this path in Claremont is nice and short. You get some views of the local mountains. You can park at the end of Mills or where it meets Mt Baldy rd. No steep banks to worry about, like the river trails.
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Looking to go on a family friendly ride this Sunday before celebrating fathers day with the family. I will be trailering my 4yr old son while my 6yr old son rides his own bike.

I am looking for suggestions on nice family friendly routes (less than 10 miles round trip) that are fairly flat. I'm thinking a nice beach ride would be good and am looking for some feedback. We did a bike path in Rancho Cucamunga a few weeks back and would like to try something else. I've ruled all the river trails out (SART, SGRT, LART). Too many guys on road bikes that I'm afraid my 6yr old would run into one.

Thanks for any suggestions. We live in Corona so hopefully not any place too far.
Nearest lake to Corona would be Lake Mathews but for the Pacific, it would be Huntington Beach with its shoreline stretch of about 8.5 miles. Take the 91 to the 55 which becomes Newport Blvd. That will take you to Pacific Coast Hwy and then turn right towards Huntington Beach. That long stretch is a State Beach and when it gets closer to Beach Blvd, it is a City beach (Park).

To get an overview of the H.B. riding experience, I would start at the H.B. pier (Main Street) and then go south to the end which is the mouth of the Santa Ana River (SART). Then ride back to the Pier and grab something to eat.

Depending on the time of arrival, parking could be a small test. I think anytime before 9 am would be ok and you can try to park behind the Public Library on Main Street. Its street parking and free at some places, meter at some other places.

Plenty of bathrooms for the kids along the MUP. While you're at it, try some different place to eat like North Shore Poke

http://www.yelp.com/biz/north-shore-...ntington-beach

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Thanks for all the suggestions. Lots of good ideas. Has anyone been to Santa Ana Regional Park in Rubidoux?

Santa Ana Regional Park
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You could start at Yorba Regional Park. It's just a short drive from Corona. There are a lot of paved trails through the park with very light foot and bike traffic. There are also a lot of ducks and other wildlife to keep the kids interested. Then, if your son is doing well, you could try a couple of miles on the SART.

By the way, happy Father's Day! Have fun!
Seconded!! Frankly a lot more interesting, with the wildlife and ponds/lakes and woodsy areas than other parts of SART. And there's a nice stretch of SART along the park, with the river and its own wildlife. Park down by the ball diamonds for free parking.
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Seconded!! Frankly a lot more interesting, with the wildlife and ponds/lakes and woodsy areas than other parts of SART. And there's a nice stretch of SART along the park, with the river and its own wildlife. Park down by the ball diamonds for free parking.
Yes, that's a great option. I was just there a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps that's a good option. Thanks for all the input!
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Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Recreational Area is nice for kids. Bring bread for the ducks...
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http://www.labikepaths.com/bike-paths/thompson-creek/
If you are in the area, this path in Claremont is nice and short. You get some views of the local mountains. You can park at the end of Mills or where it meets Mt Baldy rd. No steep banks to worry about, like the river trails.
I think that we rode this path today going from Baldy back tot he base of GMR. Nice shady area.
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Bolsa Chica State Beach has a really wide MUP in most spots. Far fewer people than downtown Huntington...and fewer people than the beaches between Huntington and Balboa.

El Dorado is another good one. MUP's there usually don't have anyone on them (they are usually at the lake or the picnic/bbq areas).
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