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Old 07-31-13, 08:09 PM   #1
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Is anyone familiar with PCH near the Long Beach-Tustin area?

Hi everyone,

I'm planning a trip to Long Beach from Tustin through PCH but I'm not sure how safe it is for cycling, or if its possible. I'll be going down the Santa Ana River through the bike path. From here, I'd take the PCH highway up close to the CSU Long Beach University. Has anyone biked through here before? Is it safe? Are there any steep climbs? What has been your experience?

Thanks a ton. :]
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Old 07-31-13, 08:48 PM   #2
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Rather than take the SA River trail I would head slightly east and take the Mountains to Sea/Peters Canyon trail to Harvard to San Diego Creek to Upper Newport Bay to PCH. It's more direct than going way west through marginal neighborhoods to SA River, which then east by south. I commute to Costa Mesa this way and it is shorter.

PCH is fine to LB, but you won't quite be at LBSU. Not sure of the exact route in to school from PCH.

The route is virtually flat as outlined.

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Old 07-31-13, 11:12 PM   #3
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The SART and/or the Peters/SD/Back Bay paths are fine. For the experienced rider, PCH is fine. For the inexperienced, use extreme caution, lots of crazy drivers, speeding cars on PCH.
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At CSULB there is a lady who is works with transporation and is familiar with bike routes to their campus. The number is (562) 985-4091.
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The SART and/or the Peters/SD/Back Bay paths are fine. For the experienced rider, PCH is fine. For the inexperienced, use extreme caution, lots of crazy drivers, speeding cars on PCH.
Depends with you want to travel with speed and cars or just want to get to CSULB. If you take the River trail down to PCH you can catch the bike path along the strand and take that all the way up to Seal Beach where you will have to exit to take PCH to Marina Pacific. Continue onto PCH with traffic to the School or you can connect to the San Gabriel River trail and go that way. Suggest you check Google Earth or better yet, go to Auto Club and have they draw up a Trip Tic for you. They do bike commuter Tics all the time.

Any cycling on PCH should be done with caution - period. Lots of crazy driver snad especially this time of years, lots of crazy tourist.

Also what Garfield says... seems like the best bet.
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Old 08-01-13, 11:08 AM   #6
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http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2977496

I'm a little sketchy about the part through Huntington Beach, as I have not ridden is in years. The part from the campus to Westminster Blvd. I used to use when I went to school there. I am real familiar with the Peters Cyn Trial part too.

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Any cycling on PCH should be done with caution - period. Lots of crazy driver snad especially this time of years, lots of crazy tourist.

Also what Garfield says... seems like the best bet.
The problem with touristy beach towns is that drunk driving is not mostly limited to weekends. Again, be careful on PCH.
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I just did a loop from Seal Beach to Angel Stadium and back using primarily the bike path and the SRT. Not a bad ride at all, especially in the morning. The headwinds might make your trip a bit more physical, but if you leave early enough, its a nice ride. Going north, you will need to jump on PCH around Seal, but from there it's not to far from LB at all. There is some construction around Hamilton St., but it's a simple detour to the other side of the trail.
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