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Route From SF Valley to South O.C.?

Old 01-07-06, 10:27 AM
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Route From SF Valley to South O.C.?

I've noticed a lot of folks in this forum are from the SF Valley area, as am I. Been thinking it would be a nice change to ride down to Mission Viejo to visit the folks (instead of the usual car trip), but the only reasonable alternative I've seen is to somehow get to PCH, take it all the way down to O.C. and then cut East, which seems like going way out of the way. Do you have another way to approach it?
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You can't get here from there

I've looked at routes several times and it seems to me that getting through LA is the biggest pain. It seems that there isn't really a way to avoid really bad neighborhoods or busy streets with no bike lanes (or both). The Santa Ana River Trail is a nice alternative but I think it would be out of the way for you...maybe the San Gabriel River Trail would be better but that one goes through some dicey areas.

I have Delorme Topo USA...I'll see if I can come up with something for you but it probably won't be for a couple of days.
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Thanks. Do you know a way of doing it once I get through LA? I've ridden to downtown without too much problem. Perhaps you're talking about East LA. Even if I can get to the Southeast LA/North Orange County border, you know of a way from there?
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If I were you I'd combine riding and taking the Metro Rail, for instance, part way and continue riding to your destination. You know you can roll your bike in with you. Don't ask me exactly which route to take because I have no idea......
Over Thanksgiving, I rode to Union Station, hopped on the Metro Rail all the way down to Long Beach, bypassing undesirable neighborhoods, and from there continued riding down to Costa Mesa to visit in-laws.

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Originally Posted by NRRider
Thanks. Do you know a way of doing it once I get through LA? I've ridden to downtown without too much problem. Perhaps you're talking about East LA. Even if I can get to the Southeast LA/North Orange County border, you know of a way from there?
I guess once you get to downtown you could go through Pasadena and up through El Monte etc. You still have some dicey areas to ride though but it shouldn't be as bad as riding through say, South Central L.A...just parts of East L.A. Actually, there are roads up near the 210 and the foothills that would get you to Pasadena without going through too many really rough areas.
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The Fixer--how did you get from LB to CM? PCH? Then what?
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The Fixer--how did you get from LB to CM? PCH? Then what?
I rode on PCH down to Newport, cut across and reached Harbor Blvd and rode towards the 405 and I was there.

I guess from the valley you can hop on the Red Line from No Hollywood, transfer to the Blue Line all the way down to LB.......that's one option.

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Thanks guys. Looks like I have some more map studying to do. I kind of like both ideas. The BlueLine sounds good, but I feel like that's cheating (though better than the alternative, perhaps). I'll check out the routes along the foothills/210. Unfortunately both of these routes take me waaaaay out of the way.
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Cyclists doing multi-day touring on the Pacific Coast have the routing issue also. There are two sources for a route:

1. The book "Bicycling the Pacific Coast": http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/089...books&v=glance

2. The map from Adventure Cycling: http://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...?pg=detail&s=5

Both routes use the beach bike path down to Redondo Beach. Then the book and the map use different routes. From Redondo Beach, the route in the book immediately jogs over to PCH. Instead, I like the map's route better. That route is basically Palos Verdes Drive North, then Anaheim St through Long Beach, then some jogs downtown to Ocean Blvd., then some jogs over to 2nd Street, and then finally PCH just north of Seal Beach. Either way, you can't avoid the ugly industrial areas of Long Beach, but Anaheim is a better choice for going through them than PCH.

Once you cross into Seal Beach, here's the Orange County bike map: http://www.octa.net/bikeways.asp?cat...bikeways%20map

You could cut across from Huntington Beach, through Fountain Valley, then turn south in Irvine. But simplest seems to be PCH to Laguna Beach, then inland on Laguna Canyon from there.

PM me if you want me to dig out the map for more details.
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