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Aliso Creek Bike Path to the beach on road bike?

Old 04-05-20, 08:15 AM
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Aliso Creek Bike Path to the beach on road bike?

If you ride down the Aliso Creek Bike Path toward Laguna Beach, just after you pass the water treatment plan, there is a fence that says private property blocking the path and making it so you cannot take the path into Laguna Beach. Is this normally fenced off or is there typically access? It would be great to road bike from Aliso Viejo to the beach, and I am unaware of other paths. Any advice? Thank you
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That road has never gone through. The only way to Laguna Beach is via Hwy 133/Laguna Canyon or to South Laguna via Crown Valley Parkway.

Alternative ideas:
It isn't Laguna but you can take the path which originates by Cook's Corner to San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point using frontage roads once in Laguna Hills and then back to bike paths again in SJC. If you use Google Maps on Bike mode, it'll show you the route.

Or go to Salt Creek: continue heading down Alicia where path ends at Aliso-Wood Canyon/AMWA Road, then turn right at Crown Valley Pkwy, left at Camino del Avion, then right onto bike path that ends at Salt Creek beach. The latter route is 3/4 road, 1/4 path. To get to Laguna Proper, your only choice from inland is down Hwy 133/Laguna Canyon Road.

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Amvoss, just over that fence is The Ranch at Laguna Beach (or as it was formerly known, Aliso Creek Golf Course). The county has had high hopes to take the bike path through the course property and all the way to PCH for over 20 years. Unless The Ranch at Laguna Beach is sold, those hopes will remain unrealized.
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Have you tried Google Maps? Not everyone knows this, but if you click on the 3 bars in the upper left corner, you can select Bicycling and it shows all the local bike routes. I use it all the time.
It may not be ideal, but here's what I saw:
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I've jumped the gate on the Aliso Creek Wood Canyon path and cycled through the golf course to PCH.
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Thanks, everyone, for the replies! That would be great if this path opened, but I won't count on it. Great information.
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Two issues with the southern terminus of the path:

Just below the first gate is the SOCWA's Aliso Creek wastewater treatment plant (I used to work for the agency that runs it) . Its not the one shown in the google-maps image shown above. You cant see it from the gate, but its there. With all the equipment, chemicals and processes going on at that place, they definitely don't want strangers passing directly next to it for security reasons.
Beyond the plant is the back entrance to the Golf Course (formerly known as the Ben Brown resort). There's a dirt berm between the treatment plant and the golf course, and a gate in the berm between the two. If you go through the gate you'd be on a path that goes through the golf course, not an ideal situation with golf balls flying around (liability).
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