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Old 07-16-11, 10:04 PM
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Mountains to Sea Trail in the OC/Irvine

I've been trying to get a little info on this trail as I'll be down in SoCal for a couple weeks next month and am bringing my bike. There's a map on the Irvine Ranch site but it's not terribly useful.

Anyway, is it paved, MUP, up and down, worth riding, etc.?

Also, where's a good source to learn about the other off-road OC paths (other than the beaches)? I'm a recreational cyclist and take it easy but like nice scenery.

Thanks for any comments.
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Old 07-17-11, 12:22 AM
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Half MUP, half road. Definitely worth riding. It's 46 or so miles both ways.
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Old 07-17-11, 12:38 AM
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Thanks. I read here that there are some current closures?

Also, I understand there are a couple river off-road trails. Where can I get local info, the LBS'?
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Old 07-17-11, 01:11 AM
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Have you looked at the OCTA maps? They are much newer than the maps from Irvine (2006, really....). https://www.octa.net/BikewaysMap.aspx Google Maps/Earth also has most of the bikepaths in this area mapped and pictured. It is a MUP even though it is a Red Route. Traffic (joggers, dog walkers, walkers) are concentrated near the large memorial park near City Hall (clock tower, PD parking lot - you can't miss it...) and UCI Campus to the sea.

The Peters Canyon portion is closing on the 19th of July.

There are some rough spots for drainage on the trail going under the 405, a low spot near a spur trail after passing a church(es), under Campus. Near the University and California light, there is a spot that needs to be repaired. You will only encounter it on the way to the sea. Other than that it is pretty smooth.

Irvine and Newport Beach have construction maps that give you locations of construction sites and list of what is affected. Newport Beach's isn't as up to date as Irvine's is.

I only know the portion that I use to commute to work. It includes the Irvine, Newport Beach and Tustin portions. Most streets in Irvine have a Bike Lane shoulder and drivers are typically courteous, though YMMV. I think Irvine City Hall has free maps, though I could be mistaken.
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If you get down the coast from Irvine and want to bike with ocean views, there's a really nice trail/road that starts at the south end of San Clemente. I passes the world-famous Trestles surfing area, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and then goes through the State Park for three miles. At the end of the State Park the trail continues south on Camp Pendleton another dozen miles to the next town. It's all paved, little traffic, water & restrooms in the State Park.

Bring your sunscreen & photo I.D. if you are going to ride on CamPen.
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Originally Posted by CSG View Post
I've been trying to get a little info on this trail as I'll be down in SoCal for a couple weeks next month and am bringing my bike.

Also, where's a good source to learn about the other off-road OC paths (other than the beaches)? I'm a recreational cyclist and take it easy but like nice scenery.

Thanks for any comments.
You can use this map to better understand how the trail connects with everything else. Notice there is a PDF version there you can download.

I ride a really nice route several times each year. It involves a little street riding, as you can see, but it also takes you through Shady Canyon and Newport Back Bay, which is some of the nicest riding around here. Hope that helps.
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Old 07-17-11, 11:38 AM
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Great! Thanks for the further info and links. Very much appreciated!
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Old 07-17-11, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by snowman40 View Post

The Peters Canyon portion is closing on the 19th of July.

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Irvine and Newport Beach have construction maps that give you locations of construction sites and list of what is affected. Newport Beach's isn't as up to date as Irvine's is.
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So far I have been unable to find anything on the City of Irvine's web site that specifically mentions the Peters Canyon bike trail construction/closure. I think I have found the construction map (https://www.cityofirvine.org/mm/road_...nstruction.htm), but none of the "hard hats" are specifically about the bike trail.

Do you have a better link?

Thanks.
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Old 07-18-11, 11:24 AM
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The closure of the Peters Canyon Biketrail is the little spur that goes off of Harvard into the District; nothing really to worry about (it is very short - 1/8 mile maybe?). What I am hoping is they are finally completing construction to connect this trail to the San Diego Creek trail). The San Diego Creek Trail (the one that goes to Back Bay) is the alternative route and is open - no construction or delays. Also the Walnut Trabuco trail (goes along the rr tracks) is now open to Sand Canyon. They finally finished the bridge over Jeffrey. You can now add this portion as a loop to the San Diego Creek trail. There is some construction on the RR tracks at HArvard but you can get around that.
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Old 07-18-11, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by RStewinCA View Post
So far I have been unable to find anything on the City of Irvine's web site that specifically mentions the Peters Canyon bike trail construction/closure. I think I have found the construction map (https://www.cityofirvine.org/mm/road_...nstruction.htm), but none of the "hard hats" are specifically about the bike trail.

Do you have a better link?

Thanks.
No that's the only one.

This guy should know:
How do I obtain information on construction truck routes
To obtain information on authorized construction truck routes, please contact Jim Northcutt, Plans Examiner, at (949) 724-6522. jnorthcutt at cityofirvine dot org
If he doesn't, he should be able to put you in touch with someone who should be able to help you.
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If you want flat paved MUP's - Irvine is your Nirvana. Mt to Sea is part of and connects to many more of their MUP's. The other big one is the San Diego Creek Trail.
All flat, the only "hills" are road and freeway under and overpasses; with the exception of Turtle Rock and Shady Canyon. Shady Canyon is a good climb, not lengthy and takes you through a gated community of multimillion $ homes.
Though Irvine hasn't updated the maps too much recently, not much as changed.
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Thanks for the further info! The SD Creek trail looks good too.
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Old 07-18-11, 01:06 PM
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The best route from someone out of town I can recommend is using the SD Creek trail down to Back Bay and Loop around Back Bay and return via the SD Creek Trail. It's So Cal/beach living at its finest. If you want some details re the Loop around Back Bay MP me. There is some going into residential areas necessary etc. You can also jog over to Balboa Island and cruise through that. Very cool especially if you take the ferry over to the Pennisula to get ice cream!
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Old 07-19-11, 10:32 PM
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Thanks Pam. My mom is in Tustin so that's where we'll be. I may just shoot you a PM in a couple weeks when we're there. Love Balboa and always go from there to the Fun Zone or vice versa with our kids. We often take a Duffy out for an hour or two.
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Cool - note the Avatar - I live in Tustin as well so directing you will be easy ... I plan on doing a trip in Idaho next year so maybe we can do quid pro quo!
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Yup, noted you were in Tustin. I'm in Twin Falls if you're in the 'hood. We're ex-pat Californians. I gre up in WLA and my wife in Stockton. We met in Sacto during our college years. I don't miss much but I do miss the beach and the weather.
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Down here now and have ridden a good portion of the MTS trail and part of Peters Canyon as well as some of the spur trails. You guys are living in a relative paved bike paradise compared to my area of Idaho. And the weather has been, mostly, to die for.

I'm riding my mountain bike and am being passed by people both younger and older and all kitted out but I'm really enjoying the great paths, especially from UCI west.
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If on a mountain bike, why don't you go explore the trails in Irvine Park. You don't know the half od lovely trail riding we have locally! :-)
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Mostly because A) I've got world class mountain biking at home and B) I prefer riding pavement when I can and your off-road paths are great.

I've got a mountain bike because when I bought it I was doing more off road biking than I feel like doing now. I'm too poor, stupid, or lazy (I can never quite figure out which) to buy a pavement oriented bike.
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