• Juanita Cooke Greenbelt

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Woodchips

    The Juanita Cooke Greenbelt is a wonderful escape from the often-busy streets and highways of Orange County. This 2.5-mile trail in Fullerton connects some of the area's quiet neighborhoods with the downtown area, making it a great commuter path as well. The wide mulch and dirt surface makes this trail ideal for equestrian, pedestrian and bike use, alike.

    The trail is named for the woman who once served as a liaison for the Fullerton Recreation Riders, a local equestrian group that helped get the trail built. A plaque posted at West Valley View Drive gives the history of the trail. Also posted at this location is the route of a 12-mile mountain bike ride around Fullerton. Yet another trail, the Bud Turner Trail, named for another Fullerton Recreation Riders leader influential in making a trail a reality, connects to the greenbelt. Together, these two trails provide a refreshing space for all trail enthusiasts.

    Setting out from the northern trailhead at Laguna Lake Park, you will pass through some established neighborhoods. (Although the trail's official north end is at Hermosa Drive near Laguna Lake, the path continues north until it is interrupted by the Coyote Creek channel. A rough informal path goes as far north as Imperial Highway, where the railroad spur still exists, and there is a signalized grade crossing.)

    The scents provided by the flowering shrubs, citrus trees and the rest of the surrounding lush vegetation is a delightful bonus. As the trail approaches bustling downtown Fullerton, it crosses high above an active railroad corridor. When you reach Laguna Road and the trail appears to come to an abrupt stop, cross the road and follow Morelia Place (directly across the street from the trail) for a few hundred yards of on-road travel. At the intersection of West Bastanchury Boulevard, cross this busy street and pick up the mulch and dirt trail once again on the other sid
  • Alton Avenue Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Alton Avenue Bike Trail runs adjacent to both Alton Avenue and an active railroad line through Santa Ana. The path primarily serves the recreational and commuting needs of local residents, including students at Segerstrom High School and Jim Thorpe Fundamental School—both accessible from the western end of the trail.

    At the trail's eastern terminus, cross E. Adams Street to pick up the Pacific Electric Bike Trail.

  • Walnut Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Walnut Trail shares a wide corridor with an active railroad line, a BNSF route, through a section of Orange County known for producing oranges and strawberries. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad line originally provided a vital link for transporting iron from the Midwest into the Los Angeles area. In 1971, Amtrak assumed operation of the line, using it to transport passengers between Chicago and Los Angeles. BNSF officially maintains the track and uses it for freight rail, in conjunction with Amtrak and Metrolink passenger service.

    The trail itself begins off Sand Canyon Avenue just south of the railroad tracks. This well-maintained, smooth-paved trail follows the tracks heading northwest. You will cut through a section of the lush Oak Creek Golf Club before reaching Jeffrey Road, where you can hop on a portion of the Jeffrey Open Space Trail. For those continuing on the Walnut Trail, an overpass here provides safe, uninterrupted travel.

    Beyond Jeffrey Road, the trail comes to grassy Hoeptner Park, which is a nice spot to rest or have a picnic. From here the trail crosses some pleasant neighborhoods. There are access points all along the trail, making it a popular commuting route.

    The trail passes underneath Yale Avenue and continues to busy Culver Drive, where another trail overpass carries you across the road. In addition, there are access points to the street and sidewalks if you need to connect to sections of town. The trail continues through Flagstone Park toward the end of the trail, providing a nice rest spot before you make the final push.

    At Harvard Avenue the trail ends, but there are multiple connections here to bike lanes and other trails in Irvine's extensive network. Pick up the Harvard Trail to head south to the

    Whittier Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Whittier Greenway Trail occupies part of an abandoned railroad right-of-way in its namesake town, running parallel to Whittier Boulevard and Lambert Road between Mills Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard near I-605. An active rail line travels from Mills Avenue to the Whittier city limits; the town hopes to be granted an easement along this part of the rail so that the trail can continue into Whittier and link to trails in Orange County.

    Along this urban, and sometimes noisy, trail you'll find some interesting wind vane sculptures, along with nice landscaping with native California plants.

  • Colton Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This urban trail travels along the side of North Colton Avenue and South Inland Center Drive, connecting San Bernadino and Colton. The corridor is an abandoned Southern Pacific rail line and will eventually help residents access the Santa Ana River Trail and perhaps the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail. The trail becomes a sidewalk near the I-215 overpass, so cyclists may need to walk their bikes or use Inland Center Drive to connect both segments of trail.

  • Duarte Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Duarte Recreational Trail is made up of paved and parallel dirt trails. Located in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Duarte is named for Andres Duarte, a Mexican soldier who was granted the land in the 1840s while the area was still in Mexican ownership. Connecting a park, a school and a hospital, the trail is a wonderful example of a recreation path, transportation corridor and safe route to school in the small city. The trail hosts a wide array of users, including walkers, bikers, inline skaters and even some horseback riders on the dirt path.

    You'll want to start out at the eastern trailhead, at Royal Oaks Park, because there is ample parking here. The park offers many facilities for young and old, including basketball and tennis courts, short walking paths and playground equipment. On the right are dramatic views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest. As it leaves Royal Oaks Park, the trail is a well-maintained asphalt pathway. Soon you pass a school that sits back to the right, where children at play provide pleasant background noise.

    Not far beyond the school is one of the jewels of the trail, a large bridge that provides access over the trail to a connecting neighborhood. A profusion of wildflowers in spring spreads across this picturesque spot. If you take the few minutes to walk to the top of the bridge, you will be rewarded with an exceptional view of wildflowers and the trail. A few benches and water fountains line the trail.

  • Electric Avenue Median Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    If you believe the setting makes the trail, you won't quibble with the brevity of the path through Seal Beach's Electric Avenue Median Park. Ensconced in a beautifully maintained linear park, the rail-trail offers easy access to a spectacular Southern California beach at one end and—via bikes lanes and sidewalks—the impressive San Gabriel River Trail at the other.

    Near the northern end of the park sits a strikingly red train car from the Pacific Electric interurban system that once ran on tracks through the area, reminding trail users of Seal Beach's unique railroad history.

  • PROJECT: Exposition Line

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 12.2 miles
    Surface:

    The Exposition corridor connects the Santa Monica coastline and Culver City in the West to Downtown LA and the University of Southern California on the East. The first phase is from Downtown to Culver City is now open, but this section is primarily on street facilities such as bike lanes. This is a key corridor since it is a rare opportunity for continuous access from South Central LA to the coast through a dense urban area. Formerly a Pacific Electric Line, it is now inactive and is owned by the LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Plans for a rail-to-trail conversion were nearing the final stages when the MTA decided to have transit share the corridor with the trail. The trail has strong support from the Los Angeles City Council, the LA County Board of Supervisors, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and many community groups, including the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Friends for Expo. It is included in the Regional Transportation Plan, the LA Bikeway Master Plan, and the County General Plan. The trail would serve densely populated areas, including low income districts such as South Central Los Angeles, and will connect to the Beaches at Santa Monica, the Culver Blvd. Median trail, and Exposition Park.
  • Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    The Mount Lowe Railway was created as a scenic tourist line to bring visitors to see Mount Lowe and Echo Mountain. The railway opened in 1893 and stopped services in 1938. Interestingly, the railway was the only scenic mountain electric traction (overhead electric trolley) railroad in the country. Another of its features was the remarkable incline up Rubio Canyon to the Echo Mountain House, and a circular bridge that was as an engineering landmark in itself.

    Today the Mount Lowe Railroad Trail offers access to the ruins at Echo Mountain and the Alpine Tavern (Mt. Lowe Camp), once frequented by LA tourists and subsequently destroyed by flooding and fire. Along the trial you'll find historical markers that relate the story of the rail line. The trail is quite sinuous as snakes through the Angeles National Forest, offing superb views of the mountain, canyons and surrounding pine forests.

  • Pacific Electric Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    A neighborhood trail of the first order, the Pacific Electric Bike Trail links well-kept middle class neighborhoods on either side of tree-lined Maple Street near downtown Santa Ana. The trail runs on a portion of a former Pacific Electric interurban railway corridor that once connected the city with the Pacific Ocean beach community of Huntington Beach.

    At the trail's southern end, cross E. Adams Street to pick up the Alton Avenue Bike Trail—a rail-with-trail—for a longer trek through Santa Ana.

  • San Clemente Beach Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Sand

    Hugging one of the most picturesque shorelines in Southern California, the San Clemente Beach Trail is one of the premier rail-trails in the area. The trail itself is technically a rail-with-trail, as it shares the corridor with an active Amtrak line with service between Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as Metrolink trains that are part of the L.A. commuter rail system. Whereas most communities surrounding L.A. have fallen victim to rampant development, surfside San Clemente has preserved its small town identity and spirit. The trail enhances these qualities. The trail surface is composed mostly of compact sand from the beach.

    Begin at the north end of the pedestrian-only trail near the San Clemente Metrolink station in the area known as North Beach. The trail leads south out of the Metrolink parking lot. It is narrowly situated between high cliffs on the left and the railroad tracks and beach on the right. Be sure to check out the unique flora that cover the cliff, as well as the impressive beach houses high atop the cliffs. After several hundred yards, the trail flows onto an impressive bridge. Running about 10 feet off the ground for roughly 0.25 mile, the bridge serves as a glorified boardwalk over sensitive beach habitat.

    Once across the bridge, follow the trail across the railroad tracks and continue to the primary beachfront area of San Clemente at the Pier Bowl trailhead. Here you will find restaurants, shops and beach picnic areas. A pier jets out into the ocean here and is a prime location for watching surfers ride the waves. There are public restrooms and plenty of parking near the pier.

    The trail continues south along the beach and crosses the railroad tracks again about 0.25 mile beyond the Pier Bowl area. Be careful because the crossing is at grade with the tracks. The trail continues for another 1.5 miles south along the beach to the endpoint near San Clemente State Beach, which has parking and beach access.

  • Tustin Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt

    If you are looking for a quick escape from the smog and traffic of Southern California, take a trip along the Tustin Branch Trail. Currently open in two disconnected segments, the trail runs on the former Tustin Branch, a Southern Pacific line used to deliver oranges from the Tustin Packing Company to markets from 1905 until the corridor washed out at Santiago Creek in 1969.

    The older northern trail segment winds through quiet, palm-tree filled neighborhoods of Tustin. Feel the Santa Ana winds as they blow your worries away on this pleasant trail. The path, also known as the Esplanade Trail here, occupies a wide strip of land, providing much more park space than a traditional trail. One reason not to miss this Southern California gem is the landscaping: the colorful flowers and shrubs that line the trail make for a serene experience. The hard-packed clay trail surface is comfortable for all types of trail use. You are likely to meet friendly locals out enjoying the trail.

    The trail parallels Esplanade Avenue for its entire route and has two busy road crossings: the first at E. 17th Street about 0.5 mile from the start and the second at Vanderlip Avenue, about 0.25 mile from the southern end of the trail. Just beyond Vanderlip Avenue, the trail runs past, and serves as a wonderful outdoor outlet to, urban Guin Foss Elementary School. A short distance beyond the school, the trail ends at Warren Avenue.

    The southern trail segment begins at the intersection of Irvine Boulevard and Newport Avenue after a short gap that can be bridged via sidewalks on Warren Avenue, Holt Avenue and Irvine Boulevard. The trail here is a concrete sidepath along Newport Avenue that leads to shopping centers and some residences. Several major streets with signals interrupt the flow of the trail.

  • Watts Towers Crescent Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Watts Towers Crescent Greenway is a short but pleasant rail-trail in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. The trail's central attraction is the Watts Towers Art Center, home of the striking and unique sculptures known as the Watts Towers.

  • Bud Turner Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.84 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Woodchips

    Experience the easy life of the West Coast on Orange County's Bud Turner Trail. Set in a quiet neighborhood in the city of Fullerton, the trail is ideal for all types of trail use and uniquely caters to equestrian use. The trail connects to the Juanita Cooke Greenbelt, which provides access to other parts of the city. Through his leadership role with the Fullerton Recreational Riders, a local equestrian organization, Bud Turner was influential in getting this trail built and that is why this great trail is named after him. The Juanita Cooke Greenbelt also bears the name of a former leader of the Fullerton Recreational Riders.

    Beginning at the north end of Laguna Lake Park, the trail skirts the southern edge of the lake to head southwest. This peaceful, grassy, lakefront park is a great place to have a picnic or try out your fishing pole. It's also where the Bud Turner Trail and the Juanita Cooke Greenbelt connect. Just beyond the lake you come to an equestrian riding ring—don't be surprised to catch a glimpse of locals on horseback; this is a popular equestrian area. After passing the ring you go through a pleasant neighborhood before connecting with North Euclid Street. The trail runs alongside this busy road the rest of the way. Take caution: you will need to cross some major intersections, including one at West Bastanchury Road.

    The trail ends near downtown Fullerton, close to the intersection of North Euclid Street and West Valencia Mesa Drive. From here you can connect to the historic downtown district, which has restaurants and shops in a laid-back Southern California setting.

  • Hoover Bike and Walking Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Hoover Bike and Walking Trail is a utilitarian path adjacent to an active rail line in the western Orange County city of Westminster. Also paralleling Hoover Street for its entire distance, the trail primarily serves to whisk residents to and from the northern and central parts of the community.

  • Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 18.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Sand

    The Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail passes through the heart of Mission Viejo from South Laguna to Rancho Santa Margarita along an 18.5-mile corridor. The trail features many parks in Orange County, with plenty of rest areas and kiosks providing information and recounting the area's history. Beginning from the ocean end, the trail goes gradually uphill; it's a fun downhill ride on the way back. Be aware that the trail turns to sand for about 1/4 of a mile after passing under Laguna Hills Drive.

  • PROJECT: San Diego Sea to Sea Trail (project overview)

    State: CA
    Length: 140 miles
    Surface:

    From San Diego Sea to Sea Trail Foundation:
    The San Diego Sea to Sea Trail Foundation, in conjunction with nine government agencies, is creating a national treasure: a 140-mile walking, cycling and horse riding trail, running from the Salton Sea to the Pacific Ocean near Del Mar, California.

    The San Diego Sea to Sea Trail Foundation's aims are to preserve the great American environment, encourage ecological tourism and build a recreational and educational resource to be enjoyed for generations to come.

    The Trail will be punctuated by numerous Bed & Breakfasts where hikers, bicyclists and horse riders can rest and dine in an elegant and rustic setting. The journey will combine the ideal mix of nature, adventure and well-deserved comfort.

    For more information on this extensive project and to learn how to volunteer to assist with this effort, please see the Trail Website. You can also e-mail the San Diego Sea to Sea Trail Foundation at kgreenaway@seatoseatrail.org.
    ** Twenty percent of the trail still needs to be finished. Right now one would encounter several impassable, steep ravines -- and State Highway 67, which is much too dangerous to cross. So think of the route we describe below as proposed". There is some crucial work to be done. **
  • San Luis Rey River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The San Luis Rey River Trail runs for 9 miles along the course of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside. The trail, which is smooth and mostly flat, is a local favorite among cyclists, walkers and inline skaters.

  • Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 18.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail is a great commuter and recreation trail in western San Bernadino valley, with expansive views and connections to community centers and parks. The trail follows the old Pacific Electric Railway, which was known for its red cars. One of its last remaining railway depots along the San Bernardino line is found in Rancho Cucamonga on Etiwanda Avenue, where the avenue intersects the trail.

    The segment in Rancho Cucamonga includes a 10-foot-wide, concrete trail for bikes and the same width side path of decomposed granite for running, walking and horseback riding. The segment in Upland is asphalt, and is nicely landscaped, leading through residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors before connecting to Claremont. The attractive village offers shopping and the Claremont Colleges.

    Fontana recently completed several new concrete segments that connect to the trail in Rancho Cucamonga. There is a gap between Cherry Avenue and Almeria Avenue in Fontana where the corridor runs through an industrial area; a connection is planned in the future.

    When complete, the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail will run 21 miles east-west between Rialto and Claremont. The trail has possibilities for connecting to a massive network of pathways that include the Santa Ana River Trail and San Jose Creek connecting to the San Gabriel River Trail.

    Every May, Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail sponsor a fun event to raise money for trail amenities.

  • PROJECT: Orange Blossom Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface:

    From Redlands Conservancy website:


    Pieces of the future Orange Blossom Rail Trail have been constructed along the flood control channel between Nevada and Tennessee, and along the flood control channel south of Jennie David Park between New York Street and Texas Street. The pieces of the trail were acquired as a result of conditions of approval for development in the area. Parking is best at Jennie Davis Park. It offers a level, improved place for a brisk power-walk, with potential hazards of crossing major streets (Tennessee and Alabama).

  • Santa Ana River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 50.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Santa Ana River Trail is a 12-foot wide path following the Santa Ana River, a waterway that is cement-lined through much of Orange County but free flowing in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The popular trail, currently open in two disconnected segments, links inland neighborhoods, businesses and shopping districts with the beach.

    In Orange County, the trail begins at a junction with the Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail, providing direct access to the city's two state beaches and busy municipal beach and pier. Extending north, the trail skirts the edge of Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley before emerging into an industrial section of Santa Ana.

    The City of Orange is next, where you'll begin to see the gigantic "A" marking the stadium of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, situated directly across the Santa Ana River from Orange. Professional sports fanatics will be pleased with this stretch, as the next landmark is the home arena of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks.

    Continuing into Anaheim, the river and trail turn east. Views of both the Chino Hills and the increasingly meandering river make this stretch of the trail particularly scenic. The trail itself becomes slightly hillier here—a challenge for those coming all the way from Huntington Beach. In the far western reaches of Corona (just beyond Yorba Linda), the heretofore continuous trail ends, just south of the Green River Golf Club on Green River Road.

    A significant gap exists between this endpoint and the resumption of the trail at the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area east of Norco, so the second segment is best tackled in a separate trip. From Hidden Valley, the trail continues east through both industrial and residential sections of Riverside, with scenic views of the Santa Ana River never far away.

    The next city is Colton, the entrance point to San Be

  • Compton Creek Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Compton Creek Bike Path crosses Compton along the east bank of its namesake creek, offering access to precious open space for the urban neighborhoods along the way. Compton Creek itself is a tributary of the Los Angeles River, and the majority of it is channelized to provide flood control protection to the area.

    The northern section of the path is a paved trail extending from El Segundo Boulevard south through residential neighborhoods of Compton to Greenleaf Boulevard. This segment provides access to schools, churches, parks and a civic center, and two Los Angeles Metro light rail stations (Blue Line) are not far away. An equestrian trail used by several clubs and individual riders from Compton and adjacent communities runs along the west bank of the creek.

    A shorter section of paved trail exists farther south along the creek, but it is separated from the northern portion by the light rail line, Gardena Freeway (State Route 91) and the east fork of Compton Creek. Access to this southern segment is limited to a few large streets, and the trail ends north of the confluence of Compton Creek and the Los Angeles River at E. Del Amo Boulevard. This stretch of the creek has a natural bottom and more waterside vegetation, so trail users can spot herons, egrets and other wildlife at certain times of the year.

  • San Diego Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The San Diego Creek Trail is the spine of the City of Irvine's extensive system of trails and bike lanes. It begins in Newport Beach, joining the Upper Bay Trail near where San Diego Creek empties into Upper Newport Bay at the Jamboree Road bridge, then follows the creek upstream, crossing much of Irvine before it ends near the junction of Interstate 405 and State Route 133.

    Along the way, the trail provides access to a number of parks, retail centers and residential subdivisions. Many of Irvine's shorter trails also touch or cross the San Diego Creek Trail at some point, allowing you to put together all sorts of loop trips. These include the University Trail, Freeway Trail, Peters Canyon Trail, Harvard Trail, Woodbridge Trail and Jeffrey Open Space Trail.

  • Peters Canyon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Peters Canyon Trail, currently open in two disconnected segments, runs northeast from Bill Barber Community Park to Portola Parkway, with a small gap from Warner Avenue to an active rail line that can be bridged via a detour on the parallel Harvard Trail. Both ends of the trail closely follow Peters Canyon Wash, a channelized tributary of San Diego Creek.

    Much of the trail is landscaped and features extensive bollard lighting for night use. Street underpasses take you down into the wash and back up again. Bike lanes along Portola Parkway allow for trips farther inland.

    In addition to the Harvard Trail, the Peters Canyon Trail connects to several other paths in Irvine's impressive system, including the Hicks Canyon Trail, Venta Spur Trail, Walnut Trail and San Diego Creek Trail.

  • Shady Canyon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Shady Canyon Trail is an incredibly scenic route along Shady Canyon Drive in southern Irvine. Extending through the southern reaches of the historic Irvine Ranch and protected Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, the trail is a hilly challenge well worth the effort for its dramatic views.

    The route begins in the north at the Quail Hill Trailhead, which also serves the Juanita Moe Trail, a paved path around the northern edge of the Quail Hill Preserve that links to several other trails in the city's extensive network. Hikers can also access the natural-surface Quail Hill Loop Trail from the trailhead.

    Views are at their most spectacular where the trail crosses Bommer Canyon. Enjoy vistas of the surrounding hills and the affluent neighborhoods nestled amongst them. At the entrance to Turtle Rock, head north on the Turtle Rock Trail for a pleasant tour through the neighborhood and ultimate emergence on the popular University Trail.

    At trail's end, turn right on the Bonita Canyon Trail to reach Irvine's University High School, or cross the road and turn left on the trail to reach the edge of Newport Beach.

  • Freeway Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Freeway Trail, as its name implies, parallels the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) on its brief route through Irvine. With power lines overhead and neighborhoods blocked by sound walls to the immediate north, the trail won't win any awards for beauty.

    Why use this trail then? It's simple: for the connections. At its western end, the trail meets the San Diego Creek Trail, the spine of Irvine's extensive trail network. Near its midpoint, the trail connects to the meandering Woodbridge Trail, while farther east, the trail meets the Jeffrey Open Space Trail, which heads both north and south. Take it south via the trail bridge over I-405 to reach even more trails in the city's system.

    Trail users should note that the Freeway Trail's segment east of Jeffrey Road can only be accessed via a brief detour on the Jeffrey Open Space Trail. Just be sure to continue east on the north side of I-405 instead of crossing the trail bridge.

  • Hicks Canyon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Hicks Canyon Trail is a short but scenic blacktop trail along the landscaped Hicks Canyon Wash. It starts at the Peters Canyon Trail near Hicks Canyon Community Park and climbs up the wash to end on Portola Parkway just northwest of Jeffrey Road. Featuring grade-separated crossings, the trail offers a pleasant experience through this part of Irvine.

    Runners and equestrians will both enjoy the parallel bridle trail which starts at the Hicks Canyon Trail's junction with the Peters Canyon Trail and continues to the trail's opposite end on Portola Parkway. The bridle trail is continuous except for about 200 yards where you need to use the paved trail instead.

    There are good trailside amenities in Hicks Canyon Community Park at the western end of the trail and in Citrusglen Park in the eastern section, plus trailside water, benches, shade trees and nice landscaping throughout.

  • El Cajon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Yorba Linda's El Cajon Trail courses through the city on a former irrigation canal that was abandoned and filled in after a flood made it impractical to use. Paved with a parallel equestrian and jogging path for its entire length (with the exception of a short portion that lacks the adjacent treadway at the far eastern end), the trail serves a variety of users and connects visitors and residents to a number of amenities in the Orange County city.

    Highlights along the route include the Phillip S. Paxton Equestrian Center, where lucky trail users might catch a glimpse of a competitive horse show, and the Yorba Linda Community Center near Hurless Barton Park. Uniquely, the trail also passes behind the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, which incorporates the 37th President's birthplace and childhood home, a museum featuring numerous artifacts related to his life and presidency, and even Nixon's presidential helicopter, as well as his final resting place.

  • Woodbridge Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Woodbridge Trail, while short, is one of the most scenic in Irvine's extensive trail network. Views of two lakes and surrounding mountains unfold around each bend. It's a great route for families with kids, and that is what you will find. The curves and trail traffic enforce a slower pace, perfect for taking in the views on a sunny weekend.

    Trail bridges offer safe passage over busy Alton Parkway and Barranca Parkway. The trail is well connected, intersecting both the San Diego Creek Trail and Freeway Trail. To the north, 0.7 mile of bike lanes on Yale Avenue take you to the Walnut Trail, which runs along an active rail line and offers yet another connection to the Peters Canyon Trail.

  • Venta Spur Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Venta Spur Trail travels along the narrow corridor of a former rail spur that began serving the Frances Packing House—a major citrus processing facility—in 1916. Today, the popular trail serves the local neighborhoods. The western portion is shaded and lushly landscaped, while the eastern portion leaves the former rail corridor to parallel neighborhood roads.

    The trail cuts across much of Irvine, from the Peters Canyon Trail to State Route 133 near Orange County Great Park. At Jeffrey Road, the trail also connects to the developing Jeffrey Open Space Trail, which extends north to the outer fringes of Irvine.

  • Rio Hondo River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 17.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Rio Hondo River Trail runs for more than 17 miles through Los Angeles County along its namesake waterway, a partially channelized tributary of the Los Angeles River. The trail extends northeast from its junction with the Los Angeles River Trail, which heads north to Vernon and south to Long Beach, to Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia.

    Several neighborhood parks along the way provide opportunities to picnic, play or relax, including Crawford Park in Downey, where a bridge transports trail users over the river, John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, Treasure Island Park in Downey, Veterans Memorial Park in Commerce, Grant Rea Park in Montebello and the trail's northern endpoint at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia.

    The large Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is perhaps the most scenic element along the trail's route. The popular local destination offers hiking trails, lakes perfect for fishing, and tennis and volleyball courts, among many other amenities. Trail users can also connect to the winding San Gabriel River Trail from the recreation area via a trail spur extending southeast from San Gabriel Boulevard.

  • San Gabriel River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 38 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The San Gabriel River Trail extends from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean. A key component of Los Angeles County's transportation infrastructure, the trail connects to the Rio Hondo River Trail, Bellflower Bike Trail and Coyote Creek Bikeway, forming the backbone of a huge trail system for the region. An eventual connection to the Whittier Greenway Trail will provide additional recreational and transportation options for residents of that city.

    The trail travels through an exceptionally diverse landscape. In the south, the trail follows the channelized river past a mix of industrial and residential surroundings, while the northern portion opens up to scenic vistas of the surrounding mountains. The trail and river—left to its natural course in the north—also passes through scenic protected areas here, including the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area and Whittier Narrows.

  • Coyote Creek Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Running through large Los Angeles suburbs in both Los Angeles County and Orange County, the Coyote Creek Bikeway follows the channelized bank of the creek through residential and industrial neighborhoods. A good commuting or recreational option, it provides access from much of inland Orange County to the Pacific Ocean via the connecting San Gabriel River Trail, as well as to other destinations in the area.

    Midway, you'll find one of the trail's gems: Cerritos Regional County Park, where trail users can refresh themselves with water, restrooms and a stroll around the lake. Picnic tables are available for lunch, and many athletic facilities round out the opportunities here: tennis courts, basketball courts, a gym, pool and exercise stations.

    At its southern end, the trail connects to the 38-mile San Gabriel River Trail, which continues south to Seal Beach on the Pacific Ocean and north to Azusa at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Both trails are part of the OC Loop, a regional trail network that will one day span 66 miles throughout Orange County.

    A shorter, disconnected segment of the Coyote Creek Bikeway runs from Buena Park through La Mirada to La Habra. Eventually, this section will be linked to the main trail, but first, a challenging crossing of Interstate 5 must be negotiated.

  • West Irvine Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    To the trail user, the West Irvine Trail and Peters Canyon Bikeway are one continuous trail with two names in three cities. The northern component of the Peters Canyon Regional Trail, both paths feature a blacktop lane for cyclists and a decomposed granite track for joggers and equestrians. Together, they join Irvine's Peters Canyon Trail to popular Peters Canyon Regional Park on the Tustin–Orange border.

    The West Irvine Trail starts on Bryan Avenue at the bridge over State Route 261. Cross the bridge on its sidewalk to reach the Peters Canyon Trail—not to be confused with Tustin's Peters Canyon Bikeway farther north—which heads both north and south along its namesake wash.

    After running through the dense neighborhood of West Irvine, the West Irvine Trail ends at Valencia Park, where it dives under Jamboree Road and becomes the Peters Canyon Bikeway in Tustin. Continue on that trail for a much longer journey north to Peters Canyon Regional Park.

  • San Juan Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The San Juan Creek Trail starts where the creek meets the Pacific Ocean at Doheny State Beach in scenic Dana Point. From there, it runs on the levee along the western bank of San Juan Creek to its confluence with Trabuco Creek at Descanso Park in San Juan Capistrano. It meets the Robert McCollum Memorial Bicycle Trail, also known as the Trabuco Creek Trail (East Bank), here at a trail bridge. Take that short path north to Los Rios Park and beyond.

    Alternatively, continue east on the San Juan Creek Trail to reach far eastern neighborhoods of San Juan Capistrano, passing under Interstate 5 and running next to Calle Arroyo along the way. Several horse stables line the trail northeast of I-5, and a parallel soft-surface path for equestrian users runs from just west of La Novia Avenue to trail's end at Avenida Siega.

  • Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path is a scenic multipurpose trail that runs from the tip of the breakwater opposite Island Grissom at the Long Beach Shoreline Marina to Long Beach's Belmont Shore neighborhood. Running along a white sand beach for nearly its entire journey, the trail provides direct access to the Pacific Ocean and the city's popular Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.

    The path, which is 17 feet wide, features separate 6-foot-wide bike lanes and a 5-foot-wide pedestrian lane, offering ample room for trail users of all types. As you can imagine, views from the trail are spectacular: cranes of the container port, oil islands and ships anchored in the outer harbor mix with more traditionally beautiful scenes of Palos Verdes and the mouth of the San Gabriel River in the distance.

  • Jeffrey Open Space Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Irvine's Jeffrey Open Space Trail, currently open in three disconnected segments, has won awards for its landscaping and innovative design incorporating a series of intaglio panels in the concrete bed of the trail. The panels take you through a 500-year history of the Irvine Ranch area.

    The paved trail parallels Jeffrey Road among a suburban landscape of neighborhoods, shopping plazas and, as the name suggests, open space. At Bryan Avenue (Long Meadow), it links with the Venta Spur Trail. There's a break in the trail between Interstate 5 and the next short segment, which intersects the Walnut Trail adjacent to an active rail line.

    At Barranca Parkway, the third and final segment picks up again and heads south to I-405. Along the way, connections to the San Diego Creek Trail and Freeway Trail increase the trail's utility. Near the trail's southern end, cross over the freeway on a pedestrian bridge and link with the Juanita Moe Trail heading east or the popular University Trail heading west.

  • Turtle Rock Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Turtle Rock Trail meanders its way through the neighborhood of the same name in southern Irvine. The path is a short—but serious—aerobic workout, as it features climbs to the trail's high point at Ridgeline Drive from both endpoints.

    Common to Irvine's well-regarded trails, the Turtle Rock Trail features attractive landscaping, and several parks dot the route. Reach the scenic Quail Hill Preserve via either the Shady Canyon Trail at the Turtle Rock Trail's southern end or the University Trail at its northern end. Both of these paths connect to other trails in Irvine's extensive network, offering additional opportunities for recreation and transport.

  • Salt Creek Trail (CA)

    State: CA
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Salt Creek Trail, with more arms than an octopus, offers a variety of experiences for trail users of all types in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. Featuring two sections, several branches and a mix of surfaces, the trail winds throughout the two communities, offering a scenic tour of the area.

    The trail begins on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Salt Creek Beach Park in Dana Point and climbs up a coastal canyon, passing by a golf course and diving under the Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) along the way. Next it climbs the west side of the Arroyo Salado with Salt Creek below. Views of the ocean unfold behind you with the canyon ahead and below.

    Continuing inland, the trail crosses Niguel Road, where trail users are faced with a choice: continue north to travel along Niguel Road to a terminus in a neighborhood on Niguel Ranch Road, or travel east through San Juan Canyon to Chapparosa Community Park and an endpoint by a dog park on Golden Lantern Street. Popular Chapparosa Community Park features a variety of amenities, including a playground, picnic tables, basketball and volleyball courts, athletic fields, restrooms and drinking fountains.

    A disconnected section of trail begins farther north on Crown Valley Parkway and skirts the edge of the Sulphur Creek Reservoir to end in Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Across from the park—an ideal fishing spot—pick up the Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail for a longer journey north or south along its namesake creek.

  • University Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The scenic University Trail begins at a connection with the San Diego Creek Trail and runs east along University Drive through southern Irvine. The trail stretches the length of William R. Mason Regional Park, which is divided by Culver Drive into two unique experiences: a landscaped picnic ground in the west and a wild barranca in the east.

    A paved spur to University High School serves commuting students, teachers and staff, while the route along the northern edge of the picturesque Quail Hill Preserve provides visual interest on the trail's eastern end. In addition to the connection with the San Diego Creek Trail, the University Trail directly links with a host of other trails, including the Turtle Rock Trail, Jeffrey Open Space Trail and Juanita Moe Trail.

  • Bellflower Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bellflower Bike Trail runs for more than 2 miles on the right-of-way of the old Pacific Electric transit system—also known as the Red Cars—across Bellflower. At its zenith in the 1920s, Pacific Electric was the largest electric railway system in the world, operating over a thousand miles of interurban track in Southern California, including this line between Los Angeles and Santa Ana.

    The trail begins at a bridge connection with the popular San Gabriel River Trail at Ruth R. Caruthers Park on the banks of the San Gabriel River. Skirting the edge of the park, the trail ultimately joins the former rail corridor at the southern end of Ripon Avenue and heads northwest to its terminus on Somerset Boulevard, just beyond the Bellflower–Paramount city line.

    Most of the trail consists of striped bike lanes and a skinnier pedestrian path separated by a small strip of decomposed granite. The street crossings are at-grade near the corridor, but the required maneuvers are signed well. Along the trail's length, attractive street lights allow for use after dark, while local flora beautifies the corridor.

    The Pacific Electric Train Depot on Bellflower Boulevard—restored to its original state in 2008—is a must-see period piece, and restrooms are even available in the baggage shed. Rail remnants along the trail's route provide additional reminders of the area's unique transportation history.

  • Santiago Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Santiago Creek Trail is a scenic urban ride up a portion of Santiago Creek northeast from the Westfield MainPlace Mall to Collins Avenue in Orange. From Collins Avenue, the trail heads south to parallel E. Prospect Avenue then picks up E. Bond Avenue to Hewes Street, north to Villa Park Road and east again to end just north of E. Santiago Canyon Road along Cannon Street.

    There are numerous trees shading the trail, making it a pleasant and scenic place for a ride, run or walk. In addition, a spur heads north from the main trail near E. Walnut Avenue, ultimately paralleling N. Wanda Road to a terminus at the bike lanes on Villa Park Road in Villa Park, a small city completely surrounded by Orange. This part of the Santiago Creek Trail follows a portion of the former Tustin Branch, a Southern Pacific rail line that serviced the local orange-packing industry between 1905 and 1969.

  • Robert McCollum Memorial Bicycle Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Robert McCollum Memorial Bicycle Trail, also known as the Trabuco Creek Trail (East Bank), is a short paved path along Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. The trail begins at a junction with the San Juan Creek Trail in Descanso Park—located directly behind City Hall—and runs north to its end at Avenida de la Vista.

    Along the way, the trail passes under Del Obispo Street and adjacent to scenic Los Rios Park, one of the newest parks in San Juan Capistrano. Equestrian users, hikers and mountain bikers should consider extending their journey on the Trabuco Creek Trail (West Bank), which is rustic and unpaved but extends farther north along the creek.

  • Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The scenic Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail runs along the Pacific Ocean waterfront of the most populous beach city in Orange County. Paved over its entire length and remarkably wide at some points, the trail is popular with a diverse range of trail users, including families with small children, inline skaters, joggers and those simply using the path to access the city's pristine beaches.

    The path's northern end courses through Bolsa Chica State Beach, a popular spot for surfing, sunbathing and RV camping, while the southern end passes through Huntington State Beach, arguably the best place to surf in California. Between the two, Huntington Beach City Beach features a municipal pier with direct access from the trail.

    At the trail's southern terminus, turn north on the Santa Ana River Trail to travel uninterrupted for dozens of miles into inland Orange County and beyond.

  • Dana Point Headlands Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    Want an enjoyable loop hike through a new preserve and three parks with stunning ocean views throughout? Check out the trail system in the Dana Point Headlands, a scenic coastal area in Orange County.

    The system is a mix of natural-surface hiking trails and paved shared-use paths. Several overlooks offer an opportunity to take in the gorgeous ocean vistas and breathe in the salty air. Uniquely, the trail also connects to a funicular on Strands Beach. Free to ride, the inclined elevator transports visitors from the bluff to the beach and vice versa.

  • Los Angeles River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 23.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Los Angeles River Trail—also known as the Los Angeles River Bike Path, Los Angeles River Bikeway, Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Lario Trail—is open in two disconnected segments along its namesake waterway in Los Angeles County. Channelized for nearly the entirety of its run through the highly urbanized area, the adjacent river is the subject of sizeable plans to restore the original habitat and open it to recreational use.

    In the north, the shorter open section of trail begins in Los Angeles near the Glendale–Burbank border and runs south to Los Angeles' Egret Park on Riverside Drive. Wedged between the river and Interstate 5 for most of its journey, the trail isn't particularly scenic. (This can be frustrating when you consider famous Griffith Park is just on the other side of the freeway but completely inaccessible from the trail.)

    However, several new parks along the trail's route—all recently opened as part of the rehabilitation of the river and its immediate surroundings—do provide a pleasant diversion from the otherwise urban landscape. Sunnynook River Park offers a larger space to view native plants and trees, while Rattlesnake Park, Marsh Park, Elysian Valley Gateway Park (a particularly good spot to view the range of birds that call the area home) and Egret Park are smaller places to relax before you resume your trip.

    After a significant gap near downtown Los Angeles, the longer southern trail segment begins in almost exclusively industrial Vernon, the smallest incorporated city in California. Like the northern portion, the trail continues south along the western side of the channelized river, but it soon crosses to the eastern side via the Imperial Highway's bridge. Here, it also meets the Rio Hondo River Trail, which heads northeast along its namesake tributary to the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and beyond.

  • Oceanfront Boardwalk

    State: CA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Oceanfront Boardwalk begins in West Newport Beach at the end of 36th Street and runs nearly 3 miles down the Balboa Peninsula. Along the way, trail-goers will find restaurants, dory fishermen, upscale beachfront housing, and views of ocean and sand. Highlights of the trail include the historic Balboa Pier, constructed more than 100 years ago, and the Newport Pier, overlooking a beautiful beach. The popular trail is typically thronged with walkers and riders, so be prepared for a relaxing, slow-speed saunter through the scenery.

  • Castaways Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.02 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The short Castaways Trail has expansive views of the mountains, ocean, Upper Newport Bay and Newport Harbor. Much of the 1-mile path runs along the bluffs in Castaways Park and the trail offers several overlooks to take in the scenery. Both tails of the trail end at Dover Drive, so travelers can make a loop by continuing along the roadway, passing by Bob Henry Park along the way.

  • PROJECT: West Santa Ana Branch/ Pacific Electric Corridor

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface:

    The Pacific Electric Right-of-Way (PE ROW) / West Santa Ana Branch Corridor is a railroad right-of-way that extends for approximately 20 miles between the City of Paramount in Los Angeles County and the City of Santa Ana in Orange County. The railroad corridor was once part of the Pacific Electric Railway, or Red Car, system that provided mass transit service to Southern California from 1901 to 1961. Much of the corridor has been abandoned and is not currently used, but passes through heaviliy populated areas in need of transportation alternatives. Trail development will be challenging due to difficult street crossings in much of the corridor, but can be successful if combined with the development of mass transit on the corridor. Bellflower has already completed the Bellflower Bikeway in the corridor.

    The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), in coordination with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), is conducting a transit Alternatives Analysis (AA) for the PE ROW / West Santa Ana Branch. The AA will examine potential transit service along the corridor that can provide additional travel options between Los Angeles and Orange Counties, reduce congestion on nearby streets and freeways, and provide adjacent communities with access to the regional transit network.
  • Victoria Avenue Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Victoria Avenue Bike Path parallels a scenic parkway dotted with palm trees that was built in 1892 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The northeastern end of the trail offers a peaceful ride through charming Riverside neighborhoods. As the trail continues southwest, the views become more rural with stands of orange groves along the way.

    The route also offers a safe and convenient way for students to travel as the pathway is in close proximity to Gage Middle School, Washington Elementary School and Harrison Elementary School. However, a short gap interrupts the otherwise continuous trail from Harrison Street to Tyler Street, so cyclists will need to safely merge into the parallel roadway.

  • Arroyo Seco Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Arroyo Seco Bike Path runs about 2 miles between South Pasadena and northeast Los Angeles, offering views of the LA skyline and the distant mountains. It begins south of Pasadena Avenue and travels southwest along its namesake stream for its entire route.

    Although the trail parallels the Arroyo Seco Parkway (State Route 110), the traffic noise is hardly noticeable. The pathway travels under the cover of tall sycamore and oak trees and offers access to Hermon Park (also known as Arroyo Seco Park) and Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. South of Avenue 49, you can also take a pedestrian bridge over the Arroyo Seco to reach Sycamore Grove Park.

    Your journey will end at the Montecito Heights Recreation Center. This is less than a third of a mile from the must-see Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street), which interprets 100 years of Southern California history—from 1850 to 1950—through a series of preserved Victorian-era homes.

    One day it's hoped the path will continue farther south to connect with the Los Angeles River Trail.

  • Southern Avenue Greenway

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Open space is precious in South Gate, and the Southern Avenue Greenway—which runs under overhead power lines—provides an off-street walking and biking route, as well as play areas for the community. There are numerous street crossings, so caution is needed at the intersections. Many of the crossings occur far from the corners and can be dangerous if trail users and drivers alike fail to watch for oncoming traffic.

    The Southern Avenue Greenway does not yet connect to the Los Angeles River Trail, but a future link would provide South Gate residents with numerous options for both long-distance commuting and recreational trail trips.

  • Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail is a 3-mile paved trail that serves as both a recreational amenity and an active transportation alternative for locals looking to get to nearby locations without driving. Such locations include The Promenade In Temecula shopping mall, Chaparral High School and the Rancho Temecula Town Center, all of which are within easy walking distance from the trail.

    Beginning at Nakayama Park, the path travels alongside Nicolas Road to Voorburg Park and Nicolas Road Park before branching off from the road towards busy shopping centers. The trail passes under State Route 79 and skirts the retail properties, traveling independent of mall vehicular traffic, so users will have an undisturbed ride or walk. Since just a small barrier of bushes and pavement separates the path from the parking lots, it is easy to hop off at any point to reach your desired destination.

  • Upper Bay Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The short Upper Bay Trail arcs around the northern edge of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve near the Newport Beach–Irvine city line. The protected estuary, home to six rare avian species, is considered to be one of the best birdwatching areas in North America.

    The trail itself is situated on a bluff, offering expansive views of the bay. At the trail's eastern end on Jamboree Road, continue south on the sidewalk over the bridge to travel a much longer route into Irvine on the San Diego Creek Trail.

  • Juanita Moe Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Juanita Moe Trail—formerly known as the Quail Hill Trail—is a short path along Interstate 405 south of downtown Irvine. Forming a link between the University Trail and Jeffrey Open Space Trail in the west and the Shady Canyon Trail in the east, the trail is most valuable as a utilitarian connector in the city's impressive trail network.

    However, views of the scenic Quail Hill Preserve—perhaps the best known of Irvine's natural landmarks—to the south make the short trail worth visiting in its own right. Connect to the hiking-only Quail Hill Loop Trail within the preserve to further explore the scenic area.

  • Bonita Canyon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Bonita Canyon Trail is a sidepath along Culver Drive and Bonita Canyon Drive linking the Orange County cities of Irvine and Newport Beach. Near the trail's midpoint, pick up the Shady Canyon Trail to head northeast to the scenic Quail Hill Preserve. Alternatively, continue on the sidewalk past University High School to reach the popular University Trail from the Bonita Canyon Trail's northern endpoint.

  • Harvard Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Harvard Trail is a short sidepath along Harvard Avenue in Irvine. Beautifully landscaped, lit and featuring smooth concrete, the trail is a much more pleasant experience than your average roadside trail.

    In the north, connect to the Walnut Trail to head east along an active rail line, or cross the tracks, Como Channel and Harvard Avenue to pick up the Peters Canyon Trail. (Access to the Peters Canyon Trail is also available farther south at Warner Avenue.) From the trail's southern endpoint, continue on the San Diego Creek Trail for a scenic trek south or east.

  • Peters Canyon Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    To the trail user, the West Irvine Trail and Peters Canyon Bikeway are one continuous trail with two names in three cities. The northern component of the Peters Canyon Regional Trail, both paths feature a blacktop lane for cyclists and a decomposed granite track for joggers and equestrians. Together, they join Irvine's Peters Canyon Trail to popular Peters Canyon Regional Park on the Tustin–Orange border.

    The Peters Canyon Bikeway begins across Jamboree Road from Irvine's Valencia Park. Pass under the road to pick up the West Irvine Trail, which provides access to much of the city's extensive trail network at Bryan Avenue. Continue north on the Peters Canyon Bikeway instead to parallel local roads through Tustin, passing scenic Citrus Ranch Park and Cedar Grove Park along the way.

    The trail ends at Peters Canyon Regional Park, where trail users can continue on one of the local favorite's many hiking trails. (Cyclists will need to park their bikes.) The park is a popular spot to view wildlife, and its 340 acres provide a full day's worth of sightseeing.

    Farther north, a disconnected section of trail runs along Jamboree Road from Canyon View Avenue to E. Santiago Canyon Road in Orange, directly across from Santiago Canyon College. In the near future, a paved trail will be developed linking the two segments, formally completing both the Peters Canyon Bikeway and Peters Canyon Regional Trail.

  • Tracks at Brea

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Tracks at Brea is a developing 4-mile route across the city of Brea, which lies about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It will consist of a two-lane paved bikeway and a separate footpath for pedestrians.

    The project is being built in stages; currently, a 0.4-mile segment is complete along the western edge of downtown. At the southern end of the open section, you’ll find Arovista Park, which offers athletic facilities, play areas, and picnic tables. From the park, the trail heads north, passing a shopping and dining complex and then residential homes.

  • Oso Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Oso Creek Trail offers just over four miles of paved pathway connecting Jeronimo Open Space Park and Oso Viejo Community Park in the suburban southern California city of Mission Viejo.

    Much of the trail is tree-lined with creek views and dotted with mosaic artwork and benches. Unique features also include a butterfly garden, hedge maze, and peace obelisk. In the community park, you'll find recreational amenities, such as a sprawling playground, baseball diamonds, and picnic tables.

    The southern end of the trail (south of La Paz Road) also provides access to the shops that line Marguerite Parkway.