Peters Canyon Bikeway


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Peters Canyon Bikeway Facts

States: California
Counties: Orange
Length: 2.9 miles
Trail end points: West Irvine Trail at Valencia Park on Jamboree Rd. (Tustin) and E. Santiago Canyon Rd. north of Peters Canyon Regional Park (Orange)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8628398
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Peters Canyon Bikeway Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Peters Canyon Bikeway is available at Valencia Park (3081 Trevino Drive) in Irvine, Citrus Ranch Park (2910 Portola Parkway) or Cedar Grove Park (11385 Pioneer Road) in Tustin, or Peters Canyon Regional Park (8548 E. Canyon View Avenue) in Orange. Note that a parking fee of $3 per day applies at the latter facility.

Peters Canyon Bikeway Reviews

Here's a quick description of the trail:
Asphalt, runs parallel to Jamboree and requires crossing of intersections where cars drive. Mostly gentle hills and flat stretches, but there are a few hills that are quite alarming in size and steepness. Not recommended for beginning skaters.

Now, to the review:
To be blunt, it is not a smooth ride if you're wearing inline skates. It is slightly smoother than the street, and not nearly as preferable as the sidewalk that travels alongside it, which is as smooth as a baby's bottom. It is also disappointing that you have to stop skating to wait for the light to change. It's always nice when a trail is an independent part of the landscape that doesn't require you to yield to traffic, such as those that have overpasses or underpasses.

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