The OC is a playground for action sports enthusiasts. Next to surfing, which Orange County is predominately known for, any activity is available to take part in, and accessible with ease. One of the most popular activities of any resident of Orange County is biking.
From short family-friendly rides to sweat-inducing workouts, continue reading for a list Orange County bike paths.
Top Orange County Bike Trails
1. Santa Ana River Trail & Parkway | 50 Miles (Roundtrip)
The Santa Ana River Trail spans across 3 different counties along the banks of the Santa Ana River. You can ride all the way from the Inland Empire to the beaches of Orange County. With this trail, you can experience all the different landscapes the OC has to offer. The entire loop is 50 miles long, but you can always hop on and off wherever you like.
This mostly paved flat trail kicks off in Huntington Beach and runs all the way through the Prado Dam in Chino Hills. Watch out for crowds on a nice day with joggers and even rollerbladers frequenting the route.
2. Fullerton Loop Bike Trail | 12 Miles
The Fullerton Loop Bike Trail offers a little taste of nature and challenge within metropolitan Orange County. This particular loop was originally the route of the Pacific Electric Railway “Red Car” line to Fullerton. You’ll find decently steep climbs and varying terrain throughout, which makes it the perfect route for beginning mountain bikers. Furthermore, the trail is marked at 12 miles, but you can always add on distance for a more challenging ride.
3. Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail | 8 Miles
There’s no more iconic Orange County bike route than the paved trail that winds through the beach in Surf City, USA. The iconic Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail links the Westside of HB to Newport Beach for a fun coastal ride. In our opinion, there’s nothing better than an evening ride from Huntington Beach all the way to Balboa Island. For an even better experience, start the ride in the evening and prepare for a beautiful sunset.
4. Mountains to Sea Trail Newport Beach | 12.1 miles
Kicking off in the Weir Canyon National Preserve, the Mountains to Sea Trail sprawls across urban areas, nature trails, and preserves. This moderately difficult route is a great way to experience Orange County while you cut through mountains all the way down the beach. As an added benefit, the various trails are split into sections based on difficulty and skillset. Keep in mind, the route is moderately trafficked by hikers and joggers alike.
5. San Clemente Single Tracks | 10.5 Miles
The San Clemente Single Tracks, also known as “The Weed Patch” is situated within the San Onofre State park system. It’s reserved for more advanced mountain bikers but offers up some of the best views in South Orange County. For the full Southern California experience, camp out at the San Mateo Campground and then head out for a surf once you’re done biking.
6. Aliso Creek Trail | 18.5 Miles
The Aliso Creek Trail is one of the most picturesque trails in Orange County because of beautiful parks you get to ride next to, rolling hills, kiosks showcasing the history of the area, and plenty of rest areas to relax at. This trail starts in South Laguna and ends in Rancho Santa Margarita.
7. Oso Creek Trail | 4+ Miles
The Oso Creek Trail, located in Mission Viejo between in Marguerite Parkway and Jeronimo Road, offers over 4 miles of creek and tree-lined paths with amazing views. While not the most intense or longest of trails, the views are the biggest selling point here and a perfect trail for beginners.
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