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  • Ride of Silence – join us in Irvine and San Clemente
    March 4, 2014 | 3:23 am

    Ride of Silence

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30pm City of Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California = or =  San Clemente to Dana Point Wednesday at 6:30pm Join bicyclists across America who take time to remember fellow riders killed or injured on the nation’s highways. A slow easy ride in silence with opportunity to [...]

  • OC Tour de Cure 2012
    September 24, 2012 | 9:31 am

    As one of 83 cycling events in 43 states for diabetes, join over 250 riders as the OC Tour de Cure takes place this Saturday 9/29/12 in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The fundraiser supports nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes through the American Diabetes Association.

    There are 3 road and mountain routes to choose [...]

  • 2012 OC Gran Fondo
    September 23, 2012 | 8:51 am

    If you missed riding in The Tour, the Olympics, or even if you rode both, stretch your legs at a fundraiser on one of the 4 routes offered at the 2012 OC Gran Fondo. While primarily a fundraiser for  “Be A Hero Become A Donor” foundation (BAHBAD) and St. John Neumann Youth Ministry, there’s [...]

  • Road and Trail Closures in South County on 9/23/12
    September 21, 2012 | 5:40 am

    As a public safety message reminder from yesterday’s OC Register regarding road closures in the south county:

    The following roads and trails will be closed to the public between the hours of 06:00 thru 13:00:

    San Juan Creek Bike Trail  – closed between Doheny State Beach and Calle Arroyo La Novia Avenue  – closed between [...]

  • Bike Blvds in Anaheim?
    September 14, 2012 | 9:42 am

    The City of Anaheim is proposing Bicycle Boulevards on Lemon and Santa Ana Streets and want your feedback at an OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 22, 2012  from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre Patio 401 Lemon Street, Anaheim, CA 92805.

    The proposal includes removing the north bound traffic lane on Lemon St. [...]

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San Juan Creek

Towns: Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano
Heading: North / East Bound
Trailhead: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Distance: about 5 miles
Facilities:
  Full Restrooms / water at trailhead, also at parks along the way
Parking: Plenty of parking at Doheny State Beach ($), and by the harbor(free)

The path begins on the west bank of San Juan Creek near its mouth by the
lifeguard station. There is access to the path from the parking lot of Doheny State Beach just west of the creek before the bridge over it.

From the lifeguard station the path runs east and passes under the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Sometimes this underpass is flooded but passable using caution.  Since it is seawater, be sure to rinse your bike when you get home!  If the underpass is not passable, exit the park and go right on Harbor.  Cross Pacific Coast Hwy. onto the sidewalk and walk south on PCH to the path entrance on the left just before the bridge.

Head inland passing by Del Obispo Park, and Mission Bell Park.  Generally there is a tail wind (onshore flow) so conserve your energy for the return.  After  about 2.5 miles go right on the very rough wooden bridge.  You are crossing Trabuco creek and entering Descanso Veterans Park (restrooms, water).  The path to the left is the Robert McCollum Memorial Bicycle Trail which runs along side Trabuco Creek, passing under Del Obispo, for less than a mile to the south end of Avenida de la Vista.

Turn right after the bridge and follow the path as it bears left and goes under the railroad tracks, Camino Capistrano, and the 5 freeway. Leaving the freeway behind, the path enters a cul-de-sac on Paseo Tirador which bends to the left and meets Calle Arroyo.  Go right and continue, crossing La Novia until you reach Avenida Siega where the path ends.  Ahead on Avenida Siega is State Route 74 or The Ortega Highway - the gateway to the Inland Empire.

You are now about 5 miles from the beach, so you may retrace your route and
return directly, or explore at your leisure.

Note: Experienced cyclists not afraid of traffic might consider this path as a connector to the inland portions of the OC by continuing right on Ortega Hwy., then left on Antonio.  There is no shoulder for about .5 mile, along the highway from Ave. Siega towards Antonio and traffic can be very heavy with large  trucks and horse trailors.  Having scared the timid among you with that, a reasonable shoulder is available to ride on afterwards; as you see one of the last undeveloped areas of the OC, and buiding it out has already started.  Bring your legs, lungs, and low gears because Antonio will provide a great workout!
Happy Trails!

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