Route: Laguna Hills/San Juan Capistrano

No climbing. Direct connection, Laguna Hills to the beach.

July 24, ’11 – Update Construction at the La Paz/ I-5 freeway underpass. Use caution, merge early to/from Cabot and LaPaz.

This route follows the railroad and Oso Creek along the historic alignment of US 101. The original highway was ripped out when the I-5 freeway, and later, a sewage treatment plant were built. But by using the stairs at the Aliso Viejo Metrolink Station and the service road over Oso Creek, bicyclists can still enjoy the lowest at-grade route between inland Orange County and Doheny Beach.

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Cabot Rd. below Rapid Falls

Camino Capistrano south of the Metrolink station.

Google Earth image of Oso Creek service road.

At La Paz Rd. ride:

South     Cabot Rd.

At Rapid Falls (signal):

Left        onto service road

Cross     Oso Creek on service road

Exit       through gate, and

South     onto Forbes Rd.

Cross Crown Valley Pkwy.

Left into Metrolink dropoff

Walk downstairs, under tracks

Right south, Camino Capistrano

Continue into San Juan Capistrano

— to Doheny S.P. and the beach —

Continue on Camino Capistrano, or
Jog Right   Oso Rd.

Left      de la Vista, to end

Left      San Juan Creek trail to the beach