Anaheim Canyon Metrolink to Corona Metrolink

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, ANAHEIM CANYON TO CORONA This bike ride travels through Santa Ana Canyon, connecting northern Orange County and the Inland Empire, going from Anaheim Canyon Metrolink to Corona Metrolink 33 kilometers away. Once in Corona board a train and return in style, or mount up and ride back to earn those bragging rights. Whichever option you choose, you will ride through beautiful natural environments alongside Southern California’s longest river before you reach a challenging climb, followed by a mellow downhill to Corona’s train station. After leaving the Anaheim Canyon station, you will quickly find yourself on the upper part of the Santa Ana River Trail. Through this stretch the river becomes more natural and wild. As an important part of migratory patterns, keep an eye out for a wide variety of birds as well as smaller animals, especially in the mornings. Traveling in late spring is a special treat as nature puts on a spectacular display of wild flowers and tree blossoms. Once you cross Gypsum Canyon Bridge, the bike ride starts climbing, first mild, rolling hills. At 22 kilometers that changes as a long challenging ascent over the next three kilometers lies ahead. This climb along Green River Road is the longest and most difficult in the North Inland section. For those who would like to avoid this climb, at 22.86 kilometers turn left onto Palisade Drive, followed 2.7 kilometers later by a left onto Serfas Club Drive. From there turn right onto Sixth Street where it will rejoin this route where Sixth crosses Buena Vista Avenue. While this alternate route avoids the biggest climbs, it does land you on Sixth earlier and longer than the original route and this is a much busier street. Corona, originally the self-proclaimed “lemon capital of the world”, was as late as the 1990s primarily an agricultural city. High real estate prices lead to its transformation into a suburb of the Orange County suburbs. One of the great advantages of this later development is the inclusion of bike routes. Throughout this tidy city you will find painted bike lanes, signs and lots of bike sharrows. FOOD AND DRINK Before you reach the Corona station at 80 West Grand you’ll find Spice it Up Market and Grill which serves traditional Indian food. Also nearby the Metrolink station at 300 Main Street is Lamppost Pizza Main Street Brewery. ACCESS By train, Metrolink’s Inland Empire-Orange County line stops at both stations on the route. By bus, OCTA buses 24, 28, 71, 167, 410, 411 all make stops at Anaheim Canyon Metrolink. By car, take the 91 Freeway to exit 32, Tustin Avenue, heading north. After 0.32 kilometers turn left onto Pacific Center Drive and into Metrolink parking lot.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Difficulty: Intermediate (Blue)
Ride Duration: Full day
Fitness Level: High
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 67.0
Elevation Gain (metres): 908
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire facilities
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber

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