CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, COYOTE HILLS - WEST FULLERTON LOOP The route begins at well groomed Bastanchury Park before it passes Amerige Heights town center and this first half mile is nearly the only flat section of the entire route. Be alert as traffic into and out of the shopping center is heaviest along this stretch. Once you turn onto Gilbert Street your ascent begins, interrupted only by the length that connects Pioneer Avenue to North Parks Road. Over the next three miles you will find yourself climbing steadily. At the top of Parks Road you pass the Nora Kuttner Recreational Trail which passes through Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve. The trail is part of a larger series of connected trails that allow hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians to traverse a large part of the city. The Ward Nature Preserve is named after the Fullerton mayor who worked to preserve these 87 acres and is home to a diverse collection of flora and fauna. A visit after the rainy season will present the prettiest views with blooming wild flowers. Summertime can be blistering and stark. Coyotes, mountain lions and rattle snakes also call this mountainous area home so stay alert and ride with a buddy. You will arrive at the peak of your ascent along Idaho Street right under a utility access road bridge and in short order you find yourself in a steep descent as you cross into The City of La Habra. Watch your speed. On your right Vista del Valle Park quickly arrives and is a surprisingly large, green space to take a break and refill on water. From here you loop through a quiet suburban housing track before you climb back up Idaho. Although this climb is not as long as the front side it has a steeper grade and you are likely to find this to be the most challenging section of the ride. Side Trip For anyone owning a mountain bike, Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve offers an opportunity to explore a variety of challenging trails that link up to a larger network throughout Fullerton. Bastanchury Park is an excellent place to picnic as well as the place that connects Ride 9 to this one. FOOD AND DRINK Near the ride’s start is Amerige Heights town center with a number of eating options. There are a couple of parks along the route to fill up on water as needed. ACCESS By bus, OCTA routes 24 and 37 intersect this ride. By car, take Interstate Highway 5 to Beach Boulevard north. Travel two miles before turning right onto Malvern Avenue. Travel for another two and a half miles before turning left on Bastanchury Road. Turn left into Bastanchury Park.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
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: 14.0
Elevation Gain: 372
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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