CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, FULLERTON LOOP This bike ride starts near the urban center of Fullerton and from there takes you out to the edge of suburban civilization as you traverse beautiful Carbon Canyon Regional Park. From there you will bike ride into the most northerly and western corner of Orange County before a challenging climb up Idaho Street returns you to Fullerton and eventually to the ride’s finish. Between the mileage and climbs, this ride is sure to reward you with a real sense of achievement. At mile 2.24 the route enters California State University of Fullerton campus. This school, once a vast orange grove, is now a campus of modern buildings and attractive landscaping. Be alert to pedestrian traffic and follow bike path signs as bicycling is allowed only on specific paths. Located in the northeast corner of the campus is the Fullerton Arboretum, 26 acres of botanical gardens with plants from around the world. The arboretum is open to the public and offers various classes throughout the year as well as offering unique and unusual plants for sale. From here a few modest climbs lie ahead until you reach the Carbon Canyon bike path just off Rose Drive. This path sneaks up on your left so keep an eye out for it or you will whizz right past it. The path is not especially long but it is rather steep as it takes you up to the top of Carbon Canyon Dam. Pause at the top long enough to enjoy the panoramic view before zipping down into the park. If you are looking for a place to picnic or even just rest for a bit, you won’t find a better venue than Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Lush and green, with plenty of activities to entice you, this is a wonderful park. The most formidable part of this ride hits you at 18.56 miles as you ride Idaho Street and cross Imperial Highway. Depending on how you feel about climbing, this one mile is an exciting, thrilling, awesome challenge or a grisly, grueling, agonizing crawl. The first section up to Sandalwood Avenue is the steepest and the rest is comparatively easy. Remember, it is only one mile. Side Trip Take a detour and visit the attractive campus of Fullerton College, or stop as you pass through Cal State Fullerton to explore Fullerton Arboretum. Near the ride’s finish, head to downtown Fullerton and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this historic district. ACCESS By bus, OCTA 43 makes a stop on Berkeley Avenue just north of the ride’s start. By car, take exit 28, Harbor Boulevard, off of the 91 Freeway and head north for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto North Berkeley Avenue and park in the lot on your left. FOOD AND DRINK Your best bet for food is near the ride’s end. Heading down Harbor Boulevard, less than a quarter mile, you will find McClain’s Coffeehouse with a relaxed vibe and great patio. On Chapman Avenue near the Harbor intersection is Chronic Tacos, a funky local food chain with tasty Mexican food.