Cypress La Palma Loop

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, CYPRESS LA PALMA LOOP Originally dairy land, both the cities of La Palma and Cypress grew into quiet suburbs in the shadow of the larger metropolitan centers of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Neither city has a hill or any significant incline unless you count a couple of bridges and both have been proactive in maintaining and developing bicycle paths as part of their overall transit plans. These two facts make this area a real pleasure to ride through. Paths are plentiful and well-marked and I found motorists to be courteous and polite at crossings and in general. This bike ride begins on El Rancho Verde bike path near La Palma’s Central Park. Almost every thoroughfare in these two cities has a bike lane and they are used most often as commuter routes. This means that bike lanes, and roads, will be busiest during weekday rush hours. If you ride through on the weekend you are likely to have a very peaceful ride, full of solitude. As you travel along Orange Avenue, Cypress College rolls into view. From here you are looking at the back side of the campus with lots of green space and a running track, all open to the public. The campus buildings have a futuristic look with lots of concrete and glass as well as a campanile that sits at the campus center. Near the main entrance off of Valley View Street, the swap meet takes place on Saturdays and Sundays year round. You’ll find collectibles, food and fun activities for the kids here. At 6.31 miles is Veteran’s Park, an excellent location to make a detour and enjoy a snack in the park. There is also a skate park located here. Nearby is the Cypress Nature Park which is home to hummingbirds, kestrels, a fox, opossums and a variety of trees and insects. Originally a flood control basin, the park is open primarily during summer months. Side Trip Cypress College Swap Meet takes place on weekends year round and is a fun place to shop for collectibles, plants and entertain the kids with bounce houses. Veterans Park is a great place for a picnic and has a skate park for the kids. FOOD AND DRINK In La Palma you will find plenty of Asian restaurants, especially Korean and Mongolian barbecue. In Cypress, the fare is more mainstream American with lots of larger chain restaurants. ACCESS There By bus, OCTA routes 21, 38, 42, 46 intersect with this route, however there is no bus that connects to the ride’s beginning. By car, take the 91 Freeway to the Orangethorpe exit, westbound. Turn left on Walker Street and drive half a mile before turning left in Central Park parking lot.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Difficulty: Intermediate (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hours
Fitness Level: Medium
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): 17.0
Elevation Gain (metres): 17
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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