Tour of Huntington Beach

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, TOUR HUNTINGTON BEACH Self-appointed Surf City, USA, Huntington Beach has long been a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts whether it be ocean sports, running or cycling. As you travel this route it immediately becomes clear these bike lanes are part of a larger system connecting all of Huntington Beach, and nearby Fountain Valley, and that there is certain logic to the system. Well-marked by signs and paint, expect to see riders of all ages and abilities traveling alongside as you ride this tour of Huntington Beach. Starting across from Huntington Beach City Hall you will find yourself surrounded by an eclectic mixture of modern buildings including city hall itself and its solar paneled parking lot, and older buildings such as meticulously maintained craftsmen homes and 100 year old Huntington Beach High School with its pastoral setting and distinctive bell tower. Nearby Lake Street, behind you when you start, is a serene stretch with mature trees and colorfully painted homes. The route heads from the city’s heart out towards the newly developed Seapoint area. Flanked by grand housing developments and quiet streets, this section of the ride is especially quiet and pleasant. At Seapoint Road, a left turn here will take you to the beach. Near the top of the climb up Seapoint is Weider Regional Park. A tiny green space with a creative climbing playground, there are panoramic views to behold here as well an excellent nature walk. At about the halfway mark you will find yourself passing Mile Square Park. this is a wonderful place to stop and have a picnic lunch or just relax under a shady tree beside one of the lakes. With a golf course, athletic fields and miles of bike paths, this giant green space is a destination point in itself. Near the ride’s completion is Main Street with its many diversions. There are bikini boutiques and gift shops, coffee bars and brew pubs, burger joints and sushi places. Just want to sit around and people watch? This is the place to do it. Located on Olive Street is the International Surf Museum, a quirky and highly entertaining museum full of old surfboards, photos, music and videos. Admission is free with a donation suggested. FOOD AND DRINK Main Street is three short blocks away with plenty to offer. Across from city hall at the start/finish is Seacliff Village Shopping Center with a number of popular restaurants. ACCESS By bus, OCTA buses intersecting the ride include 25, 35, 37, 70, 76, 172 and 178 which runs right past city hall and the ride’s start. By car, take Pacific Coast Highway to Goldenwest Street and turn right on Yorktown. City hall is located at the corner of Main Street and Yorktown Avenue.
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): 36.0
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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