Jamboree to North Tustin Loop

ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, JAMBOREE TO NORTH TUSTIN This route is a challenging training ride used by top cyclists, clubs and recreationalists throughout the area. It is a rare day when you ride this route and don’t at some point find yourself traveling with a peloton of riders. Two memorable climbs make up this ride, the first a low grade, five mile slog up Jamboree. The second hill that is sure to stick in your mind is the shorter but steeper climb up Chapman Avenue. This ride begins at Centennial Park in Tustin. The first few miles are pleasantly flat before you turn onto Jamboree Road at 2.66 miles. Here you will begin the first ascent, with this lower section of such a low grade you may not even notice you are going uphill. This is also where the route passes the Irvine Marketplace, a sprawling shopping center. Watch for traffic exiting and entering parking lots, especially on weekends. At 7.43 miles you will find yourself passing Peters Canyon Regional Park and if you are looking for a place to break and picnic, you could do worse than stopping here. This beautiful park is home to mule deer, raccoons, hawks, water fowl and a large reservoir. Mountain bikers will find enough trails to keep them trekking all day. Jamboree ends at Irvine Regional Park, an equally beautiful open space that is worthy of a day’s exploration. On Chapman Avenue you will find yourself staring up a mountain. Steep, but thankfully short. After the long, slow climb of Jamboree at least this hill is surmounted relatively quickly. Once on Newport Boulevard there is one more relatively small hill to climb, but after the other hills, you are going to really feel these last 125 feet. From here it is literally all downhill, an exhilarating, well-earned descent from the top of Newport until it becomes a gentle slope near La Colina Drive. Worth noting is the fact that La Colina is a smaller street and you could easily zip right past it if you are not looking for it at 18.94 miles. Side Trip Peters Canyon and Irvine Regional Park are both beautiful places to spend a few hours exploring. At the intersection of Bryan Avenue and Jamboree Road you will find the sprawling Irvine Marketplace with plenty of shopping opportunities. FOOD AND DRINK After the steep climb up Chapman, you may be looking for a friendly place to stop. Consider the nondescript shopping center at Chapman Avenue and Newport Boulevard. ACCESS By bus, there are no bus routes to the ride’s start, however, OCTA 54 intersects with Chapman Avenue near the halfway point. By car, take exit 101 Red Hill Road, southbound, off of Interstate 5. After 0.5 miles turn left onto Walnut Avenue, followed by a right onto Oxford Avenue at 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Roanoke Avenue, the Centennial Park parking lot will be on your right.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
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): 37.0
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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