Pacific Electric Trails to SART

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, PACIFIC ELECTRIC TRAILS This route, which starts near downtown Santa Ana, whisks you alternately past residential homes, gritty industrial buildings, alongside actual railroad tracks and trains, then through a commercial zone until finally connecting to the Santa Ana River Trail. The Pacific Electric Bicycle Trail is a reminder of the Red Line that once connected Orange County to the distant city of Los Angeles. The first 1.8 miles of this route passes through residential neighborhoods and is often crossed by smaller streets. This section can be hazardous as it is not always clear who has the right of way; exercise caution. Strollers and joggers also use this path which at times can be rather narrow. The path quickly passes into a more urban environment as you find yourself traveling alongside commercial freight lines. Industry and concrete line the trail. At 2.92 miles the route forks and you will want to make certain to turn right and cross the pedestrian bridge. Traveling straight here will leave you stranded at a dangerously busy six lane road without bike lanes. At 5.16 miles, after traveling along Susan Avenue, the route reaches MacArthur Boulevard. Signs here can be confusing regarding the bike lane. The sidewalk is a designated bike path. Although narrow at first, the sidewalk soon broadens into a more typical bike path. It is not recommended that cyclists travel on the road as there is absolutely no shoulder to ride along. At 6.13 this route intersects with the Santa Ana River Trail and for those looking to add mileage, head south to beach or ride north into the Santa Ana Mountains. FOOD AND DRINK Although there are few dining opportunities along the route, historic downtown Santa Ana is teeming with dining opportunities. Consider The Playground, a trendy, push-the-envelope eatery or the Gypsy Den where you might feel like you just climbed into your attic for teatime. ACCESS By bus, OCTA route 64 makes a stop at the corner of First and Maple streets near the ride’s start. By car, take Interstate 5 to exit 103, Fourth Street, westbound. After .5 miles, turn left onto Grand Avenue, followed by a right onto First Street. After 0.7 miles, turn left on Maple Street and at the intersection with Chestnut Street, the ride begins.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
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): 21.0
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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