Aliso Creek Bikeway

ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, ALISO CREEK BIKEWAY Aliso Creek Bikeway is the kind of route that will get you excited to hop on your bike. The ride takes off from Sheep Hill Park and meanders northward following Aliso Creek through attractive parks and wetlands with the route often dipping onto the creek bed itself. Car-free and safe, this is a route you are sure to ride many times. The route start just outside of Sheep Hill Park. At the beginning the route runs parallel to city streets before turning away from the road at 1.15 miles and to travel beside the creek. The first few miles the stream is channelized before it becomes a more natural looking, sandy bottomed creek. At this point vegetation increases and a whole range of birds can be found from red tail hawks to sandpipers to snowy egrets. Through this section the trail dips down to run beside the creek and if you are riding after recent storms you may find these parts under water or covered in mud. If this happens, follow signs that indicate alternative routes that bypass these hazards. The last couple of miles the path gets steeper as the creek passes between Whiting Ranch Wilderness and O’Neill Regional Park. For mountain bikers and hikers, there are some excellent trails connected to this ride. At 9.37 miles the route connects to Live Oak Canyon Trail. The turnaround point at 9.43 miles marks the end of the Aliso Creek Bikeway and for those looking for a serious challenge with heart-pounding climbs, you could continue north and take Santiago Canyon, in reverse. For those already satisfied with the nearly 1,000 feet of climbing they have already done, turn around and enjoy the gentle downhill back to the start. FOOD AND DRINK The route passes through neighborhoods and parks and while there are plenty of excellent places to picnic and refill a water bottle, there are no dining opportunities easily accessed on the ride. At 24802 Alicia Parkway, near the intersection with Interstate 5, are a number of dining opportunities. After the ride pop into Lulu’s Creperie or swing by Natraj Cuisine of India. ACCESS By bus, OCTA route 188 makes a stop near Sheep Hill Park. By car, take exit 90, Alicia Parkway, off of Interstate 5, and head south for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Moulton Parkway and after 0.6 miles turn right on Laguna Hills Drive. Park on street next to Sheep Hill Park.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 2-4 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): 30.0
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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