Hicks Trail Peters East Branch Loop
ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, HICKS TRAIL PETERS EAST BRANCH LOOP This family friendly bike ride takes you on a tour of the most northerly developed sections of the City of Irvine, Northwood Point and Orchard Hills which is still growing. Quiet and peaceful, traveling mostly bike paths, these trails are part of a larger, well planned system that take advantage of the bike’s potential. You are sure to see cyclists of all ages and abilities on this tour. The ride begins at Hicks Canyon Community Park, an attractive green space complete with barbecues, picnic tables, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and playgrounds. Hicks Canyon Trail passes the park’s entrance and as you leave the park turn left and head slightly downhill making your way towards the eastern branch of Peters Canyon Trail. At Bryan Avenue, this section of Peters Canyon Trail connects to the western branch which is part of the Mountains to the Sea Trail, covered in Rides 25 and 38. Completely car free and beautifully landscaped, consider adding blissful miles by either passing under Bryan Avenue, or crossing the bridges at 1.14 miles and riding up to Peters Canyon Regional Park. For this route, turn around at Bryan Avenue and ride to the end of the eastern branch of the trail. This ride continues onto the Portola side path, located on the far side of Portola Parkway. Do not cross at the trailhead as traffic moves quick around a blind curve. Bear left and cross at the light. At 3.5 miles Portola side path passes Orchard Hills shopping center which has a number of kid-friendly eateries. Also located here is Zov’s Neighborhood Café and Bar, a nicer dining experience with a Mediterranean flair. At 3.57 miles the ride turns off the bike path and heads up Culver Drive, which turns into Orchard Hills. This section is a long, moderately steep climb with onroad bike lanes and accounts for most of the 312 feet of elevation in this ride. At the peak, rest for a panoramic view of Irvine City Center before enjoying the pleasant cruise downhill. For those not interested in hills, continue on Portola side path straight across Culver Drive and rejoin the route when it loops back onto Portola Parkway. When the side path ends, cross to the other side of Portola where the road soon intersects with Hicks Canyon Trail. In the future, look for the side path to continue, with a tunnel connector. This section of the ride is the most attractive as the trail travels past giant eucalyptus trees and flower beds. A gravel side path runs parallel to the bike route and is an excellent running path. Through here the ride is almost all downhill, watch your speed. FOOD AND DRINK At 3.5 miles this ride passes Orchard Hills shopping center with a number of dining opportunities including a regional coffeehouse and pizza parlor. ACCESS By bus, OCTA route 79 intersects this ride along Irvine Boulevard as well as making a stop near the start, at Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard. By car, take Culver Street northbound, exit 99, off of Interstate 5 and travel for 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Viewpark Avenue, Hicks Canyon Community Park will be on your left.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Fitness Level:
Ultra Fit
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle

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