Irvine Loop

ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, IRVINE LOOP This is a big connecting bike ride that runs through the heart of northern Irvine. There are so many on-street bike paths through this region that the variations of this route are endless. For those looking for a mostly flat loop along well maintained, wide bike paths, this fits the bill nicely. As new neighborhoods are developed along these roads, look for more cycling opportunities to appear. The ride starts at Northwood Community Park and from here makes its way to Irvine Boulevard. At 1.21 miles the trailhead for Jeffrey Open Space Trail will be on your right. Although only a bit longer than a mile, riders who visit this trail can get a taste of the future. The concept behind this open space corridor is that it will one day be a 20 mile, north-south connector route that starts at Portola Parkway and travels all the way to Quail Hill and eventually from there to Crystal Cove State Park on the coast. Beautifully landscaped, environmentally friendly, this is what bike routes of the not too distant future will look like in Irvine. Take your time to explore the side routes, read the interpretive signs and examine the well thought out design. After passing Sand Canyon Avenue, you will find yourself navigating a long stretch of emptiness as Irvine Boulevard passes through what was once El Toro Marine Corp Base, and in the future is to become the Orange County Great Park. The landscape along this section seems to be in transition, caught somewhere between civilization and ruin, development and wilderness. What this means for the cyclist is wide open roads with few stoppages and almost no traffic. Keep in mind that once you cross Sand Canyon Avenue, there are no parks, water sources or restrooms. Make sure everything is in order before setting out. At 6.97 miles this route interlocks with Ride 34 of the Central Coast section, a looping ride through the well-developed heart of the City of Irvine. By connecting here you could ride a 31 mile, grand tour of the city, extensively exploring the cycling portion of Irvine’s transit system. FOOD AND DRINK After crossing over Interstate 5 a detour down Gateway Road at 8.38 miles will take you to the Irvine Spectrum where a number of restaurants can be found. At the intersection of Irvine Center Drive and Jeffrey Road is a shopping center where you’ll find Paradise Perks Coffee and Tea, a fun, quirky space with great teas and a limited menu. ACCESS How to Get There By bus, OCTA bus 79 stops at Bryan Avenue along Yale Avenue. By car, take exit 99, Culver Drive, northbound off Interstate 5 and travel 0.6 miles before turning right onto Bryan Avenue. The park will be on your left after 0.5 miles.

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22.371 km / 13.9 mi

Total Distance

152 m / 500 ft

Total Ascent

153 m / 502 ft

Total Descent

138 m / 453 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
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
Trail Signage: Average
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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