Distance
8.45 km
Ascent
59 m
Descent
59 m
Peak
35 m
Difficulty
Easy
Duration
<1 hr
Yale Loop

Overview

Yale Loop is a neat little bike ride that circles through Irvine’s Woodbridge Village, a charming neighborhood designed in New England’s Cape Cod style. Large, attractive houses and mature trees line the road and lend a peaceful air to this outing. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself riding the loop multiple times.

At the heart of this loop are two improbable bodies of water named North and South Lake which are surrounded by serene landscape, wandering paths, and attractive parks. There is little to no on-street parking in this part of Irvine and with this in mind the ride starts on Yale Loop, across from the entrance to Windrow Community Park, where public parking is available. No street parking means wide bike lanes and throughout this ride you will find that the on-street bike path is nearly the width of car lanes.

The two lakes are the center of Woodbridge Village. Calm and serene, they always seem to be impossibly blue and the green grass so much greener. Ducks and geese wander about, the occasional turtle peers at you and you find a pleasant calmness about the lakes. There is something pleasantly bucolic about this suburban neighborhood. The lakes are surrounded by miles of bike trails that bisect Yale Loop.

The easiest way to access the trails are at 1.08 miles at the South Lake or at 3.87 miles for North Lake. Although the lakes are private, fishing is allowed (license required) and the web of bike paths are open to all. Located between the two lakes is Woodbridge Square shopping center which is connected by bike paths to the route, the lakes, and the many parks. In fact, the bike path runs straight through the heart of the shopping center, cafree.

Access

By bus, OCTA route175 makes a stop at the Windrow Community Park. By car, take exit 4, University Road, off of Interstate 405 heading north. Travel for 0.6 miles, the road will change its name to Jeffrey Road. Turn left onto Alton Parkway, then right on East Yale Loop. Turn right into Windrow Community Park.

Food and drink

At the center of the loop, Woodbridge shopping center is your best bet for food. Options range from Ruby’s Diner to a bit more upscale Champagne French Bakery. Another option is El Cholo’s, located in Alton Square shopping center.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Fitness Level:
Low
Medium
High
Ultra Fit
Various
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 - Double Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Off-Road
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage:
Excellent
Good
Limited
Nil
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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