This ride is an ideal way for families and beginners to get their cycling legs grooving. Walnut Trail wanders through attractive green spaces, mixed-use parks and alongside roaring trains while efficient Harvard Side Path connects upper and lower Peters Canyon trails while running alongside Harvard Avenue.
This little park abuts much larger Incredible Edible Park and a utility easement which all together make up acres of green space.
Almost completely flat and traveling along dedicated bike paths. On this outing you will be traveling on two well-maintained, off-street bike paths.
The ride begins at Flagstone Park where you will find parking on the street. By bus, OCTA bus 473 makes stops along Harvard Avenue, near the ride’s start. By car, take exit 99, Culver Drive, off of Interstate 5 and head south. Turn right onto Deerfield Avenue after 1.2 miles, then right onto Flagstone. Parking is available on the street.
Food and drink
Although there are no restaurants along the route itself, the District at Tustin Legacy is located about a mile away and offers a number of dining options. Also located nearby in the Culver Plaza at the corner of Culver Drive and Irvine Center Drive is Sam Woo serving authentic Cantonese style Chinese food.
In this unique park 1,200 volunteers help grow lettuce, broccoli, beans, carrots, citrus trees and much more, all of which goes to help feed thousands of hungry families while children learn about agriculture. At 2.22 miles this ride is abruptly truncated by a massive construction project in progress. In the not too distant future, expect the route to continue on as far as Sand Canyon Avenue where you would turn right and ride the Sand Canyon Trail. From there a right on Irvine Center will take you to the stylish Jeffrey Open Space Trail which will re-connect you to Walnut Creek Trail. Until that day, turn around and get yourself back to the Harvard Side Path. At 4.79 miles this ride turns left onto the Harvard Side Path which is the section of this ride connecting lower and upper Peters Canyon Trail, also known as the Mountains to the Sea Trail. As you travel this trail be alert to the fact that this section does intersect with five roads and although there are no visual obstructions, motorists do not always seem to pick out riders through here. If you are riding with youngsters do not let them dart out ahead of you through this section. Harvard Side Path ends at Barranca Parkway and San Diego Creek before heading back to Incredible Edible Park.
This ride is the connector to upper and lower Peters Canyon Trail, also known as the Mountains to the Sea Trail.
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