Distance
17.44 km
Ascent
134 m
Descent
83 m
Peak
65 m
Difficulty
Beginner
Duration
1-2 hrs
San Diego Creek Trail

Overview

Perfectly suited to novices as well as seasoned people looking for a training run.

The bike ride begins where San Diego Creek empties into Newport Back Bay; from there the trail travels beside the creek as it goes through many transformations. First is the channeled, concrete streambed typical of Southern California, followed by a grassy, almost prairie-like streambed until at its upper reaches it travels swiftly through ravines with lush vegetation alongside.

For the purpose of the ride log, this ride officially starts at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Jamboree Road. Because parking can be difficult in this area, you may find yourself a considerable distance from this spot, so start your bike’s trip odometer at this corner. To avoid confusion, the San Diego Creek Trail is also known as Lower Peters Canyon Trail and the Mountains to the Sea Trail and there are a number of different signs along the route indicating such.

Access

By bus, OCTA bus routes 57 and 79 both make stops near the intersection of Jamboree and Eastbluff drives. By car, take exit 14, University Drive, off of CA73 and head west. After traveling 0.3 miles University turns into Eastbluff Drive, park along this street.

Food and drink

At 6.37 miles the trail passes Woodbridge Village Cente where there are various options.

More details

At 4.77 this ride continues straight, but to follow these other trails you will need to exit onto Harvard Avenue. From this point on, the pedestrian traffic significantly drops and the creek becomes more attractive and natural-looking. As the route passes by way of Windrow Community Park, it travels through a tunnel under Jeffrey Road. On the other side of the tunnel, you will need to make a hairpin turn and travel the path alongside Jeffrey Road for about a third of a mile before returning to the creek itself. If you reach Barranca Parkway, you have missed the turn. Along the upper portion of the trail, the creek traverses through a steep ravine and the landscape has the feel of wilderness with large trees and undergrowth crowding the path. This section of the ride is quiet and peaceful until suddenly ending at 9.91 miles.

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
Trail Signage:
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Non Existant
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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