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.
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.
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.
17.438 km / 10.835 mi
134 m / 439 ft
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