La Habra Whittier Loop

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, LA HABRA/WHITTIER LOOP The bike ride begins at La Habra’s Portola Park. From here you will find yourself traveling along Lambert Road which runs parallel to the rail line. This road is mostly flat and well maintained while traffic through here can be brisk during rush hour. At 8 kilometers you will reach Mills Avenue and the entrance to Whittier Greenway Trail. The Whittier Greenway Trail is a right-of-way purchased from Union Pacific in 2001, officially opened in 2009, and has quickly become a favorite for commuters, strollers and joggers. On mornings and weekends you will find pedestrian traffic at its heaviest as locals enjoy the beautifully landscaped, quiet path. Along the route, stop at interpretive stations to learn the history of the rail line, city founders and the region. Whittier hopes to gain an easement along the active rail line section so hopefully we will see this trail grow in the future. Once off the trail, the return leg travels through Whittier’s beautiful historic neighborhood. Here you will find immaculately maintained California Craftsmen homes side-by-side Spanish Colonial Revival homes as you ride under the shaded canopies of mature trees. Painter Avenue is especially attractive and you may find yourself slowing down to imagine what it would be like to live along this road. At 21 kilometers turn right on Philadelphia Street and travel two blocks to Greenleaf Avenue. You will find yourself at the center of picturesque Whittier Uptown, also known as Whittier Village. Park your bike and stroll through the “village”. FOOD AND DRINK The best place to fuel up is at 21 kilometers, turning right onto Philadelphia Street and stopping at Greenleaf Avenue, the center of Whittier Uptown. Here you will find numerous coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. ACCESS By bus, take OCTA number 37 which stops at Portola Park. By car, take the 91 Freeway to exit 23, Beach Boulevard, northbound. Drive 7.8 kilometers, turn right onto Imperial Highway. After 2 kilometers, turn left onto Euclid Street, Portola Park will be on the left after 1.28 kilometers.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: High
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
Estimated Distance: 34.64
Elevation Gain: 300
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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