Yorba Linda Recreational Trail

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, YORBA LINDA RECREATIONAL TRAIL This out-and-back ride is comprised of two distinctly different legs. The first is a mellow, meandering path without any climbs and is a perfect stretch for even the most inexperienced cyclists. You will travel this section alongside joggers, horses and even a helicopter. At 7.5 Kilometers, the trail ends and a challenging 7 kilometers lie ahead. Expect three steep climbs that will set your legs on fire and, naturally, three exhilarating descents. Begin at Koch Park and from there travel along residential streets in order to avoid a busy stretch of Bastanchury Road that is not family friendly. Once on the trail be aware that at every street intersection traffic has the right of way. Make use of the pedestrian crossing lights. As the trail approaches Yorba Linda Boulevard it runs alongside the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. The library houses Nixon White House materials, the Nixon Tapes as well as Nixon’s birthplace. Here you will also catch sight of the VH-3A Sea King, a helicopter that was part of the presidential fleet until its decommission. Climb aboard and see how presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford traveled. Once you reach Grandview Avenue the family friendly section ends and it is best to turn around if traveling with young or inexperienced riders. From here you can expect a more challenging ride. The next 1.5 kilometers travel along quiet residential streets, with the last few hundred yards culminating in a very steep section along Arroyo Canyon Drive. Near the peak of this climb, on your right, the bike path resumes. It is lacking a sign but easy to spot. At 10.5 kilometers this section of the bike path ends and you head downhill to link up with the final stretch of bike trail at the bottom of the hill. Here, at Esperanza Road, you will have the choice of riding on a hard-packed, multi-use dirt trail, or along on-road bike lanes. Once you reach New River Road, turn around and head back to the start. FOOD AND DRINK This ride travels mostly through residential neighborhoods and there are few dining opportunities along the route. However, where the ride crosses Yorba Linda Boulevard, there are a number of eateries nearby, Polly’s Pies being my favorite, located at 18132 Yorba Linda Boulevard. ACCESS Although there is no bus to the ride’s start, OCTA route 26 intersects with this trail near the Nixon Library. By car, take the 57 Freeway to exit 8, Yorba Linda Boulevard, eastbound. Turn left after 0.3 kilometers onto North Placentia Avenue, followed by a right on Bastanchury Road after 0.8 kilometers. Turn left onto Valencia Avenue, travel 0.8 kilometers and the park will be on your right.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
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: 30.0
Elevation Gain: 171
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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