Old Town Fullerton to Independence Park

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, OLD TOWN FULLERTON TO INDEPENDENCE PARK This is a tour of Fullerton that starts in the urban area around downtown and the train station and then meanders through quiet neighborhoods until it reaches more suburban parts of the city before returning to the station. There is something for everyone on this ride whether it be shopping and dining, gelato and playgrounds for the kids, museums, or trainspotting. For those whom Fullerton is the birthplace of the Fender Stratocaster, a vibrant music scene still exists and in recent years a number of theater companies have had great success. Fullerton was founded in 1887 and as you begin this ride near Track 3 at Fullerton station, it is easy to imagine what things might have looked like back then. The station’s Spanish architecture, rolling freight, train whistles and boarding passengers will transport you back to another era. Nearby downtown, located along Harbor Boulevard on the other side of the station, only reinforces this sensation with its restored, early 20th century buildings and narrow, “main street Americana” look. In keeping with its transportation hub reputation, bicycle paths abound throughout Fullerton. At the ride’s start you will find yourself traveling parallel to train tracks on your right and buildings that were once warehouses and factories but are now converted offices and hip urban living spaces. This first leg takes you to Independence Park with an excellent playground, swimming pool and community center. Downtown Fullerton is split by Harbor Boulevard which is not a safe road for cyclists. However, Wilshire Avenue, which is part of this route, intersects downtown and is a safe way to enter the area. Once here, consider walking through this compact space. One of my favorite restaurants is the Pint House, located at 136 Wilshire Avenue which has an excellent selection of micro-brews as well some of the standard names. Check out the well-appointed patio for the best dining experience. The Fullerton Museum Center, located at 301North Pomona Avenue, is a small but proud museum surrounded by a beautiful courtyard area complete with a playground, a unique water fountain kids can play in, and a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Located around the corner to the north is the Fox Theater, a local landmark designed by the same firm that designed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Side Trip Along the route are two excellent parks, Independence Park and Bastanchury Park at either end of the ride. There is also revitalized downtown Fullerton with its colorfully painted storefronts, wonderful selection of eateries and quirky shops. FOOD AND DRINK Downtown Fullerton is chock full of opportunities to dine and drink. Two of my favorites are the Pint House and nearby Tranquil Tea House. For those looking for a casual, family friendly atmosphere, try the Old Spaghetti Factory. ACCESS By train, both Metrolink and Amtrak’s Surfliner make regular stops at Fullerton station. By bus, OCTA routes 26, 43, 47, 143 and 213 all make stops at Fullerton Transportation Center. By car, take the 91 Freeway to the Harbor Boulevard exit north bound for one mile, turn left onto West Valencia Avenue, then right on South Highland Avenue. Make a quick right onto East Walnut Avenue and park adjacent to Fullerton station.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Low
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: 12.6
Elevation Gain: 216
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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