El Dorado Two Loop

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, EL DORADO TWO LOOP El Dorado Regional Park is a huge green space on the edge of Orange County, 815 acres in total. Two stocked lakes, a nature center, archery range, steam engine train, playgrounds, picnic shelters and lots of paved bike paths make this an ideal place to load up the bikes and spend a day picnicking in the park. There are over four miles of bike routes within the park and it is connected to the nearby San Gabriel River Trail, allowing for miles and miles of riding car-free. Bird watchers will be pleased to find an amazing array of species, including Blue Herons, Snowy White Egrets, swallows, Golden Eagles a number of different hummingbirds, and Red Tail Hawks. The park is divided into three areas which are separated by city streets. If you have gone under a bridge, you have traveled into a new area. Area 2 is the largest and includes the main entrance, an archery range (used by the 1984 Olympics), two stocked lakes, playgrounds and plenty of parking. Along the bike path at mile 3.73, the section that runs parallel to the San Gabriel River, you will find the Proportional Planet Trail complete with information markers that explain the planets’ orbits, distance from the sun and each other. On the ground near each marker look for painted planets to indicate when you have reached the next planet. Area 3 is probably the quietest, least used area. Tucked in the southeast corner of Area 3 is Caboose Corner where the El Dorado Express operates Saturdays and Sundays year round. The playground in Golden Grove (the one nearest the tunnel to Area 2) is the newest and ‘funnest’ in the park. Nearby is a large area with picnic tables and barbeque pits. Area 1 is the smallest of the three but boasts the Nature Center, complete with naturally wooded areas, meadows and a running brook that feeds the small lake. The learning center, located at the front, is full of information on local flora and fauna as well as handson exhibits. There are two main hikes through the park. On the longer hike there is a pine/redwood grove that is a stopover for Monarch Butterflies on their long migration. This is a great park to visit throughout the year as plants and animals that are present change seasonally. Side Trips This is a giant park with many fun activities. In Area 2 and 3 there are lakes stocked with fish and paddle boats for rent. In Area 3, keep an eye out for the El Dorado Express, a miniature steam train. In Area 1 there is the excellent Nature Center with nature trails and a learning center. There is also the Proportional Planet Trail right on the bikepath in Area 2. FOOD AND DRINK Although there are plenty of drinking fountains throughout the park, food is virtually nonexistent. Your best bet is to pack a lunch or take advantage of the many barbeques found throughout the park. ACCESS By bus, the Long Beach Transit Bus #173 stops on Studebaker Street near Spring Street at the park’s edge. From there ride east on Spring to the park entrance. By car, take Interstate 605, exit west on Spring Street, the park entrance is on the right. When you enter the park you will be in Area 2. Follow signs to Area 3, where you will find the Golden Groves parking lot, adjacent to the ride start, on your immediate left after passing under the bridge.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
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 - Downhill
Estimated Distance: 12.3
Elevation Gain: 27
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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