Seal Beach Loop (Westminster)

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, SEAL BEACH LOOP This bike ride begins and ends in picturesque Sunset Beach, famous for its giant beachfront homes and eclectic, independent streak. A popular bicycling route, don’t be surprised if you get caught up in a peloton of Lycra and flashy bikes as the local cycle club zooms by. At times challenging, often panoramic, this ride is blissful. The ride starts in front of Out-Spoken bike shop, which rents bikes, and across the street from Woody’s Diner along Pacific Coast Highway. This stretch along the highway is without a doubt the busiest section of the ride. You will leave Sunset Beach and enter Seal Beach by passing over a bridge that is just high enough to offer a spectacular, panoramic view that might make you interrupt your ride to appreciate the moment. To your left, across the bridge, the Pacific Ocean stretches out from the Huntington Harbor’s opening. To your right is the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and the Anaheim Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a vast space of some 5000 acres of wetlands and roads bounded on the right by Huntington Harbor. When the route turns onto Seal Beach Boulevard traffic decreases significantly and is very quiet except during morning rush hour as beach residents make their way to the 405 Freeway. A left turn onto Seal Beach Boulevard will take you to Electric Avenue. Along this section, at 2.43 miles, you will pass the Naval Weapons Station entrance and beside that the World War II Submarine Memorial. Westminster Boulevard is oddly a perfectly straight two mile stretch that bisects the Weapons Station. To your left and right, open space seems to extend forever, an unusual experience for this part of Orange County. Expect blustery gusts of wind through this section as you travel through emptiness. Near the route’s end along Warner Avenue is the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center. Newly refurbished, the building houses aquariums, touch tanks and exhibits. Behind the building are trails to the wetlands. Nearby is also Bolsa Chica State Beach. At 12.3 miles along Pacific Coast Highway are locations where you can rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Behind the wall of one story buildings lining this stretch of highway are countless channels and waterways that make up Huntington Harbor. Spend a whole morning or afternoon exploring the harbor and its beautiful homes, boats and wildlife. Side Trip Consider renting a kayak or stand up paddle board and exploring the waterways and mansions of Huntington Harbor. Also nearby, at 11.8 miles, is the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center. FOOD AND DRINK There are a ton of wonderful places to explore in Sunset Beach. Two of my favorites are Harbor House Café and Woody’s Diner, both located just across from the ride’s start. Another good option, especially for breakfast, is Good Day Café, located at 10.4 miles on Warner, which seems to collect bicyclists on their way to or from the beach. ACCESS By bus, OCTA routes 1, 21, 25, 42, 60 and 72 all intersect with this route. Route 1 is the closest to the ride’s start/finish. By car, take Pacific Coast Highway towards Sunset Beach. Find parking along Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and 25th Street, or consider parking in nearby Bolsa Chica State Beach.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
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: 21.0
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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