Santa Ana Canyon Road

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, SANTA ANA CANYON ROAD For local cyclists, this bike ride is the backbone of a number of longer and even more challenging training rides. Starting at Eucalyptus Park, you will head westward, essentially running parallel to the 91 Freeway and later the 55 Freeway. This is a busy stretch that can be heavy with traffic, however the roads are wide and the onstreet bike lanes are well marked. Where the ride begins to bend southward, the route narrows and some of the bike lanes become ridiculously pinched and worn; caution should be exercised through here, especially at the entrance and exit of the 55 Freeway. After this section you will find yourself passing through the Cities of Orange and Villa Park and the roads widen, traffic is placid and the bike lanes ever-present. Also worth noting is that the road changes names a couple of times. Without a doubt the toughest part of this ride is the climb up Cannon Street. As you begin this ascent it starts out deceptively flat with its peak bending out of sight. Once you reach Serrano Avenue the climbing begins in earnest. The steepest stretch is a 7.5 percent grade which puts this climb, at least over the short distance, in the Tour de France category. The reward for such a climb is, of course, the descent. It is no exaggeration to say that breaking the speed limit is possible, though not advised as you white-knuckle-it down the road. As steep as the climb is, the descent is at a 12 percent grade. At 13.72 miles the route crosses over Weir Canyon Road and for those who need another challenge, turn right and climb 1.6 miles to the road’s end. For those with rubbery legs, continue across Weir Canyon until the turn around point at 14.22 miles. Santa Ana Canyon Road continues for another 1.5 miles, however there is no bike lane and the road narrows here to a dangerous degree, with little shoulder and sharp drops. Many clubs do ride to the end, but it is not recommended in this ride. FOOD AND DRINK The Canyon Plaza is a shopping center near the ride’s beginning located at the corner of Santa Ana Canyon Road and Imperial Highway. There are a number of places to eat here. ACCESS By bus, OCTA 38 makes stops on the eastern end of the route near Weir Canyon Road. By car, take exit 36 Imperial Highway southbound off the 91 Freeway. Take the first left onto Santa Ana Canyon Road and travel for one mile, Eucalyptus Park will be on your left.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 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: 27.0
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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