Peters Canyon Trail

ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, PETERS CANYON TRAIL This is a blissful, car-free bike ride that meanders through the cities of Tustin and Irvine. Billed as the Mountains to the Sea Trail, this bike ride starts at Irvine Regional Park and after a steep section in Peters Canyon, heads gently downhill until it turns around at Incredible Edible Park. An amazing amount of planning, landscaping and thought went into this trail and it is simply a beautiful example of what a bike path can be. After leaving Irvine Park you will soon find yourself traveling through Peters Canyon Regional Park. Encompassing 354 acres, this open space is the home to mule deer, opossums, raccoons and a huge variety of water fowl. Seasonal streams and a freshwater marsh give rise to beautiful glades sprinkled with lush willows and cottonwoods. Mountain bike trails crisscross the entire park and you could very well spend all day exploring this canyon. For this route, stick to the hard packed dirt road, and if in doubt of which trail to ride, follow the Mountain to the Seas trail signs. Although this trail is navigable by skinny-tire bikes, if riding on dirt isn’t your thing, consider traveling along Jamboree Road when this route enters Peters Canyon Park. At 1.2 miles, turn right onto Pioneer Road and after 1.4 miles turn right again onto Pioneer Way which will rejoin this route on bike paths. Once this route leaves the park, it meanders through Irvine and Tustin. The paths are wide, beautifully landscaped and well maintained as they weave through thoughtfully designed neighborhoods. The turnaround point for this ride is Incredible Edible Park, a unique place with bike paths throughout. The park is an operational farm that is run by Second Harvest Food Bank with the food grown here helping feed 200,000 people each month. Have a picnic and tour the park; you will see broccoli, beans, lettuce and carrots being grown as well as over 80 citrus trees. For those looking to complete the Mountain to the Sea route in its entirety, continue along the Harvard Side Path which begins in Incredible Edible Park. From there you will connect to San Diego Creek Trail and follow it to the ocean. That part of the trail is covered in the Central Coast section during Ride 38. Oneway, the route is about 22 miles. FOOD AND DRINK Oddly enough, for all the miles you will cover on this ride, there are few dining options. Near the beginning is a shopping center at Jamboree and Chapman Avenue with a couple of fast food options. Also located in the center is John’s Place, a friendly diner with tasty omelets and a well-stocked salad bar. ACCESS By bus, OCTA bus 54 makes a stop on Santiago Canyon Road. From there the park is a 0.2 miles ride. By car, exit the 55 Freeway at exit 14, Chapman Avenue heading eastbound. After 4.1 miles turn left onto Jamboree Road, then right onto Irvine Park Road after 0.2 miles.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
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: 29.0
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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