Alton & Barranca Parkway Loop

ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, ALTON AND BARRANCA PARKWAY LOOP Beginning and ending at Irvine’s Civic Center, this bike ride travels nearly the entire width of the city. Cutting through the city’s heart, this spin is an excellent example of Irvine’s commitment to incorporating cycling into its transportation plan. The city boasts 51 miles of off-street bike lanes and a staggering 301 miles of on-road lanes. As a popular commuter and training ride, this route’s connectivity serves as the backbone to longer, more challenging rides. This ride launches from Civic Center Park, an attractive public space. Enjoy rose gardens and fountains as you stroll under trellises covered in wisteria and bougainvillea. At the end of your ride grab your picnic basket, throw out your blanket and enjoy lunch here. Setting out from the quiet suburbs surrounding the park, this route moves onto Barranca Parkway with its energetic ebb and flow of traffic. You will find yourself pedaling from suburban neighborhoods, through retail zones, then past industrial parks before returning to attractive suburbs. This outing travels between North and South lakes, two placid bodies of water surrounded by miles of bike trails.The easiest way to access the bike path is to enter Woodbridge Community Park from Alton Parkway at 12.01 miles. The trail into the park will be on your right and from there meanders around both lakes, all connected by a large pedestrian bridge over Barranca Parkway. At 16.39 miles this ride passes The District at Tustin Legacy. This shopping center is part of the larger plans to develop the land formerly known as the Marine Corp Air Station. The District is comprised of a million square feet of retail space that will tie in to the larger 1,600 acres of parks, homes and commercial uses. Glossy and modern, the shopping center offers plenty of dining and shopping, as well as a bike path cutting through it. FOOD AND DRINK At 10.69 miles there are two large shopping centers with a number of options, including El Cholo’s. At 16.39 miles you will find the District at Tustin Legacy, a shopping center with dozens of dining choices ranging from upscale wine bars to Irish pubs. ACCESS By bus, OCTA bus routes 86 and 473 both make stops near the ride’s start. By car, take exit 7, Jamboree Road, off Interstate 405 and head north for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Main Street and a half a mile later turn left onto Harvard Avenue. At Civic Center Plaza turn left where you will find parking.

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14.96 km / 9.296 mi

Total Distance

134 m / 441 ft

Total Ascent

135 m / 442 ft

Total Descent

18 m / 59 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
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
Gravel Road
Estimated Distance: 30.0
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle

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