Laguna Niguel Regional Park

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, LAGUNA NIGUEL REGIONAL PARK Laguna Niguel Regional Park is the site of this family friendly bike ride and offers an excellent opportunity for youngsters and parents to ride together in a safe space. The route wanders the 236 acres of designed landscape through a combination of on and off-street paths looping around Laguna Niguel Lake. Sycamore shaded paths connect tennis courts, volleyball courts, tot lots and horseshoe pits. Bring a picnic and make a day of it. Laguna Niguel Lake, also known as Sulphur Creek Reservoir, is a 44 acre manmade lake at the center of the park. The large island in the middle is a bird sanctuary and the lake itself is stocked with catfish, bass, bluegill and trout. The friendly people at the concession stand can set you up with everything you need to fish including boats, reels and bait. The ride starts near the park entrance on off-street bike paths before following the park access road along the far side of the lake. Along this stretch there is one modestly steep rise that youngsters might need help up. At the far end of the lake the ride moves to an off-road trail again that reaches all the way to Crown Valley Community Park. This attractive space boasts picnic tables, athletic fields, South Coast YMCA, a pool, tot lots and the Niguel Botanical Preserve, 18 acres of garden worthy plants suitable for Southern California’s climate. Once the ride returns to Laguna Niguel Park, it crosses over a pedestrian bridge and onto a hard packed dirt path running beside the lake. This section of the ride has a wilderness feeling to it as bushes and wildflowers crowd the water’s edge. Keep an eye out for hummingbirds darting by and butterflies floating about lazily. At 4.08 miles the trail returns to cement paths and at this point there is a tunnel that passes under La Paz Road that will connect you and your little ones to Yosemite Park. As the ride heads for the finish, manicured green lawns lay before you. Here you will find the larger tot lot, well-appointed picnic areas and geese. Lots of geese. These good-looking, large birds appear to have taken up residence here in the park. As my children informed me, lots of geese means lots of geese poo. Watch your step. This is a short ride and when the kids are ready for something longer but still equally safe, take the first access road indicated at 0.14 miles in the Ride Log. Follow this road until it deadends at Alicia Road and bear right before crossing to Awma Road to connect to Aliso Creek Trail to Aliso and Wood Canyons ride. FOOD AND DRINK The Laguna Lake concession stand is located at 0.73 miles and carries drinks and pre-packaged foods. At the nearby intersection of La Paz Road and Aliso Creek Road is the Laguna Niguel Promenade where you will find Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant among many other dining choices. ACCESS By bus, OCTA route 187 makes a stop along La Paz Road near the entrance to Laguna Niguel Regional Park. By car, take exit 3, La Paz Road, off of CA 73 and head southbound. Travel for 1.4 miles, the park will be on your right. Park in the lots to the immediate right upon entering.
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: 7.0
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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