enCYCLEpedia Southern California - The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides
UPDATES, LINKS, NEWS, ERRATA, ETC. CHAPTERS 5 to end
Newport Beach promenade, NB1
News: enCYCLEpedia was featured in the May, 2015 Orange County Register, with emphasis on the OC rides. The print version is no longer available on line. Limited web version
ORANGE COUNTY LINKS Ocean Water Quality Bikeways Master Plan OCTA County Bikeways
HB1 SURF CITY HUNTINGTON BEACH LINKS: City of HB HB Restaurants
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
NB1,2 NEWPORT BEACH LINKS: City of Newport Beach Balboa Ferry
Restaurants Upper Newport Bay Regional Park Newport Bay Conservancy
Birding/Audubon Corona Del Mar CDM State Beach
NB3,4 CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK LINKS: State Park CrystalCoveStatePark.com
Historic Cottages Restaurants Update: Recommended Pacific Whey Cafe CLOSED. (These updated in 2nd Ed)
LB1 and 2 LAGUNA BEACH REQUEST "LAGUNA" for the complete article. LINKS: Restaurants Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Pageant of the Masters Sawdust Festival City Site Updates: LB1: The path to Top of the World is completed, but is very steep, requiring a walk-bike. LB2: Bike Shop for this area: Laguna Beach Cyclery
DP1 DANA POINT LINKS: Dana Point Harbor City Site Ocean Institute
Blues Festival Doheny State Beach Doheny Interpretive Association
SJ1 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO LINKS: City Site Local Info
SC1,2,3 SAN CLEMENTE LINKS: City Site San Clemente State Beach San Onofre State Beach San Onofre Foundation (Preserving Trestles Beach) Local Surfrider Chapter Camp Pendleton Check for Pendleton Closures Restaurants
News: SC3 Camp Pendleton bike access: Starting March 1, 2016 bicyclists are required to register in order to have access to the base. An online process is required, and access is good for one year. Bicyclists need to re-register every year. All bicyclists will need to be registered and show their U.S. or State identification when entering the base. Plan ahead as registration approval can take 7 days or more. Click here for the registration form.
News: San Clemente has a new Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan. The only aspect of interest to us is a 1-mile Class I connector between the Class I path along Coast Hwy (DP1) and the Beach Trail (SC1) completed summer 2017 (incorporated into Ride DP1 in 2nd Ed).
Photo: NB1 Beach Promenade
Click above more detailed instructions on getting to San Onofre Surf Beach (p 162, SC3 "The Ride," paragraph 3)(It is described in the 2nd Ed)
SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL LINKS: SART Site Trail Conditions
SAR1 COSTA MESA: LINKS: Talbert Regional Park Fairview Park City Site
Costa Mesa Info South Coast Plaza OC Performing Arts Center Noguchi Garden
FV1 FOUNTAIN VALLEY LINKS: City Site Mile Square Park
SAR2,3 ANAHEIM : News: The 2nd Edition describes the new Anaheim Coves Park and mentions the homeless encampment problem along the trail in Orange and Anaheim, especially around Katella. See updates here.
LINKS: City Site Angels Baseball
SAR3/YL1 YORBA LINDA LINKS: City Site Nixon Library Bike Route Map x P 176 Imperial 'Blvd' should be 'Hwy' (SR90) (corrected in 2nd Ed)
IR1,2,3 IRVINE News: A 3.5-mile trail opened next to Jeffrey Rd between I-5 and Portola.
LINKS: City Site with Bike Maps & Restaurants Great Park
William Mason Park
South Irvine Open Space Trail Map
TU1,2 TUSTIN LINKS: City Site Old Town
TU1 MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA TRAIL LINK: Trail Site with map X P 188 Option 2. Portola "Avenue" is actually "Parkway" (corrected in 2nd Ed)
TU2 PETERS CANYON REGIONAL PARK LINK: Park Site
News: Much of the park was burned in the Oct 10, 2017 fire.
OR1,2 ORANGE LINKS: City Site
OR1 SANTIAGO CREEK TRAIL/OLD TOWNE LINKS: Old Towne Info
Old Towne Visitors Map Discovery Science Center
OR2 ORANGE PARKS MTB LINKS: Irvine Regional Park OC Zoo Railroad
News: Wildlands around the perimiter of the park were burned in the Oct 10, 2017 fire.
Santiago Oaks Regional Park See also TU1.
News: Much of the wildlands in this park were burned in the Oct 10, 2017 fire.
F1,2 FULLERTON LINKS: City Site SOCO/Downtown Parks and Trails Map
CH1 CHINO HILLS STATE PARK LINKS: Park Site Carbon Canyon Reg Park
SV1 ALISO CREEK TRAIL LINK: American Trails Site
SV2 LAGUNA NIGUEL REGIONAL PARK TO SALT CREEK BEACH LINKS: Laguna Niguel Regional Park Salt Creek County Beach City of Laguna Niguel Salt Creek Trail
SV3,4 ALISO & WOOD CANYONS REGIONAL PARK LINK: Park site
SV5 and SV6 WHITING RANCH LINK: Park Site with links to map & brochure
REQUEST "WHITING" for the complete article.
SV7-10 TRABUCO CANYON LINKS: O'Neil Regional Park w links to map & brochure
SV11 CASPERS WILDERNESS PARK LINKS: Park site w links to map & brochure
REQUEST "CASPERS" for the complete article.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY LINKS: Regional Bike Map, North & South Regions
County beaches water quality/closures Parks & Rec with news/closures
OC1 OCEANSIDE LINKS: City site Oceanside Dining & Info Mission San Luis Rey
Guajome County Park Harbor Restaurants
SDC1, SAN DIEGO NORTH COAST TOUR REQUEST "SDC1" for complete article. LINKS: Rail Trail Project North County Transit - Coaster & Sprinter Trains
SMR1 SAN MARCOS LINK: City site with bike map
LH1,2 LAKE HODGES Maps to take along: Use trail maps provided by SDRP in *LINKS" LINKS: Boat launch (x .shtml site in book incorrect) San Dieguito River Park
Piedras Pintadas & Bernardo Bay Trail Map Mule Hill/San Pasqual Valley Trail Map
Lake Hodges Birding 1 Birding 2 Witch Creek Fire Map Del Dios Gorge Trail Map
North Shore Trail Map Topo/Trail Map Mule Hill/San Pasqual Valley
SAN DIEGO, CITY LINKS: Transit Airport Restaurants
SD1 MISSION BAY/BEACH LOOP/OLD TOWN OPTION x P242 on the map "Quivera" should be "Quivira" Extra Tips: P243 Parking/ride start tip: On busy beach days, which can be any beautiful weekend and most summer days, if all in the party are cycling, you may want to park and start in one of the less crowded areas, such as along Quivira Road, to avoid the traffic jams into Mission Beach and beach parking lot gridlock. P245 Option 2. The road around Fiesta Island is one-way in the counter-clockwise direction, so you have a choice of doing the entire 5 miles, or taking the cut-off to half that distance.
LINKS: History of Mission Bay Parks Map Sea World Pacific Beach Restaurants
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Old Town Guide Hotel Circle
SD2 LA JOLLA LINK: Restaurants/Guide
SD3 OCEAN BEACH LINK: Restaurants/Guide Note: 1st Edition book's bottom right front cover photo is from Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.
SD4 SAN DIEGO HARBOR TOUR LINKS: Seaport Village USS Midway San Diego Maritime Museum Gaslamp Quarter Coronado Ferry Harbor Isl Shoreline Park-Shelter Isl Santa Fe Depot Petco Park Convention Center Area Guide
p258 Rent 'n Ride A new bike share program - Decobike - has stations throughout downtown and up through Balboa Park/Hillcrest. Update: P260 Par 1 (Mile 3.0): A new section of San Diego Maritime Museum is at the east end of Harbor Bridge along the trail, including a replica of the San Salvador tall ship. Par 2 (Mile 4.0). Regarding the stretch between Harbor Dr and Shelter Island Dr: The Ride describes cycling through marinas and the sidewalk along Scott St, then Carleton St and Shafter St. However, a brand new promenade was constructed between Shelter Island Dr (just west of the Shelter Island entrance sign) connecting to the other marinas, along the new Intrepid Landing development. So, unless "no bikes" signs are posted, you can avoid those streets altogether by making your way slowly and courteously on the promenades through the marinas where allowed. Or, use Scott Street (between Harbor Dr and Shelter Island Dr) which now has sharrows.
Also, just south of the Midway, on a detour down a sidewalk toward the bay, make sure to check out the statues of the returning WWII Vet kissing the nurse in NYC, and Bob Hope entertaining the troupes complete with audio.
SD5 POINT LOMA AND CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT LINK: Cabrillo National Monument
SD6 BALBOA PARK AND HILLCREST LINKS: Park Map Balboa Trails Map San Diego Zoo Hillcrest Dining Balboa Park Restaurants News: A new San Diego on-street bike loop tours some of the city highlights and includes a direct route between the harbor and Balboa Park. Note: Pages 263 (Map) and 266 (Option 1). Option 1A on the map refers to the "Optional Loop" described in the second paragraph of Option 1. p 263 Rent 'n Ride: Bike share, Decobike
SD7 CORONADO AND THE SILVER STRAND LINKS: Bike/PedFerry to San Diego
Map of the Bayshore Bikeway to take along, Shows Options 1 & 2 Map of existing and proposed Bayshore Bikeway Bike route map of Coronado shows bike-carrying bus stops on Silver Strand Hotel Del Coronado Coronado VisitorGuide/Restaurants
Updates: Restaurant mentioned at end of Option 2A: Pier 32 Waterfront Grill (great patio, counter service, recommend salads). p268 Camp 'n Ride: Silver Strand's campground now has electric & water hookups and a dump station. There should no longer be generator noise. p269, top (mile 1.4) Glorietta Blvd now has improved crosswalks and excellent bike lanes. Option 2, bottom p271: South Bay Fish & Grill has closed. The casual and popular Galley Restaurant next door is open for all meals with evening entertainment. p272, 3rd paragraph of Option 2. Near the E St Trolley stop is Emma's Pancakes and Denny's. 4th par: Where it says "From here National City’s Pier 32 Marina (and continuation of the Bayshore Bikeway) is 0.4 mile to the left and the Plaza Bonita Center is 2.3 miles to the right (Option 2A)." Click below for a better/more accurate description of what to do at that intersection (is in 2nd Ed).
SD8 LOS PENASQUITOS CANYON PRESERVE LINKS: Trail Map to Take
Friends of the Preserve County Site
SD9 LAKE MIRAMAR LINK: City Site (Note: site in book no longer valid).
SD10 MARIAN BEAR PRESERVE LINK: Map to bring
SD11 ROSE CANYON PRESERVE LINK: Map to bring Friends of Rose Cyn
SD12 MISSION TRAILS REG. PARK & SD13 LAKE MURRAY (in Mission Trails) LINKS: Park Site Trail Map
LM1 LAGUNA MOUNTAINS LINKS: Laguna Campground Big Laguna Trail
Julian Restaurants Map w/Features along Sunrise Highway Topo with partial ride coverage
7. KERN COUNTY
BA1 BAKERSFIELD & KERN RIVER TRAIL LINKS: VisitBakersfield.com City's Kern River Parkway Map to take along Basque Restaurants Crystal Palace CSU Bakersfield Map Air Quality Local Bike Advocacy Group Bakersfield Bikeways Map California Living Museum (C.A.L.M. Zoo) Note: On map p286, "Opt 2B" refers to the Upper Area map, above it.
Hiking Mt. Rubidoux Mission Inn Santa Ana River Trail - City's Map to
R2 RIVERSIDE/VICTORIA AVE LINKS: Victoria Avenue.org Victoria Ave city site
California Citrus State Historic Park
T1,2 TEMECULA REQUEST "TEMECULA" for the complete article. LINKS: Winery Map
Temecula Bike Map Temecula Master Bike Plan Old Town City Site/Visitor Guide
Wine Country Info
CL1,2 CLAREMONT LINKS: City site Claremont Colleges Claremont Hills Wilderness Park (MTB)
PET PACIFIC ELECTRIC TRAIL LINKS: Friends of the PET Upland Friends of PET
About Route 66 Upland Old Town Pacific Electric Railway Rancho Cucamonga's Trail Site Fontana PET site Note: Rating: Trail rating is mostly *** except Rancho Cucamonga which is ***1/2. Options have been rated in the book.
BB1,2 BIG BEAR LAKE LINKS: Alpine Pedal Path (private site) Hiking Trails
Note: The 2nd Edition has major updates for Big Bear Lake including the addition of city bike routes.
Trails of San Gorgonio Wilderness
Bear Creek Trail, La Quinta LQ1
THE BIKE FRIENDLY CITIES OF THE DESERT Updates: p 322 The "1e11" Trail, the planned cross-valley regional trail, is now named "CV Link." It still has a long way to go, hampered by anti-trail opposition, especially from Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells. As a result cycling activists are boycotting businesses in both cities in a movement entitled "no bikes no bucks." For the latest, check out the CV Link info page and the Friends of CV Link advocacy page.
Palm Springs, by far the most bike-aware city of the desert, continues to add separated bike lanes to many of its roadways. Check for the latest here.
PS1 PALM SPRINGS STAR TOUR X P 326 MapKey#8 "457 Ann Miller" should be #8 "Ann Miller" and "Kirt" should be "Kurt" Russell. Corrected/updated in 2nd Ed. LINKS : Palm Springs Restaurants
City of Palm Springs Bike Routes and Map Tour de Palm Springs event
CC1 COACHELLA VALLEY BIKEWAY Updates: p 339 "The Ride" A new crosswalk with blinking on-road lights across Cathedral Canyon Rd was constructed at the actual trail crossing, as opposed to up the road as described in the text. Still, be extra careful as it's not a regular stoplight. Also the city changed "Buddy Rogers Avenue" to "Officer Jermaine Gibson." That is the connection between Hwy 111 and the trail along the river next to the car dealerships. (All updated in 2nd Ed).
RM1,2 PD1 RANCHO MIRAGE/PALM DESERT LINKS: Palm Desert Bike Route Map
Sunnylands Palm Desert Art and Architecture Map (pdf upload) The River Palm Desert Restaurant Finder
Hiking Trails in Santa Rosa/Jacinto National Monument City Sites: Rancho Mirage Palm Desert
x All mention of Butler-Adams trail should be Butler-Abrams trail. (corrected in 2nd Ed)
RM2 RIVER GRAND LOOP Updates: p 346 Whitewater Park is renamed Rancho Mirage Community Park and has a new amphitheater, but bikes are now not allowed to ride on its paved trails. You can still ride in on the access road and use the restrooms. p 346-7 Option 1 (Westfield Mall) is lower priority and was left off the map to avoid clutter. It simply follows the north sidewalk of Hwy 111 from Parkview to "feature 8" (the mall) then continues left up Monterey to rejoin the main ride at "feature 1", OR turn right on Monterey to join Option 2 ("feature 6" - El Paseo). p 347 par 2: After passing The River and Magnesia Falls, instead of taking the 111 sidewalk all the way to Parkview, you can detour down quiet residential streets to the left accessible only by bike/ped (Rancho, or Desert or Barbara to Rancho) and then at Joshua turn right to intersect with Parkview. Option 2, El Paseo: The fun themed Golf Cart Parade is held in late October down El Paseo. You can ride your bike on the closed road up to 30 minutes before parade time, a great way to see the art works in the median. p 348, 1st par of main ride continuation: If you would rather avoid the College of the Desert such as on busy days ("feature 1") you can turn left on the east sidewalk of Monterey, then curve right on the south sidewalk of Magnesia Falls to rejoin the trail at "feature 3.".
IW1 INDIAN WELLS Update: Indian wells removed bike route signs and un-designated IW1 as a bike path. However, their policy is still to not hassle well-behaved cyclists on sidewalks, which it is now considered. Indian Wells has also come out against the regional bike trail CV Link passing through their city. Public criticism against the city's anti-bike attitude is welcomed! LINK: City Bikeways Map
JT1 JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LINKS: Joshua Tree National Park Addl (not necessarily easy) rides in Joshua Tree area (Private source) Joshua Tree National Park Association
AB1,2,3 & 4 ANZA BORREGO SP AND BORREGO SPRINGS REQUEST "ANZA" for the expanded ride description. LINKS: Anza-Borrego Foundation State Parks page Blair Valley Hikes article Hiking & MTBing article Salton Sea description