Photo: Morro Bay, Ride MB1
Top Bike Ride News (See individual rides for other news.)
New Ride VE5 - The new 3.6 mile Rincon Bike Trail runs along the ocean beaches adjacent to Hwy 101 connecting Ventura County (RIde VE4) and Santa Barbara County (Ride SB1-Opt 2). See those rides for details on this page.
BOOK COVER PHOTOS, FRONT:
Top: PS1, Riverside Drive North trail, Palm Springs
Bottom, left: MB1, Embarcadero Harborwalk, Morro Bay
Bottom, right: SD3, Steve at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego
BOOK COVER PHOTOS, BACK (Top to bottom, left to right):
Brunch 'n Ride: SV1, Cook's Corner Camp 'n: HB1, Huntington Beach
Rail 'n: SDC1,Coaster train car Bird 'n: SB2, UCSB Lagoon
Beach 'n: LA1,2 Santa Monica St Bch Ride 'n: IR1, San Diego Creek Trail, Irvine
Mount 'n: LH2, Lake Hodges, North San Diego Wine 'n: T2, Temecula
See 'n: SD6, Balboa Park, San Diego
Old 'n: OC1, Mission San Luis Rey de Francis, Oceanside
Palm 'n: PS1, Palm Springs Streets Shop 'n: OC1, Old Towne Orange
To find rides, check the Table of Contents, Index, and County Maps. To cross-reference ride numbers with page numbers see the chart at the end of the book (p 375).
x Acknowledgments: Jason Carter should be Jason Cater
WHO ARE THE RIDES GEARED TO? For our take on the definition of an Easy Scenic Cyclist, CLICK HERE.
SAFETY FIRST! For further info about cycling safety CLICK HERE.
THE MAPS - Why do they sometimes look like animals or other things? CLICK HERE to find out.
KNOCKS & HAZARDS For those unfamiliar with the area that would like more detail on the hazards in SoCal, CLICK on the following expanded articles:
NATURAL HUMAN (crime & stats in areas of our rides)
A note about "Clueless Peds." In order to keep the peace on the trail and to keep up our good reputation as cyclists:Peds (and horses) always have right-of-way over bikes.
TAKE THE "A" TRAIN LINKS: Route planners:
Amtrak Metrolink San Diego Transit
REQUEST "RAIL" for a summary article of the best Rail 'n Rides in the book.
FOOD AND PICNICS
LINKS: California Recipes Picnic Ideas Gluten Free Picnic Low Carb & Gluten Free
REQUEST "BRUNCH" for an article on the Top 25 Bike 'n Brunch rides in the book. See the enCYCLEpedia Blog for local Top 10 Bike 'n Brunch destinations from our rides. For some SoCal food festivals, CLICK HERE Update
P 18 Eric Ericsson's is now Beach House Fish
SO CAL BIRDING REQUEST "BIRDS" for the full article on the best places to watch birds along our rides.
HISTORY REQUEST "HISTORY" for a California Timeline from pre-history to the present, incorporating relationships to our bike rides.
CAMPING REQUEST "CAMPING" for an article on the Top 25 Camp 'n Rides in the book.
LINKS: PUBLIC CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS:
State Parks Federal Parks (National Parks & Forests)
COUNTIES: San Luis Obispo Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Orange
San Diego Kern Riverside
LINK: California Highway Conditions
To learn about Bicycle Friendly Communities, CLICK HERE.
For the 2014 list of Bicycle Friendly Communities CLICK HERE. Congratulations to new So Cal entries Rancho Cucamonga (inland Empire Chapt, ride PET) and Chula Vista (San Diego Chapt, ride SD7 Option 2.
CHAPTER 1. SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
SLO COUNTY LINKS: Status of Trail Projects
CA1,2 CAMBRIA LINKS: Fiscalini Preserve Cambria Restaurants
Hearst Castle San Simeon State Park
MB1, 2 MORRO BAY & MONTANA DE ORO STATE PARKS
UPDATE: MB1 and Option 1: The new bike/ped bridge and pathway over Morro Creek was completed in July 2015. You can now use that shortcut as shown in the book as 'pending.'
LINKS: Morro Bay State Park Montana de Oro State Park Morro Bay Estuary Morro Bay Restaurants Morro Bay Bike Route Map (print and take along)
City of SAN LUIS OBISPO LINKS: SLO city and county bike maps including historic SLO and Edna Valley Wineries Bike Tours.
AV1 AVILA BEACH LINKS: Avila Beach Restaurants Bob Jones Trail Map & Photos
PS 1,2,3 PISMO BEACH LINKS: Pismo State Beach Restaurants Butterfly Grove
CP1, 2 3, CARRIZO PLAIN REQUEST "CARRIZO" for the complete article.
LINKS: BLM Carrizo Plain NM including wildflower report
BLM's Hiking & BIking page Reserve Painted Rock Access & Tours
CHAPTER 2. SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY LINKS County Bike Maps
SAM1,2 SANTA MARIA LINKS: Bikeway Map Los Flores Ranch Prk Info & Map
LOM1 LOMPOC LINKS: Lompoc Bike Map
SB1, SANTA BARBARA Update: SB1 Option 2 - Coast Route South. BIG NEWS! The fabulous new Rincon Bike Trail now runs 3.6 miles on the ocean side of US 101 between Rincon County Beach Park and Mobil Pier Road, connecting to ride VE4 - Rincon Parkway in Ventura. It opened Sept 2014. To connect from the south end of Carpinteria Ave turn left on Rincon Ave/Hwy 150 and ride 0.6 mile to Rincon Hill Road. Turn right and glide down (becomes Bates Road) to the trailhead at the park. See also ride VE4.
SO1 SOLVANG WINE COUNTRY LINKS: Solvang Visitor Info Wine Country Info
CHAPTER 3. VENTURA COUNTY
Update P 74 Eric Ericsson's on the pier is now Beach House Fish
VE2,3 OJAI VALLEY TRAIL LINKS: Dining, events, restaurants Chamber of Commerce History of Ojai Branch rail line Rail trail VE3,4 detail & elevation profile City site
VE4 RINCON Update BIG NEWS! The fabulous new "Rincon Bike Trail" opened in September 2014 on the ocean side of US 101 along the waterfront from Mobil Pier Road 3.6 miles to Rincon County Beach Park at Bates Road, south of Carpinteria. This can also be a nice easy scenic 7.2 round trip ride (new VE5) on its own. When cycling north on Rincon Pkwy, the roadway eventually crosses under Hwy 101, and passes a freeway off ramp. In another 0.75 mile cross back under the freeway at the first opportunity to get to Mobil Pier Rd. Go to the right to access the new bike trail. Parking is also available at the northwest trailhead at Rincon County Beach Park. The trail has great ocean views. Knocks are proximity to the freeway and road noise, and if you're a slow casual cyclist expect speeding through-cyclists, especially on weekends. The trail has been mapped on Googlemaps.
To continue on to Carpinteria and Santa Barbara (Ride SB1 Opt 2) on a popular on-road bike route, turn right on Bates Road from Rincon Beach Park and ride up the grade (turns into Rincon Hill Rd) for about 0.8 mile (170 feet elevation gain) to Hwy 150 (Rincon Rd), and turn left to get to Carpinteria Avenue in 0.6 mile. In the future, Rincon Trail may be extended to Carpinteria Ave.
NEW RIDE VE5 Rincon Bike Trail. 7.2 miles round trip alongside Hwy 101 next to the beautiful Pacific beaches, once only navigable along the freeway itself. See VE4 and SB1 for details.
ENCORE -- The following ride was summarized on page 368:
POINT MUGU STATE PARK LINKS: State Park site Sycamore Canyon Trail info
CHAPTER 4. LOS ANGELES COUNTY
LA COUNTY LINKS: Bikeways Map including closures LA County Bicycle Master Plan
LA BIke Paths site LA County Bicycle Coalition LA River Parks & Revitalization
News: The El Nino Winter of 2016 caused some damage to bike trails. For the latest updates on LA trail closures for the current season see the site: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/bikepathclosures
LA1 and 2 BEACHES Update: LA2 p 88 par 2. The Harbor Dr. stretch is now a 2-way protected bike lane. Watch for cars turning into parking lots. LINKS LA1: Best Venice Restaurants Santa Monica Bike Map Ballona Creek Trail Map & Detail Marina Del Rey Restaurants LINKS LA2: Restaurants: Redondo Beach Manhattan Beach
LA3 SAN PEDRO & LA HARBOR LINKS: Port of Los Angeles Red Car Line
Cabrillo Beach (LA City Park) LA Maritime Museum Ports 'O Call Village San Pedro's comprehensive website: Dining, port info, etc.
LO1 LONG BEACH WATERFRONT LINKS: Shoreline Village Queen Mary
Aquarium of the Pacific Bike Long Beach.org City of Long Beach LB Marinas
LO2 BELMONT SHORE & NAPLES ISLAND LINKS: Naples Isle Restaurants
Belmont Shore Restaurants Marine Stadium Naples Holiday Lights Display (YouTube) Naples Island Map (Private Source) X pp 97,99 Bay Shore "Drive" is actually "Avenue" as shown on map.
SE1 SEAL BEACH Update: Ruby's on the pier closed and at present the space is vacant. News: Rare green sea turtles have been spotted near the mouth of the San Gabriel River, possibly attracted by the warm water from the power plant effluent: Rides: SE1, LB2, SGR1. LINKS: Restaurants Ocean Water Quality
SGRT SAN GABRIEL RIVER TRAIL LINKS: Trail Map (Private source)
Doing the entire ride is not in our wheelhouse, but it may be in yours. Check out other accounts of cycling the trail: KCET SGR1 LINK: Map of El Dorado Park
SGR2 LINKS: Whittier Narrows Rec Area Whittier Narrows Trail Map SGR3 LINKS: Santa Fe Dam Rec Area Rec Area Vicinity Trail Map SGR4 LINK: Trail Map (Private source)
LA4 GRIFFITH PARK LINKS: Park Site Griffith Park Map LA Zoo Autry Center
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk LA River Bike Path
LA5 SEPULVEDA BASIN LINK: Wildlife Reserve x P 117 Access. From I-405 to Victory turn left (not right) on Balboa to parking.
PA1,2 PASADENA LINKS: City Bike Map Old Pasadena Restaurants Heritage Square Museum Norton Simon Museum Rose Bowl Arroyo Seco Natural Park Trails Arroyo Seco Foundation Trails
PA3 SAN MARINO The Huntington Botanical Gardens, Art Museum, Library
For expanded ride info CLICK HERE
CAT1 AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND LINKS: General info, restaurants (Chamber)
Catalina Conservancy Membership Hermit Gulch Camping Reservations
Santa Catalina Island Company (operates several restaurants, hotels, campground) website is www.visitcatalinaisland.com -- x is incorrect on map.
Passenger Ferry: Catalina Express from San Pedro, Long Beach, Dana Point Catalina Flyer from Newport Beach REQUEST "CATALINA" for a slightly expanded writeup of this ride.