enCYCLEpedia Southern California - The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides

UPDATES, LINKS, NEWS, ERRATA, ETC. THROUGH CHAPTER 4

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

BEGINNINGS

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)

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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.

  • Although they can be annoying, be kind. Don't yell "clueless ped!" We are all out to enjoy our recreation experience, and they may not realize they are being clueless. You and I can inadvertently become a clueless ped when walking on a trail, distracted in conversation or thought.
  • To pass, slow down to a safe speed and courteously ring your bell or exclaim "Passing, left," and after they move over, say "Thank you" or "Thank you, two more" etc.
  • Some may not hear you due to earbuds or hearing loss, so pass courteously even if they don't get out of the way.
  • Don't lecture anyone. You wouldn't want to be lectured to on your day of fun. Hopefully after enough encounters, they will learn how to share the trail.

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

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CHAPTER 3. VENTURA COUNTY

VE1 VENTURA

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

Hermosa 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.

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ENCORE -- The following rides were summarized on page 368:

MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK LINKS: State Park Site Malibu Creek Org Site

Hike/bike map Crags Road to M*A*S*H site

Photo of Crags Road Trail by Joe Dea:
WHITTIER LINKS: Greenway Trail Info

SANTA CLARITA LINKS: Bike trails info and map