Laguna Back Roads BIKE TOUR
Experience the sublime beauty of Laguna Beach on this safe and historic loop that bypasses Pacific Coast Highway. Pedal the quaint Craftsman neighborhoods and gardens, access amazing view corridors, stop at Heisler Park to see the magnificent public art, experience the charming downtown commercial district, and many artists residences.
We start our ride in North Laguna and head north past historic Pyne Castle, with elevated ocean views in the bucolic neighborhood. Then we head down to beautiful Crescent Bay beach park, with the best panoramic view of the Laguna coastline down to Dana Point. Then its south through Heisler Park to view some of Laguna's amazing public art. We'll cycle through the downtown village and onto the Oak St neighborhood, home to early California Craftsman bungalows. Then deep into Bluebird Canyon to experience the deep hills buffeting Laguna. Then we turn and head through more quaint neighborhoods, past Laguna High School before pedaling through the village once more and returning to our starting point.
The ride is approximately 7.5 miles, parts of which are hilly. Riders should be in good shape and at least 5' tall. Water, helmets, and 21 speed mountain bikes provided.
With our trailer, chase vehicle and fleet of more than 40 speed mountain bikes, we have developed a special aptitude for leading group bike rides throughout Southern California. No matter what your groups desires, we have a ride. Choose from our tasty menu:
Newport Summit Plunge
This one-way downhill ride offers the best panoramic views in Orange County, from Catalina to Saddleback Mountain, OC's highest. The ride begins at Coastal Peak Park off Newport Coast and goes along the fire road ridge line, a nice trail that is easy to navigate. Riders will have the option to split up and take more challenging single tracks along the way. As we descend through the coastal sage scrub, we will encounter several micro climate eco-systems, including a green riparian section with ancient sycamore and oak groves. We exit the trail at Laguna Canyon Rd.
Mountain Bike Aliso & Wood Creeks Park
Directly behind Laguna Beach is a 25,000 acre protected wilderness with some of the best mountain biking on the planet. Ride the moderate fire trail along the length of the canyon floor, through ancient sycamore and old growth oak trees, providing canopies of green. At the end of the park riders can ascend a challenging, expert trail, or elect to cruise back the way they came on scenic and easy route.
Crystal Cove State Park
Departs from The Resort at Pelican Hill, descends to the coastal park, and then completes a loop, with stops at Paradise Cove, the historic Cottages, tidepools and El Morro. Optional hike combo: Continue on foot into El Morro Park and hike the canyon, with extraordinary coastal views.
Laguna Niguel Monarch Loop
Departs from both the St Regis and Ritz Carlton Resorts, this tour has it all: a descent to Salt Beach, a gentle climb through the golf course and neighborhood, and a stop at Chaperosa Park. Then it’s downhill to Doheny Beach and Dana Point Harbor before climbing home.
NORTH ORANGE COUNTY
Huntington and Newport Beach: Beach cruising is easy and entertaining. In Newport Beach begin at the pier, ride the jetty out to the world famous surf spot The Wedge, then head down the strand past the party homes along the beach. Optional ride across the harbor by ferry to quaint Balboa Island.
From Huntington resorts like the Hyatt and Hilton, hop on a bike and ride south along the strand, past the cyclists, skateboarders, surfers and kite surfers to Newport Beach Pier, and then loop back on this flat ride.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Long Beach: Long Beach has become among the most bike friendly cities in America, with miles of protected bike lanes to tour the waterfront, aquarium, Queen Mary, and commercial districts.
Palos Verdes: A great ride from Terranea Resort along the gorgeous peninsula with its amazing ocean and Catalina views, past luxury homes and across to a view of the South Bay and nearby Redondo Beach.
South Bay: Pedal the legendary South Bay beach strand, a flat and scenic ride the length of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches. You’ll pass historic harbors, famous surf breaks, and stunning neighborhoods that are home to most LA professional athletes.
Venice/Santa Monica: There’s no better way to experience the freaks and flakes of LA than biking Venice and Santa Monica. You’ll get a commanding view of Santa Monica Bay, from Malibu to LAX. From there you’ll experience legendary Muscle Beach, street buskers and performers, roller bladers and skaters, the Santa Monica Pier, and a cavalcade of colorful humanity.
Malibu: This scenic ride provides ample back roads to experience both the beaches and the cowboy vibe of the legendary town. Ride to the lighthouse at Point Dume with an awesome view of the coastline, then cruise down to world famous Zuma Beach, and then cross to the mountainside to experience the bucolic, expansive neighborhoods.
Downtown: Begin in the Convention area, ride the scenic shoreline, cross to Little Italy and navigate the back streets through downtown, the stadium, and the Gas Lamp region.
Coronado: This is great, flat biking that can begin across the Bay in downtown, requiring just a short ferry ride. Then bike the legendary peninsula, home to Hotel Del Coronado, an expansive naval base, protected harbors, and miles of beaches. You can even stop for a paddleboard or kayak experience.
Point Loma: An invigorating bike ride that includes a hike around the point, offering the most magnificent views of San Diego harbor. Then hop on bikes and plunge Point Loma, with the harbor on one side and the ocean on the other. You’ll marvel at the ocean breezes as you glide to the bottom.
North County: This ride is designed for guests of either La Costa or Aviara resorts. The tour departs from either resort and cruises the quaint coastal neighborhoods of Carlsbad, and continues to Leo Carillo park, a beautiful rancho with a colorful history.
Lake Hodges: This ride is tailored to guests of Rancho Bernardo Inn. Begin at the resort, ride the coastal roads, and enter the reservoir Lake Hodges, with a scenic bike trail rimming the entire length of the lake.