Irvine is still expanding in leaps and bounds, and with that new development comes lots of new bicycling infrastructure that the city is famous for. In June 2019 the new Bosque trail system officially opened, part of the master development of the Orange County Great Park, formerly Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. The Jeffrey Open Space Trail project has been underway over the last decade, and the 2.4-mile portion north of I-5 is now opened. When completed to its full 5-mile length it will connect all the way to the San Diego Creek Trail (enCYCLE ride IR1) and the Quail Hill area (enCYCLE ride IR2). Currently that connection can be made via the side path along Sand Canyon Rd.
It’s fun to explore the huge Orange County Great Park, which is a work in progress, but with lots of completed sections containing athletic fields, some paved bike paths, and a giant orange tethered balloon that you can ride 400 feet into the air. With the Cypress Village Trail, the Portola Side Trail, and the Round Canyon Trail cyclists can now do a very scenic 11-12 mile loop bike ride, which encompasses enCYCLEpedia’s new ride IR4, downloadable on its website.
Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County, CA is a wonderful coastal town to visit for its scenic vistas punctuated by the extinct Morro Rock volcano that guards its picture perfect harbor, its fabulous beaches, and its waterfront downtown tourist district. enCYCLEpedia Southern California described cycling in town as split into the north and south segments, connected by a spin through the hilly and busy downtown corridor. As promised, and mapped in the book, the vital new Morro Creek Multi-use Trail and Bridge – an extension of the Morro Bay Harborwalk, is open as of July 4, 2015, making a cycle through town a seamlessly delightful experience closer to the beach and without the hills and busy downtown streets. Campers can choose from Morro Bay or Morro Strand state parks or several private parks in town, and cycle right from their sites. The bike/ped bridge is a pre-fabricated steel structure that is wide enough for emergency vehicles but not open to general traffic. The project was completed in time for the July 4th bike parade.
The easy scenic cycling adventures of Richard Fox, author of the 2014 (2nd Ed 2017, 3rd Ed 2021) guidebook "enCYCLEpedia Southern California – The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides."