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Southern California bike trail roundup

July 8, 2008 |  6:25 pm

Exercise bike at the gym starting to feel like a tease? Then dust off the spokes and strap on the bike rack ... the open road awaits! 

Biketrail Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach
A Huntington Beach version of the Santa Monica bike path.

Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach
Beautiful ocean views and good fire-road riding with some single track. Trails intersect with the El Moro Canyon backcountry of the state park.  Between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach

El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara
A bike trail connects the park with Refugio State Beach, 2.5 miles away along sandy beaches and rocky tidepools.  (Great camping and horseback riding too!)

Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Rent bikes and tour 4,210 acres of natural chaparral-covered terrain and landscaped parkland in the largest municipal park with an urban wilderness area in the United States.

Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu
Fifteen miles of stream-side trail through oak and sycamore hillsides.

Portuguese Bend, Palos Verdes Peninsula
The ultimate "secret" local spot in the South Bay area.

Paseo Miramar / Topanga Loop, Topanga
Topanga State Park boasts 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Point Mugu State Park, Ventura
One of the most popular areas to mountain bike in the Santa Monica Mountains. Single track, wide open fire road and a nice, narrow paved road coupled with spectacular scenery makes this a top valley-to-ocean ride.

Santa Monica and Venice Beach Bike Path
Enjoy summer fun all year long with a smooth ride at the beach.

Zuma Ridge / Trancas Canyon, Malibu
It’s worth the challenge to get to this lesser used trail…

—Post and photo by Sari Heifetz

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