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The ride across Orange County

You may think so as it travels from the coast to the foothills and back. You’ll see lots of cyclists out here on weekend mornings.

Bring 2 water bottles? Santiago Canyon is warm and dry almost year-round.

Want to ride off-road? Although you’ll share Santiago Cyn Road with cars, the rest of the route was planned to maximize off-road trails, so it’s suitable for athletic teens and anyone who prefers to ride away from automobiles.

The Route

Start at the Newport Beach Civic Center where there’s lots of free parking.

Cook's Corner, mid-ride break

You’ll be thirsty by the time you summit, right after Modjeska Canyon Road. In less than 2 miles look for Live Oak Canyon Road and the entrance to Cook’s Corner.

“Cook’s Corner is considered to be one of the most famous biker bars in Southern California.” You’ll fit right in.

Long downhill return

After refreshments you’ll be barreling down El Toro Road.

Frank Peters with Dan Murphy, Matt O'Toole, et alia, October 2011
Frank Peters with Dan Murphy, Matt O'Toole, et alia, October 2011

After the ride

There’s lots of food and beverage at Fashion Island, or along Coast Hwy in Corona del Mar.

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