Mountain biking programs on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks give nature lovers an opportunity to experience the open spaces on two wheels! Whether riders enjoy a fast-paced journey with steep climbs and descents through mountainous terrain or prefer taking it easy on longer, slow-paced rides through the sycamores, the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks offers versatile trails and scenery. With several mountain biking programs offered at every level, there’s a new adventure around every corner.
Before hitting the trails, it’s important mountain bikers brush up on their trail etiquette. In addition to staying on the marked paths and looking out for other trail users, it’s imperative bikers remember to yield to both hikers and equestrians on the Landmarks. Knowing trail etiquette and respecting fellow outdoor enthusiasts is a great way to ensure everyone stays safe on the trails.
More advanced riders can celebrate President’s Day in OC Parks’ Fremont Canyon during the Holiday Slow-Paced Epic Mountain Bike Ride – Fremont Canyon to Sierra Peak activity on Monday, February 19 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. This level 5 activity gives explorers the special opportunity to mountain bike at their own pace through Fremont Canyon and across Sierra Peak, giving them time to soak in the unique geological structures and peacefulness of their surroundings.
Mountain bikers can roll through OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon during the Weekday Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride – Highlights of Limestone Canyon program on Friday, February 23 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The 19-mile long adventure through Limestone Canyon will include a stop at the fern-covered oasis of Dripping Springs and travel past the Sinks, providing bikers with panoramic views of the Agua Chinon Canyon watershed, Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains.
Advanced riders looking for a challenge can join the Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon on Saturday, February 17 from 8 – 11 a.m. The docent-led journey through the City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon will allow bikers to travel through a combination of ranch roads and several intermediate to advanced level technical single-track trails with multiple steep climbs and descents. During this fast-paced voyage, bikers will be able to take in the rolling hills of Bommer and Shady Canyons.
Mountain bike program participants must provide their own mountain bike - electric mountain bikes of any class or type are not permitted. All programs are free, and require advance registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day before the activity. Please click on the titles above for more information on each program, or visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.