enCYCLEpedia SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - THE BEST EASY SCENIC BIKE RIDES

 

2nd edition became available on November 1, 2017 from enCYCLEpress on this site (signed copies, request a dedication and free gift wrap with order) and on Amazon.com.   Press Release for the 2nd Edition. 

 

U.S. Book and Other Stores:  To order enCYCLEpedia 2nd Edition send e-mail with terms, invoicing info and quantity desired to: orders (at) enCYCLEpedia . net.  As stores are very gradually added, they will be listed below.

Santa Barbara County:  Hazard's Cyclesport

Palm Springs Area:   Tri-A-Bike Palm Desert , Joel's Bicycle Shop, Thousand Palms  Just Fabulous, Palm Springs

San Diego County:

California Welcome Center - Oceanside

 

 

 

Password Protected "Update" Pages with Bonus Materials including Take-Along Maps: Password is the first word of text on top of p282, case sensitive.   The password will change occasionally. Last changed: January 2020. 


What to expect?  You can "Look Inside" the out-of-print original first edition ($26.95) to see a similar Table of Contents (TOC) and selected pages via this link on Amazon.  Amazon does not have a "Look Inside" feature for the 2nd Edition. A TOC difference is the fabulous Puddingstone Loop replaced the meh Orange Line/Chandler ride (p118), now covered on the "Encore" page instead. As the title describes, the book covers only the BEST easy scenic bike rides, creating the ideal scenic SoCal summary; it does not include every local urban bike trail. Areas that are steeped in easy scenic bike ride opportunities, like San Diego, have the most comprehensive coverage. 

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of easy scenic cycling. There's no need to buy expensive cycling clothes or join a club (not that there's anything wrong with that!), fear for your life on the highways, or be in top physical condition like some of the athletes in your circles. Just hop on a safe, well-fitting bike, put on a well-fitting helmet (our recommendation but not required if over 18), become comfortable riding the bike, and thrill to all that Southern California has to offer, just about any day of the year!

Enjoy some fresh air, scenery, companionship or even solitude if you fancy getting away from it all; a great way to generate creative thoughts. We sampled the trails and routes of SoCal, and came up with the best of the best for your enjoyment. The trails are even rated 1 to 4 stars; of course that's our opinion based on a number of factors combined with the opinion of others that went along with us.

Your experience doesn't have to end with what is in the book. You'll notice that the book is already a hefty volume, but it could have been much bigger and heavier. Just like editors shorten movies to fit within certain space and criteria, the same can be done to guidebooks. While the book is the final optimized product, regard this website as the Director's Cut (or sometimes more appropriately "Deleted Scenes"), and find full versions of a few of the ride descriptions that were chosen for the editing floor because they did not fit our criteria for the purposes of this book as well as others did. Book owners can download copies of those ride descriptions on the two password-protected "Update" pages, as well as selected maps to take along on the ride (some are pending, feel free to request one via e-mail and we will place that one on line).  In some cases, instead of re-inventing the wheel, the Take-Along Map is a link to a publicly available map available to all. 

 

Some of the special features on the Password Protected pages, besides the take-along maps, are expanding articles such as for Ride SDC1 (the San Diego Coastal cruise), "Best of" lists such as Rail n Rides, Bike n Brunch, Camp n Ride, and many others. Since the author lives in SoCal and rides all the time, updates to rides and to maps will be ongoing as things change and new features are discovered. Input is always welcome, at info @ encyclepedia . net. 

Errata is indicated by X. In a book this densely packed with info it's virtually impossible to get it all correct. Chances are you wouldn't have noticed these minor items, since we didn't after a gazillion reads! If you find more, please let us know via e-mail.
 

The first edition was a top-seller at times in several catagories: 

 

NEW FABULOUS RIDES ARE GRADUALLY ADDED TO THE enCYCLEpedia FAMILY.  Available to book owners to download from the password protected Bonus Materials section on this website: 
May 2019: "Deserts" RM3Mission Hills Loops in north Rancho Mirage.
June 2019:  "Orange County" IR4: North Irvine's Great Park and Jeffrey Open Space Loop. Also described in this blog article available to everyone. 
July 2019  "San Diego SD7 Option 4" An optional extension off of the Silver Strand Rail Trail south of Coronado  follows a signed "Ecoroute" to the beach, restaurants and a wildlife refuge. 
San Diego Oceanside OC1 Guajome Park Option: A description, map and photos of the Guajome Regional Park easy scenic MTB trails at the end of the San Luis Rey River trail. 
 
The Bike Blog, enCYCLEpedia.wordpress.com: Our experiences in Southern California and beyond in words and pictures, including photo and video ride logs, "Top 10" lists, and media coverage. 
 
New Blog Article "A Eurostyle Bicycle and Train Holiday Along the Southern  California Coast"  Using enCYCLE'S rides, see the best of the coastal region with a combination of bike rides and train rides. 
 
Facebook Page hosted by the author: Casual Bicyclists of Southern California  covers SoCal rides and issues, encouraging users to share their experiences.

 

 

Pickleball !  Many casual bicyclists are also dinkers, including the author. Outdoor public pickleball facilities along or near our bike rides have been added to the Updates section (password protected) of this website and where helpful plotted on the take-along maps. Bring your paddles on your ride and enjoy!  See also our blog post on the subject, available to all, and places2play.org for details on the facilities.

 

 

Contents of the Book

 

BEGINNINGS: SoCal trains can access and combine rides. Bird & whale watching. Best beaches. The Missions. Rides from campgrounds. Bike to brunch.
CHAPTER 1 San Luis Obispo Co: Tour Cambria and Morro Bay. Montana de Oro State Park (SP) MTB. SLO Town info. Avila Beach's path. Pismo beach/road rides. Carrizo Plain Nat. Mon. MTB. 
CHAPTER 2 Santa Barbara Co: Wine Country: Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez on road and path. Lompoc-Surf Beach road ride. Santa Barbara waterfront path. Connect to Goleta path and UCSB paved and MTB or coast route to Carpinteria.
CHAPTER 3 Ventura Co:  Beach bike paths, harbor tour. Rail trails: Ventura to Ojai. Oceanfront Rincon road and path.
CHAPTER 4 Los Angeles Co:  Beach trail Santa Monica-Redondo Bch. San Pedro, LA Harbor tour. Long Beach ocean paths, connect to Naples Isl, Seal Beach. Best of San Gabriel River (SGR) Trail: El Dorado Pk, Whittier Narrows Pk, Santa Fe Dam Pk. West Fork SGR paved mountain trail. Puddingstone Resvr Loop. Griffith Pk/LA River Loop. Sepulveda Dam trails. San Marino/ Huntington Gardens. Pasadena road tour, path. Catalina Island's Avalon.
CHAPTER 5 Orange Co: Huntington Beach ocean path. Best of Santa Ana River Trl (SART): Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Yorba Linda. Newport Beach: Back Bay Loop to Irvine paths, Balboa Isl ferry to ocean path. Irvine's San Diego Crk Path, Shady Canyon/Turtle Rock loop. Mountains to Sea Path Newport-Orange. Peters Canyon MTB. Crystal Cove SP's paved blufftop, inland MTB. Laguna Beach bike routes, pano fire road. Aliso Wood Canyons Pk MTB, road ride, Aliso Creek Trl to foothills. Salt Creek Path to beach. Dana Point's Doheny SP beach paths, harbor cruise, connect to San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano (SJC). SJC paved path to beach, mission, horse country. San Clemente beach path or hilly road route through town, connect to path/roads to surfing beaches, San Onofre SP, Camp Pendleton to Oceanside. Yorba Linda Rec Trail. Old Town Orange and Santiago Creek paved path to Santiago Oaks and Irvine Park MTB. Fullerton Loop MTB, connect to historic downtown. Chino Hills SP Telegraph Canyon MTB. Summary of Whiting Ranch and Caspers Parks MTB trails. Trabuco Canyon MTB and paved trails near O'Neil Park.
CHAPTER 6 San Diego Co: San Marcos paths. Lake Hodges MTB. Oceanside's San Luis Rey River Trail, beach path, harbor cruise, coast ride to La Jolla. San Diego Mission Bay loop, beach path, connect to Old Town, Ocean Bch, La Jolla, San Diego Harbor tour. Road route to Balboa Park/Zoo/Hillcrest. Ferry to Coronado's coastal paths and bike route around San Diego Bay. Pt Loma/Cabrillo NM Class II. Paths at Lake Miramar, Lake Murray. Mission Hills Pk paved, MTB. Los Penasquitos Preserve prime MTB. Marian Barr and Rose Canyon MTB. Laguna Mountains MTB/hike on Pacific Crest Trail/visit and bike Julian.  
CHAPTER 7 Kern Co: Kern River Trail, Bakersfield highlights.

CHAPTER 8 Inland Empire: SART Norco-San Bernardino. Historic Riverside, Victoria Ave bike path, Citrus SP. Temecula wine country, Old Town. Claremont downtown, Thompson Crk path, Pacific Electric Trail through Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cuc, Fontana, Rialto.  Big Bear Lake's Alpine Pedal Path, bike routes to alpine village. Snow Summit lift, MTB down.
CHAPTER 9 The Deserts:  Palm Springs' stars' homes tour. City loops. New CV Link path. Paths through Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio (Coachella, Stagecoach). Joshua Tree MTB. Anza Borrego Pk's paths