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From Pristine Beaches to Majestic Parks: Here Are 10 Best Routes to Ride Your E-Trike in California!

E-Trike in California

Ranging from majestic national parks to scenic coastal routes, California offers many exciting locations for you to enjoy a fantastic adventure. If you have officially joined the thousands of people of all ages who are answering the call to nature, and purchasing their adult tricycles to enable them enjoy the beauty, fun and activity of the outdoors; or if you are planning to do so, this guide will introduce to you some of the most beautiful and beloved trike routes in the golden state, where you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing ride. Some are well known, others rather hidden, but these trails will take you through some of the scenic and historic locations in the state, offering you an opportunity to have fun and build a healthy habit as you enjoy the best of Cali.

1.      Coronado Beach Bike Trail

The iconic Hotel del Coronado is known as the last relic of the Victorian age of American architecture. It is surrounded by the white sandy Coronado beach that spreads out along the coast, covering a distance of over 1.75 miles. Because of the good climate, beautiful sand and waves, this beach is forever full of excited kids building sand castles, couples enjoying a romantic time, and families walking around with their dogs. However, comfortably perched on your trike, you can follow the bike trail from Coronado Island Mario Resort and Spa along the harbor. This tree-lined path winds along the beach, allowing you a scenic view of the San Diego skyline. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about missing any of the fascinating tourist attractions the city has to offer: from architecturally distinct buildings such as the Hansel and Gretel, Wizard of Oz-themed homes to the amazing Hotel Del Coronado itself, the pleasant sights on this trail will be etched into your memory for a long time.

2.      Huntington Beach Bike Path

It is no doubt this town has earned the nickname “Surf City”. With 9.5 miles of divine and spotless beach, a mild climate, and excellent surfing facilities, Huntington beach is the most popular beach in Orange County. But this haven is not only perfect for surfers: with your e-trike, you can still emerge as the most satisfied person in Surf City. Follow the bike path that runs along the beach for over 7miles, making sure to pause and take in the sights as you ride past symbolic historic sites such as Newland House Museum (the oldest home at the beach, built in 1898), the incredible surfers, and acrobatic volleyballers having fun on the beach. With the stunning ocean view to the west and the famous Pacific Coast Highway to the East, there is something breathtakingly divine about this path.

3.      Santa Monica State Beach Bike Trail (Part of the Marvin Braude Bike Trail)

There are not many places in the country where you can find the perfect balance of thriving local culture and ample opportunities for tourist adventure. Covering over three miles of pristine sand and blue water, the Santa Monica State Beach is one of the most popular and vibrant beaches in Los Angeles. The good news for trike explorers is that this beach is ringed entirely by a bike path. Feel free to join the multitudes of bikers, runners, walkers and rollerbladers all having fun on this path.  As you ride, keep an eye out for the Santa Monica pier, with its giant solar powered Ferris wheel. Apart from the excited noises of the people enjoying the rollercoaster at the pier, the atmosphere at the beach is laid back, and every day is the perfect day to enjoy the breathtaking sea with lots of spray and surf and on the waves.

4.      The Newport Beach Back Bike Trail

The entire city of Newport is known for swimming and sandy beaches. However, if you want to get the best experience on your e-trike, there is only one place to start: the Upper Newport Bay. The Back Bay Loop Trail covers a distance of over 10 miles, winding around Upper Newport Bay as well as the Back Bay. One of the best trails in the country, it is open to a variety of adventurers including joggers, bikers, and of course-trikers! As you ride along, you can look out on the bay, and you might quickly pick up interest in some history lessons about the sensational city of Newport. At the end of this ride, having stopped at the Upper Castaways Park, the Back Bay Science Center, and the County of Orange’s Peter and Muth Interpretive Center, you will understand why it said that nothing beats the scenic spots of Newport.

5.      The Balboa Beach Bike Trail (From Upper Newport Bay to Main Avenue)

Is Balboa Beach the same as Newport Beach? The answer is both "yes" and "no". The two are located in the same area, but each has its own unique characteristics. While Newport beach allows you to enjoy the beauty of San Diego, the history of the city, and the all thrill of its human activity, Balboa beach is all about the charm of nature. For a long time, this beach, with its diversity of wildlife, has attracted wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts from all over the country. But here is what makes Balboa beach really special: a trail-just perfect for your e-trike!
The Upper Newport Bay Nature and Preserve and Ecological Reserve would be an ideal place to start your ride. Pick an ideal starting point and follow Back Bay Drive, riding towards the ocean. You will soon find that riding on the Bay Back Drive is, in itself, an awesome experience. The exciting mix of different people, including joggers, wildlife photographers and enthusiasts, painters with easels all having a great time is certain to warm your heart. When you arrive Dunes Resort, turn right onto the bike trail. The bike trail leads you behind the Dunes, where you are to make a left onto Bayside drive. The pacific Coast Highway lies ahead: wait for the light, then maintain course on Bayside until you cross onto Main Avenue. From here, it is possible to cross on the ferry to the island, but since bikes are not allowed on the island, you can park your bike at Main Avenue or simply turn and ride all the way back. Whichever decision you make, you will be guaranteed to have had fun on this nine-mile ride.

6.      The Yorba National Park Bike Trail

Think of a large park with neat grass, plenty of trees for shade, beautiful duck ponds and a lot of graceful animals. That is Yorba National Park! But there is an additional reason for trikers to love this park: the Yorba National Park Trail. This trail has been making news since the late 20th century. In 1989, the Los Angeles Times described the path as "a veritable freeway for bicycles". All the way from its origin in the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, this trail follows the San Ana River, meandering through several riverside counties. The trail will offer you a perfect and complete view of the expanse of the historic river; including all the beauty and diversity of its marine life. In addition, this trail is particularly interesting, some parts being paved and others unpaved. There is much to enjoy on this path, ranging from parks and landscapes to urban areas. Presently, there are planned extensions of the trail reach to Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County. It is estimated that the Santa Ana River Trail will be the longest multi-use trail in Southern California, at approximately 100 miles (160 km).

7.      The Marvin Braude Bike Trail

There is no doubt why this trail is considered the most popular bike trail in Los Angeles: it represents the perfect quintessence of the grace and beauty of California. Stretching along the coastline of Santa Monica Bay for a distance of 22miles, the trail is bordered on one side by the blue expanse of the ocean. As you enjoy the sweet ocean breeze on your face, you can enjoy the colorful piers, lively crowds, and beach vistas that would go unseen by automobile travelers. Eventually, you could eventually emerge at a number of world-famous California beaches such as Santa Monica and Venice Beach. The natural beauty and grace of the California coastline, in addition to the freedom and vivacity of its towns and people are guaranteed to make your ride full of pleasant highlights.

8.      The American River Bike Trail

Renowned for its breathtaking woodlands, the American River Bike Trail is the ideal to place to witness the romance of nature. This trail follows the American River over a distance of 32 miles from Sacramento to Folsom Lake. The road is ideal for tricyclers: winding its way through astounding woodlands, cool and lush picnic spots and several vantage points from which to enjoy the majesty of the American river. This path is popular amongst trikers who favor it for the beauty of the river and the picturesque countryside with its solace and rich history.

9.      The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Bike Trail.

Did you know that Monterey Bay lies on the migratory path of gray and humpback whales? It is also a breeding site for elephant seals! The Monterey Bay Recreational Trail offers riders a full view of the beauty and grace of Monterey Bay, with its many species of marine animals including Sea Otters, harbor seals and bottlenose dolphins. This 18-mile trail runs along the coast of Monterey Bay, stretching from Castroville to Pacific Grove, California. The many attractions along the trail such as the Cannery Row and the beautiful beaches are certain to remain etched in your memory for a long time.

10.    The San Diego Bayshore Bikeway - San Diego.

What about a comprehensive view of San Diego? The San Diego Bayshore provides riders with a delightful view of all the attractions of the beautiful city. Perched comfortably atop your electronic trike on this conveniently flat path, you could enjoy a panoramic view of the Bay Area, downtown San Diego and Coronado Island. It only gets better: you could stop at your convenience to enjoy major city attractions like the USS Midway Museum and Coronado beach. A ride along this road is guaranteed to be fun and exciting, providing ample opportunity for relaxation and even education.

As long as you pay attention to traffic signs, consult local laws regularly, and ride your e-trike carefully, California is your oyster. Enjoy the places and people of California like never before! Ride along the beaches, ride in the national parks, ride on the trails: ride, ride and ride…and keep riding.

James Carter
As a self-proclaimed bicycle fanatic, I'm James Carter, and I've been riding and racing bikes for over 20 years. Sunshine California is where I was born and raised. Now I live in Boulder, Colorado. I know a lot about designing and fixing bikes, and I've written for a few well-known bicycle magazines. I want to use easy language to explain complicated technology so that everyone can enjoy riding a bike.

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