San Juan Creek Trail–> Pacific Coast Highway

Hi friends!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! For today’s post, I wanted to share one of our favorite bike rides out here in Orange County. I’ve highlighted a few trails on the blog before but realized I hadn’t given this one any attention! Below is a little video of the trail! (You’ll see that I’m a little camera shy, and well Joey- he’s not lol)

Joey absolutely loves riding bikes over the weekends, it’s like the only thing he wants to do. We typically find a trail and go for a ride every Sunday. This one is one of our favorites and we bring family & friends on it anytime we have people over! (We actually have an extra bike handy & neighbors who are very generous with their bikes, thank you Randy & Erika!)

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We’re very lucky to live in an area where most routes lead straight to the beach, our favorite place to end up!

For this ride, we load up the bikes to the back of Joey’s car and drive down to San Juan Capistrano to a dirt parking lot not far from the San Juan Capistrano Mission. It’s about 10 minutes away from our apartment, so not bad!

Once we park, we unload the bikes and hit the trail! The trail starts along side a “wash” where a paved road takes you all the way to the beach! It’s about 3.5 miles one way. By the time you make it to the beach, you wind up in Dana Point. Sometimes we’ll get off the bikes, walk along the beach, check out their local aquarium, and sometimes grab some lunch at one of the many beachside restaurants. They have an ice cream joint too that we usually wind up at on warmer days!

When we’re looking to really push the limits, we’ll take this ride even FURTHER. There’s a trail that goes from Dana Point all the way to San Clemente. From DP to SC is another  4 miles one way. San Clemente has a pier with some cute restaurants and shopping as well!

Typically, we’ll get up Sunday morning, get breakfast and head out relatively early (like 9/10 am). Depending on where we end our ride, we’ll get lunch or ice cream before heading back home.  I absolutely love our rides along side the water and always look forward to the feeling of accomplishing a good bike ride (especially if the reward is ice cream at the end!)

Hope you enjoyed reading and watching a bit about our favorite bike ride! Can’t wait to explore & blog some more of the trails out here!




  1. Pacific Coast Highway bike rides are NO joke! Those hills are somethin’. I ran the Big Sur marathon & it was easily one of the toughest marathons I’ve run. Thanks for sharing, girl!

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  2. We have a few trails around me that are great for biking, but I don’t take advantage like I should. I don’t even have a bike anymore! This time last year though, my community put out bikes you can rent and I was part of the inaugural ride. We rode what’s called the Huckleberry Trail for about 7.5 miles one way and got shuttled back to the parking lot we started at. Another really great trail we have is the New River Trail. I haven’t rode a bike down that one, but have done about 25 miles on horseback. 🙂

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    • Oh wow! That sounds like so much fun being able to do a trail on horseback! I wish we had more access to horseback riding out here! That’s so cool that your town put out rental bikes! So fun!


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