by TOMOYA SHIMURA
Experience the Irvine Master Plan like never before. On the seat of a bike, the Mountains to Sea Trail will take you through oak-filled canyons, parks and wetlands on your way to Upper Newport Bay.
The Mountains to Sea Trail travels from the Cleveland National Forest to the Pacific. It’s 22 miles of pure beauty. I recently rode the lower half on an electric bike. In 30 minutes, we cruised from Woodbridge to Upper Newport Bay, passing through canyons, meadows and marshes along the way. Heading back, with the scent of saltwater still in the air, I realized that Irvine’s Master Plan allows you to get almost anywhere in the city on 363 miles of perfectly maintained bikeways.
Irvine resident Loretta Salemme has plenty to smile about as we cruise through Shady Canyon, surrounded by rolling hills and lush, green landscapes.
Soon we could feel an ocean breeze picking up. The perfectly maintained, off-road bikeway allowed us to soak up the sights, sounds and scents all around us.
Within 30 minutes of leaving Woodbridge, we arrived at Upper Newport Bay, one of the largest coastal wetlands in Southern California. What a way to spend the day!
To learn more about the trail, visit: letsgooutside.org/explore/mountains-sea-trail
E-bikes are not permitted on natural surface trails in the open space
To learn more about electric bikes visit Pedago Irvine in Woodbridge Village Center