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Socal - Orange County - Costa Mesa NickNames: #FairviewPark little playground
The park is located in Costa Mesa just across the street from Estancia High School and up above the Santa Ana river flood control area.
From San Diego Freeway, coming north or south, take Harbor Blvd south to Wilson ave. turn right
Stay on Wilson past Placentia blvd to Canyon, turn right on Canyon, drive to parking lot at end
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Park in the parking lot and head straight out to the half pipe. True, you may see little kids on BMX's and mom & dad cheering them on sometimes, but I've never had a problem getting in there and practicing drop offs and getting over the lip of a cliff. There's no challenge on the well worn areas, but go off the sides and you'll pick up the skills a beginner should develop.
Head out to the paths on the plateau and you'll get lots of little humps and bumps to practice on. Ride the crests of the 3 or 4 foot hills to practice your balance riding a peak in a not so dangerous situation. Just watch out for the rattlesnakes that are purported to live there. Stay out of the sticks and you'll be fine. People walk their dogs there, so it's not Man vs. Wild.
Even further out are the bluffs. If you're crazy, you can descend in the middle, but I've never seen anyone do it. Better to head to the right and take the trail that descends next to the paved road. At the the bottom, you can enter the little (and I mean little) valley that actually features a twisty and fun single track area. You can do that downloop in 10 minutes, but it's sandy and challenging. Squirrels and rabbits will jump out and away from you as will lizards - guaranteed. What's not guaranteed is your safety. I've seen homeless people in the second park area on the other side, but who knows. Old people walk in that park, too, so maybe I'm over-reacting.
You can exit the single track and take a manicured road past the conservation area to the riverbed and ride pavement for a mile to Newport Beach. I just turn around, do the singletrack back and head out to the flatlands that are just to the left if you're riding back to the parking lot. Here, you'll find a path of boring trails in the wide open that seems to be popular with joggers. What's priceless here are two hills with three paths up. The one closest to the road is where a beginner can practice climbing steep roads. Once at the top, fly down for a descent over the ruts practice, turn around and do the other paths.
This whole thing should kill about an hour and leave you in better shape than you were in before you got there.
I like this place in the way that Fullerton residents like the loop. It's close and you can use your bike for what it was designed for. It ain't the great outdoors, but it's great to be outside!
pablo a 36 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a f/s
There are perhaps eight or ten drops off the bluffs worth checking out if you're short on time and in the area. True--they're all terribly short, but some are extremely difficult and worth multiple runs. The small size of the park and short trails allow this. What probably bothers most riders is that this is an unusual venue for training rides, mostly in full view of the public eye. What a switch from covertly dropping illegal trails at Aliso, eh?
Just be mindful of the kids and families at the park, and be good ambassadors of the biking community.
a Weekend Warrior
It gets the advanced rating due to the steepest descents down the bluffs are advanced runs, and the jumps will offer big air if one wants to achieve it.
They need to get ridden more by local mtn bikers, and freeriders. Skilled, experienced BMX jumpers will probably head to the adjacent Sheep Hills.
Ride rating: Advanced
Singletrack=60% Dirt Road=30% Paved Path=10%
Daryl King a 37 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Santa Cruz Superlight from Huntington Beach, CA, USA baby URL: http://www.goodtime.net/cme/locme011.htm