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Cycling Trek to the Sea and Back

The Tustin Station is the ideal spot to connect with the Mountains to Sea trail that winds its way from the Weir Canyon Nature Preserve down to the Upper Newport Bay.

Our trail starts at the halfway point and passes through Irvine past the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, UC Irvine, and ends on Balboa Island. Why not bring your bike on Metrolink for a fun cycling adventure. Complete Mountains to Sea Trail information.

The Route

This fairly flat route travels from the Tustin Metrolink station south to The Dunes in Newport Beach. It winds its way through Tustin, Irvine and eventually through the Newport Beach Back Bay to Balboa Island. We’ve pointed out some mile-by-mile points of interest and offer several areas to enjoy a meal, view or take in the local wild life. Use this link to view route in detail or select the map to the right.

Route highlights

Mile 1
The District at Tustin Legacy. Short side trip. Leave bike path at Barranca Parkway. Head north about .25 miles. Stop is just over a mile into ride.

Mile 5
Visit the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. Exit trail at Campus Drive.

Turnaround option
Head east one mile. University Center. Places to eat and relax.

Breakfast Republic
Tender Greens
Dunkin' Donuts
Mendocino Farms
Luna Grill
Cha For Tea
Gyutan Ramen
Pink Pig Dessert Shop

Full list of shops and restaurants

Mile 7
Just before mile 7 you'll enter the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. Follow trail as it winds through the Newport Back Bay.

Mile 10
The trail intersects Jamboree Road. Take Jamboree across PCH onto Balboa Island. Great places to have lunch and relax.

Wilma's Patio
Crocker’s Abundant Table
Sugar ‘n Spice (ice cream)
Dad's Donut Shop and Bakery
The Village Inn

The train station

The Tustin station is located at the intersection of Edinger and Jamboree Road. It is located within easy reach of a number of shopping and business centers. The District at Tustin Legacy is 2 miles from the station and a short 4-mile trip to the heart of Old Town Tustin.

Bikes on Metrolink

Yes, you can bring your bikes on Metrolink. We even have a special car dedicated to bike storage. It is typically the third passenger car and is clearly marked. Please review Metrolink's bike guidelines.

Train schedules

We always suggest when planning your adventure to check the Metrolink train schedule to the Tustin Station. Both the Orange Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line serves this station.