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Ventura, California

Bike the Lake Casitas Loop

48.9 Miles Total - 3635 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Josiah Roe

Gorgeous views of the central California coastline, the Ventura Canyon, the Los Padres National Forest and Lake Casitas, all with a fantastic downhill to the ocean.

The Lake Casitas Loop s a fantastic cycling trail leading from Ventura, California through Ventura Canyon, around Lake Casitas and up over Casitas Pass, down through Rincon Canyon to the ocean and south on Rincon Trail back to Ventura.

It covers almost all of the ecological zones and topographical features that can be found on the Central Coast, and the cycling varies from paved off-road to cycling lanes to narrow canyon downhills. It truly has it all.

Typically the loop begins in Seaside Park in Ventura and then loops through Ventura Canyon on the Ventura and Ojai Trails before going left on Santa Ana Boulevard towards Lake Casitas, following the north shore of the lake around and up over the pass on Casitas Pass Road, going left on Rincon Road back to the Rincon Trail.

As an alternate, you can follow Casitas Pass Road all the way into Santa Barbara and from there take the Rincon Trail back to Ventura. 

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