North Laguna Route

Explore the parks and coves of Laguna’s scenic northern beaches with this 3 mile bike-friendly loop that visits Crescent Bay, Shaws Cove, Fisherman’s Cove, Diver’s Cove, world famous Heisler Park and the Laguna Art Museum.

This route can be combined with the Downtown Laguna Route and the Crystal Cove Route.

Cross the Coast Highway at Beverly Street and descend down to Cliff Drive.
Cliff Drive splits going north towards Shaws Cove and Crescent Bay and south toward Heisler Park, the Laguna Art Museum and the downtown area. Like the name says, Cliff Drive travels along a cliff.

If you want to get down the beaches, you’ll need to use your bike locks (provided) to secure the bikes to the bikes racks or railings at the top of the stairs at beach access points and head down the stairs.

Its ok to leave the helmets with the bikes.

 

CLIFF DRIVE NORTH:  Right on Cliff Drive from Beverly Street

Shaws Cove and Crescent Bay
These beaches are some of Laguna’s finest. Each in its own cove and connected by reef, rock and tidepools, these are popular “local’s beaches” for swimming, scuba-diving and tidepool exploration.  Keep mind that Cliff Drive can be quite congested on summer weekends and holidays. Beware of distracted drivers looking for parking.

Crescent Point Park and Seal Rock
Crescent Point Park is a hidden treasure of Laguna Beach providing an elevated view down the coast in one direction and a chance to watch the seals who hang out at Seal Rock in the other.

Continue on Circle Way just past Crescent Bay Stairway and lock your bikes up at the bottom of the stairway going up to Crescent Bay Dr.  Climb the stairs and walk a block to Crescent Point Park.  Once in the park, head down the hill for views of Seal Rock at the Crescent Point Overlook.

 

CLIFF DRIVE SOUTH:  Left on Cliff Drive from Beverly Street

Fisherman’s Cove and Diver’s Cove
There are two stairways at the bottom of the hill next to the apartment building over the rocks. Both beaches are worth checking out.

To the right is a narrow passage down to Fisherman’s Cove, a rocky beach and a good place to launch kayaks. The left side staircase takes you down to Diver’s Cove, an excellent swimming beach when the ocean is calm.

Heisler Park and the Laguna Art Museum
With magnificent views and an amazing collection of public art installations, Heisler Park stretches along the cliff-top towards the downtown area. Bike riding is not allowed in Heisler Park but its ok to walk your bike on the cliff paths.

Just past the end of Heisler Park, Cliff Drive curves inland and intersects with the Coast Highway at the Laguna Art Museum. Founded in 1918 by the early California artists, the Laguna Art Museum exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state.

 

POPLAR ST TO LOOKOUT DRIVE:  Cross the PCH then up to Lookout Drive

From the intersection of the Coast Highway and Cliff Drive, cross the Coast Highway and continue up Aster St. past the Urth Cafe. Turn right on Cypress and take the next left on Poplar Street.

Keep riding up Poplar past High Drive to Lookout Drive and little Irvine Bowl Park, over looking the Irvine Bowl and the Festival of the Arts grounds in Laguna Canyon.

 

RIDDLE FIELD AND PYNE CASTLE: High Dr. and Hillcrest Dr. to Wave Street.

From Lookout Drive, head back down Poplar and turn right on High Drive. Continue on a few blocks and turn right on Hillcrest Drive at Riddle Field, one of the most scenic Little League baseball fields on the map.

On the right just past Riddle Field is Pyne Castle. Built by Walter Pyne, a Santa Ana piano-dealer who made it big when one of his Yorba Linda properties struck oil in 1929.

From Hillcrest Drive, turn left on Wave Street and head downhill to the Pacific Coast Highway and Electric Cyclery / Laguna Bike Rental.