With a paved bike trail between the Pacific Ocean and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach is a cruising paradise. Its namesake bike trail runs along the edge of the beach and through grassy hills and palm tree–lined beach bluffs. Ready to pedal? Try adding a little gusto to your ride by way of an e-bike. Pedego Electric Bikes will set you up on an electric cruiser where you’ll still do some work, just with a little extra boost so you don’t get gassed trying to rush the ride.
Cruise to your heart’s delight on a 13.4-mile (round-trip) journey leaving from Pedego’s rental shop all the way to the border of Huntington Beach. The route lets you choose between staying close to the Pacific on the sand or closer to the street for coastal panoramas. Both paths converge after 1 mile, so our recommendation is to take the opposite fork from your original on your return journey.
For the final mile, ride through the end of the bike trail and continue to S. Pacific Avenue, cruising this shaded street until its end (your turnaround point). This gives you a view of the famous water tower house—one of SoCal’s oldest and most interesting landmarks. Rising 87 feet in the air, it was constructed in the 1800s to service steam engines, and the water tank was in use for decades before being removed and replaced with a replica house. Plenty of millions later, the house has fallen in and out with investors, finally being snapped up and turned into what’s been marketed as “the world’s ultimate beach house” and the second tallest residential home in the nation — with rental fees to match the bravado. But hey, the panorama and sunset views are ahh-mazing. Electrifying indeed!
TIP: Biking purists take heart: Pedego Electric Bikes also rents non-electric cruisers.
Biking Route: From Pedego head north on Olive Ave. and make a left on 9th St. Cross the Pacific Coast Highway. Just past the crosswalk are ramps that lead down the hill to the bike trail. Make a right turn to travel north up the paved trail. Half a mile up is a fork in the trail. One side keeps you on the sand, close to the water; the other takes you upward, close to the street. Both paths converge after 1 mile.
Pedego Electric Bikes Huntington Beach is located at 301 5th St., Huntington Beach. Take the Victoria St. exit from CA-55 and head west. Continue onto Hamilton Ave. and turn right on Newland St. Turn left on Atlanta Ave. Continue onto Orange Ave. and turn left on 5th St. Pedego Electric Bikes is on the right side. Paid parking is available on the street and in nearby parking structures.