Banning Channel Bikeway
The Banning Channel Bikeway, is the name of the bicycle trail that's on the Eastern bank of the Santa Ana River. Later on North the trail merges into the Santa Ana River Trail, when it changes sides, 2 miles later.
First of all you have to go 100 feet down a path before you reach the fence, where the Banning Channel Bikeway starts after coming from the Newport Beach side of the Santa Ana River Trail, on the North section of Pacific Coast Highway, just before you start to cross over the bridge.
It is .9 miles away and will take you 5 minutes and about 20 seconds to reach the Southern entrance to South Talbert Nature Preserve.
Victoria Street is 1.5 miles and 9 minutes of riding North from the beach. Around the fence is the Northern-Victoria Street entrance to South Talbert Nature Preserve. After you go under the bridge, despite being only .2 miles from the Banning Channel Bikeway, it takes a few minutes to go up hill to the peak of Victoria Vista Park, because of the steep incline.
700 feet North after going under the Victoria Street bridge is the Southern entrance to the Northern section of the Talbert Nature Preserve the Northern entrance is .9 miles and about 4 minutes away from the beach after gettting on the Banning Channel Bikeway.
Just when you start to see the wooden bridge to cross over to the other side of the East bank of the Santa Ana River Trail, 1000 feet up is a light blue bridge to take you West over the Greenville- Banning Channel, right around the area where you merge into the Santa Ana River Trail, after it crosses over to the East bank from the West bank of the Santa Ana River.
The Northern entrance to the Northern section of the Talbert Nature Preserve is 40 feet North after the light blue bridge, if you keep going North, then about 300 feet more you can find the Wetlands at Fairview Park Bike Trail over to the right. That is a new trail that goes East to Placentia Avenue, right by the end section of the Eastern part of Fairview Park.
If you keep going North on the asphalt trail instead of turning off at the Wetlands at Fairview Park Bike Trail, you will go for less than half a mile before you come up to a dead end, with a chain link fence.
When you're going South on the Banning Channel Bikeway, it starts on the East bank of the Santa Ana River, when you come to the bridge that takes the Santa Ana River Trail over the Santa Ana River to the West bank and then ends at Pacific Coast Highway, and then you go under the bridge and wind around and then you can go West on the Huntington Beach Bike Trail. You can also go East after going under the Pacific Coast Highway bridge and go into the City of Newport Beach.
One of the first places you end up when going South on the Banning Channel Bikeway for (miles and $%^ minutes is the Northern entrance to North Talbert Nature Preserve.
If you keep going another ^& miles for about #$% minutes, that will take you to the Southern section of the North Talbert Nature Preserve. Not that much longer, and that will take you to Victoria Street and you can go either West into the City of Costa Mesa, and go for $%^ miles for a #$% minutes up the hill to Vista Victoria Park, and a little farther up is Canyon Park.
Farther South riding the Banning Channel Bikeway, you will see the wetlands over to the left, and if you go %^& miles for %^& minutes, you will come up to the Pacific Coast Highway entry point, which doesn't go under the bridge, you have to turn out onto the street. To get to the beach you have to go West over the bridge, and then circle around on to the Santa Ana River Trail and go South under the bridge, and then circle to the West until you get onto the Huntington Beach Bike Trail, which at several points for it's several mile span, will get you onto the beach.