This is an easy bike path / road ride which starts in Irvine, follows the bike path along the San Diego River channel, crosses over the Ferry at Balboa Island and ends up at Balboa Pier. It is 100% paved. Except for areas of Balboa where you ride along with traffic, it’s mostly safe bike paths. Total distance is about 24 miles round trip and is mostly flat riding.
You can start this ride anywhere along the route, but the starting point of this map is Windrow Community Park in Irvine, CA where there is plenty of parking, and with many restaurants and stores nearby.