La Ruta Margarita Professional Review and Guide
"La Ruta Margarita is a 12.95-mile loop that visits northern portions of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, as well as unincorporated areas of Orange County, including Live Oak Canyon and Trabuco Canyon. The route features a 643-foot elevation differential, and a total of 773 feet of climbing, making it a reasonably challenging outing, minus any truly long climbs. Roughly half of the ride is suburban, with intermittent traffic signals and busy, wide arterials. The other half of the ride is exurban, on low-volume, two-lane roads in lightly developed areas. The best of both worlds!
Start the ride at Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo. Mission Viejo was the site of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games cycling road races and is one of the country’s largest master-planned communities. Pinecrest Park is to the north of the Olympic route. The park is situated below the road. Mission Viejo is crisscrossed by a network of four- and six- lane arterials, all with bike lanes."