I don’t think it sees much bikie action as Edna Park, across the way, is right on the trail. Most of the lower river underpasses are high enough that they were well above water level. Nonetheless, there are many trails that are up and coming, specifically via some old rails that trains had historically travelled on themselves. It turned out to be the juvi lockup when ground-truthed. Professional sports fanatics will be pleased with this stretch, as the next landmark is the home arena of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks. Dream on, Newport Beach. It’s rather nice. The closer I got to the upper end the worse it got. Pause here and look up. However I find it a little weird how different sections of this trail are connected and signed. In any case, we started from the Pacific Coast Highway and went up the eastern side of the “river” through a bit of construction on a nicely paved trail labeled Santa Ana River Trail. It seemed kind of dirty. The Upper SART is the best I've ridden in SoCal. and a nice restroom and water at the Orange St. beach access sign at GE: 33.628114° -117.952813°. Confused? Any who, of course this review will not reveal how its used these days (years!). The good part is having the ocean breeze behind you…so no headwinds! If only the plumbing worked. TrailBear is going around it on the river side. All homeless gone! There is a small trail sign and a bench just at the beginning of the trail. TB knows there are mountains out here. It dives under the Pacific Coast Highway, comes on the beach side and joins a nice eight mile beach ride that will take you along the beach up to Sunset Beach. Ride on! I like riding this trail it is peaceful it has nice scenic views and it is well paved. The first is Just a Little Thing. I was worried about the difficulty of the trip home, but the wind at my back returning made it pleasant and easy to ride. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. The Nature Center and the shops are located on the edge of the bluff above the river with excellent views. < http://www.ocsd.com/construction/p2/photo.asp> The bikies cross on the bridge to the Costa Mesa side for more blacktop that will take them eight miles up to the Riverview Bridge in Sana Ana, where they cross back again. Built in 1904, it once held the record as the “largest concrete bridge on earth.” Read about it at: < http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/ca/ca1600/ca1679/data/ca1679.pdf> That was then. The picnic enclosure is very popular with the drifting community. Come on in, check out the trail and see if you can find an entry point close by where you live. He saw the bridge underpass closed off in advance of Flood Week. Upper: 3 stars. Views of both the Chino Hills and the increasingly meandering river make this stretch of the trail particularly scenic. The MO is to throw a beater bike in front of you. More Stats for Santa Ana River Trail (2E03) - Morton Peak Section mountain bike trail Altitude change It would look very much “in place” in the flossy suburbs of The O.C. TB turns the bike around and head back down the river to Hidden Valley. There were three sections of pavement under repair between Fairmount Park and the upper end. (It is the canyon section.) Shut the gate; collar Rover; then open the second gate. You can also check out the Body Mass Index and see how your height and weight measure up. Trikes. Both are city urban commuter type bikes and both of us over sixty-five. I really like this trail. While the river is not the prettiest for the entire route, and there isn't much access to local businesses, the water and shade accommodations are plentiful along throughout and the river definitely has its bright moments. The water fountain here is inside the Little Dogs Park, together with shade trees and a picnic table. They appear to be west of Jurupa Ave, all the way to Waterman. A significant gap exists between this endpoint and the resumption of the trail at the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area east of Norco, so the second segment is best tackled in a separate trip. There are some interesting design ideas at the park. At Garden Grove Blvd. A few crossings were damp up by the 22 and 5. Lower Santa Ana Start from Yorba Linda for the longest, best ride in the county. In Orange County, the trail begins at a junction with the Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail, providing direct access to the city's two state beaches and busy municipal beach and pier. The SART runs on the channel levee for a while, so you have river on one side and flood control channel on the other. For the first several miles, the trail followed a beautiful section of the Santa Ana River, filled with water fowl and other wildlife. You do see homeless living along the river, but they are a part of the local culture. Even better, it's like pedaling your lawn chair through the scenery. There is the Costco snack bar. You drop down, then run along Van Buren, duck under it and come up on the other side to enter the Sewage Plant Reach – a 0.7 mile stretch of tanks and ponds on one side and the river bottom lands on the other. The problem is as you make your way past Katella and continue East (towards the 91) the trail has started construction (I want to say around Tustin?). No access to the trail over there anyway. Ishi_96130, When riding the SART though Santa Ana, best be careful. Family out for a ride? It is a nice easy ride but can be challenging when the winds blow (onshore and Santa Ana's). Across the river, in Costa Mesa, are Fairview Park on the bluff and the Talbert Nature Preserve down below. Frank znkfrnk@yahoo.com. TB has a Cunning Plan: He will trailhead in Fairmount Park, ride down the river to the trail end at Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, about face and ride back up with the rising up-river breeze at his back. Santa Ana River Trail Here are some photos from my weekend ride on the Santa Ana River Trail (SART). Back then it was the sewer plant. Imagine a river in a river bed rather than a concrete channel. 776 east end - 1672 S Waterman Ave. Riverside, CA N34degrees 04.190' W117degrees 16.745' Elev.965 Pictures available upon request. When finished it will run 110 miles – from the San Bernardino County National Forest to the Pacific Ocean at Huntington Beach where the trail ends. decomposed granite. Fairview Park would be the trailhead, with parking , water, picnic tables under ramadas, restroom, etc. Refer to the TrailLink map for exact locations and directions. So, those of you who use the SAR trail, have fun regardless of your specific use of the Traillink! Caution: Watch for maintenence vehicles on the path! The floor length urinal in the men’s loo was the Yellow Sea and the floor was rather wet with something one did not wish to dwell upon. Most recent (FEB 2012) was on a Saturday afternoon when the trail gets a lot of users. And yet, I wish I still was living in SoCal. Santa Ana River Trail - © ECS, Inc. 2005 - 2020, All rights reserved. There are a couple of transients that live along the trail. Technically, the trail starts at the Huntington Beach/ Newport Beach border at the mouth of the Santa Ana River, as it empties out to the Pacific Ocean. There are people all over the switchbacks above and bikes arriving some somewhere. TrailBear does. If you want to start at the Waterman end, Tifanie (yes...that's how she spells it.) Plenty of graffiti markings on the few benches and other structures along the trail (then again this is California and can be expected). It’s a neighborhood park with water, no restrooms. We are looking for the owner; likely a bike shop since they appear brand new. Continuing into Anaheim, the river and trail turn east. There was a marked bike lane along Riverdale, as well as several signs indicating the detour and allowing bikes to ride in the car lane (which wasn't really needed, since the bike lane was adequate). That said, the riverbed borders several gang territories, so riders should use appropriate caution and when possible, ride in pairs during evening hours. PARKS Carlson Dog Park 4700 Buena Vista Ave., Riverside 1.77 Acres Off Leash Large/Small Dog Areas Drinking Fountains Hours and information: 951-826-2000 riversideca.gov/park_rec Fairmount Park 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside They would like a check for $4 dropped in the Iron Ranger on the honor system. The Santa Ana River trail is a multi-use recreational trail that runs for 30 miles along the Santa Ana River, from the Orange/Riverside county line Huntington Beach. There is a Carl’s Jr. for early riders. The Santa Ana River Trail spans over 120 miles through Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. i find it enjoyable to bike through these trails catching a breeze & watch bunnies or lizards come across the road every now & then. Yankee Clipper. There are horsemen horsing. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. you get your first glimpse of how Mother Natures march to the Sea has been briefly interupted by the hand of man. We got there at 10 and it was very busy. Well, check out the restrooms and get a data point or two. This trail was along a golf course. One senses that Norco does a lot of horse business. TrailBear – filling in the blanks on the map, TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail at SR 1/Pacific Coast Hwy. It’s an elegant park from the old school. Over there one citizen is doing just that. With more than 66 Santa Ana trails covering 422 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail or Coastal Rail Trail. There were my smiling cyclist on the trail. Signed, bikeE Dave. Beyond this is a stretch of embankment running along the trail. A cunning plan – which lasted until he reached the park. You can move on this trail. Then you don't have to hump it up a steep grade after riding 40 miles...sheesh! Then there was the grouping of folks over there about that picnic table. < http://www.pe.com/localnews/riverside/stories/PE_News_Local_H_ragpark05.3e7c4e4.html> Climb back up the other side and around the bluff to enter what TB calls the Van Buren Diversion. The trail crosses the river several times. People riding it are rude. Rubidoux. I bussed my bike from Cucamonga,to san bernardino.the ride wasINTERESTING till I got to rvrsde co. That's when the ride becomes beatiful! The trail is striped for bicyclist to ride almost 2 abreast going either East to West or West to East for the entire route. When completed, it will be the longest multi-use trail in Southern California, spanning 100 miles between San Bernardino and Orange County. The good news is that on Sunday, February 6th, three of the robbers were caught. The Area’s Premier Bike Path, from the Mountains to the Ocean. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! Down the trail a bit is a water fountain (first one seen on the trail, so fill up) and a curious pair of roofless restrooms. Seen trailheads with better facilities, but it was getting bikie business, including a flock of trikes. Not early risers hereabouts. At the northern end of Rubidoux is something unusual … THE CARLSON BARK PARK, 786’, GE: N33.98968 W117.39151 It’s always a delight to find something new on a trail. TB turns right to run down into Fairmount Park. Owner Andrea is very bicycle friendly but tells me she can't advertise near the trail so keep your eyes peeled. I blazed down either Lampson to other shortcuts to the trail or smoking down Katella to the staduim to an opening of the trail at that time. I first rode this trail over forty years ago when it was one of the first Class I trails in southern California, and I must say it was so cool to go from the Inland Empire all the way to the OC beaches! Here it is – the bark park. Go around to reach the trail. People park their cars along the side of the street and hop onto the trail from here. Avoid the areas under the bridges. Alas, there is a locked gate, so no go. I ride with my son on Sunday from Orangewood to Moon Part in the spring and to the beach when it warms and I'm in better shape. Is this one of those lonely, unloved trails. The Big A of Anaheim, as the bike trail passes by it, just south of the 57 Freeway underpass. 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