The front has gone east to plague someone else and the sun come out for a day or two before the next one, so it was time for a ride. TB likes that one under the shade tree. Today was a bright sunshiney day. Also, known as the Santa Ana River Bikeway, Santa Ana Bicycle Path and SART. While it is downhill overall, the grade is very mild and does go up in many places. “Youth Guidance Center” they call it. It rises way up in Santa Ana, with a branch in Costa Mesa. 776 east end - 1672 S Waterman Ave. Riverside, CA N34degrees 04.190' W117degrees 16.745' Elev.965 Pictures available upon request. That’s rather sparse for a trail page. Family out for a ride? Straight ahead takes you to the trail end at Waterman Blvd., about 8 miles upstream. I suspect that is because it is next to the Kaiser Hospital and there is very little parking in the area. Location, location, location. Rubidoux. Bicycle riders, walkers, runners, rollerbladers, you name it and there are people out on the Santa Ana River Trail doing it. There is also a $15 day use fee, which the TrailBear finds rather steep. The parking lot at LaCadena has rest rooms and parking but I've noticed broken glass from breaking so be careful. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. The Golf Course and Prado Dam will have to wait for another day. Serious bikers seem to be the main users, however there is family biking, runners and even skateboarders. Most riders bike the single-track section near Angelus Oaks. The robbers mostly target lone riders, usually between 6PM and 8PM. It is a joint effort to be built by all three counties. however, it feels a bit uncomfortable going though a plant nursery & interrupting people’s jobs. The roads are dirt, but the bike trail is 5* blacktop – very smooth. There are a number of observation points with informational signage. I will definitely ride this trail again. It has the usual full service facilities with a nice shaded blacktop parking lot, plus a gravel over flow lot, plus a dirt over-over flow lot. Usual restrooms and water and parking and such. There is a linear park along PCH on the ocean side with four parking lots (metered, $1.50/hr.) 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. The weather was very overcast and cool. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. Their foundations sit on granite bedrock, 10 -50’ below river level. That said, the riverbed borders several gang territories, so riders should use appropriate caution and when possible, ride in pairs during evening hours. The bad part is that it is dam ugly. You need to exit just after the Yorba Linda Parkway overpass and ride on the sidewalk or bike lane for a couple of blocks to a car wash on the right. Most of upper riverbed was dry. While we only did a portion of the trail we still logged 31.5 miles of riding with 28 mile of it being sweet single track. Where did the rest go? View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. I did an early morning ride yesterday, starting at Green River Rd. This would be a great ride in the winter, just after a storm when the mountains are out and covered in snow and the “seeing” is good. This is XC riding. Number streets cross the freeway, Valley View is nice to River Dr, then Eighth to Crestview. Those domed tanks are trickling filters. Trikes. The City of Orange is next, where you'll begin to see the gigantic "A" marking the stadium of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, situated directly across the Santa Ana River from Orange. Rode from Centennial Park to downtown Huntington Beach. Took the 3/4 mile detour into Fairmount Park (halfway) and found it a gorgeous place with lakes. 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. In fact, one-speed cruisers were by far the most common bikes on the trail. You have a comfortable moving seat. 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 Santa Ana River Trail is a partially completed system of trails both paved and unpaved that, when completed, will parallel the Santa Ana from Big Bear Lake to Huntington Beach. From there, it’s a ¾ mile leg to the midpoint of the Santa Ana trail. and the river at GE: 33.703356° -117.931475°. Bit thin on facilities for a city park. decomposed granite. There was that winter’s day when he could see everything out here. Ahead is the Diversion. TRAILBEAR TRIES FAIRMOUNT PARK… So, here we go again. Case in point, here in Susanville, where I have recently moved from another geo-social location (retired) the Bizz Johnson Trail is one that I am still seeking a one-on-one relationship. (Very poorly, it would seem. Well, check out the restrooms and get a data point or two. It seemed kind of dirty. < http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/EdnaPark.asp> ORANGE CITY SQUARE MALL … GE: 33.775244° -117.890993° Above Edna Park it looks a bit thin for trail-side facilities. There are lots of dirt trails – suggesting a fun time with a mountain bike. The trail itself becomes slightly hillier here—a challenge for those coming all the way from Huntington Beach. We could use a lot more of these up and down the trail. Heading back to cucamonga on hamner(milliken) the high of the ride starts to come to an end. For a shorter option from the north end of the trail, many riders will turn around at 6.8 miles where the trail meets a sign for the county line. Put your feet up and enjoy. Also take a look at our section on resources and equip yourself to ride the Santa Ana River Trail. Most of the trail has another dirt trail on the other side, for horseback riding. Currently both trails have sections closed so you can't ride end to end as of 3/30/18. Fairview Park would be the trailhead, with parking , water, picnic tables under ramadas, restroom, etc. The sheer novelty of it… Having created the TrailLink map for the Upper Santa Ana River Trail, he needs to get out to Riverside and put some facilities icons on it. @@@ I parked in Moon Park by the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa and got on the trail heading up river. ), the park offers two lakes shaded with trees, a band shell, rose gardens, a boat house, tennis courts, tot lot, picnic areas, a golf course and numerous paths to explore. TraiBear Putting the icons on the map. There was only one lane of travel in these areas but the longest one was about 30 feet so no biggie. < 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. The Santa Ana River Trail spans over 120 miles through Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Peace out. Parking, water fountain, tables and shade and a concrete moon emerging from the grass. Across the river, in Costa Mesa, are Fairview Park on the bluff and the Talbert Nature Preserve down below. They must be there, somewhere, but none were seen down at the lakes. TB turns right to run down into Fairmount Park. The water fountain here is inside the Little Dogs Park, together with shade trees and a picnic table. Sorry about that bikeE Dave, I would have rated it higher but I have been spoiled by trails like the Centennials and the Trail of the Couer D'Alenes in Washington and Idaho. The Rover trike works fine. We enjoy this trail! This really sucks but I guess you can just turn your bike around and ride it in to the sea breeze and make your way back to your car or even better make your way to the beach and back. 14 miles to Huntington beach one way freshly painted well traveled watch for weather specially Santa Ana winds other enjoy fresh breeze catch a train to San Diego take bike on board or simply ride to the beach n enjoy the pacific ‍♀️ Head pillowed on his pack, covered with a quilt, he sleeps the morning away. Designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead (Think: Central Park, New York City. Coming back, it was a little more involved with two left turns onto and off of Riverdale, but certainly manageable, especially if you have road riding experience. GE showed Le Bard right on the trail. The MO is to throw a beater bike in front of you. Won’t use the upper trail again. TRAILBEAR SCOUTS FACILITIES ON THE SART Before Flood Week, the TrailBear hopscotched upriver on the SART, checking out potential trail heads. Eliot – The Hollow Men The first sight was a bus load of Work Release prisoners lined up to get the word on what to do in the park. @@@ **Attn So Cal SART Riders and Shops In Area:Just Recieved the Email from Santa Ana PD During the past two months there have been several robberies on the Santa Ana Riverbed in Santa Ana between 17th Street and Edinger. The trail crosses under two pipes crossing the river. The next thing to note is that you need to cross the Gypsum Canyon Road Bridge because the trail on the left side of the river ends abruptly a few blocks after the bridge. All the homeless are gone and they put up fences in all the areas the homeless were camping out. I use this trail quite frequently. There is a small trail sign and a bench just at the beginning of the trail. TrailBear 1.22.10, THE SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL… from the Ocean to the Orange Crush 1.13.10 SART, the Santa Ana River Trail: thirty miles of high speed express trail with grade-separated crossings. Corona/Norco part: Railroad St detours down Pomona, and Maple is an alternative, then Lincoln to Hammer. A former overlook, perhaps. Today there is a bit of fog grading into haze. All those wind socks on the plant structures suggest they are using something that would make a lethal cloud if it leaked. In addition, on the way to work, I've seen either Canadian Geese or Crackling Geese, I'm on my way to work, so I can't stop and determine which species they are and I only see them in the early morning hours. At this point, one leg of the trail crosses over the river and on to Yorba Park and beyond – and so should you. See all you kids out there. We showed their photos to some of the other victims who identified them as being responsible in multiple robberies. I really like this trail. Park for a break or a view and your chair is there. Maybe you need to ride even more than you think. Strike One. More Stats for Santa Ana River Trail (2E03) - Morton Peak Section mountain bike trail Altitude change It hard to ride in the moorings, but if there were light on the trail, that would be great. CENTENNIAL PARK, SANTA ANA @ GE: 33.724745° -117.912756° This trailhead is right alongside the trail at West Edinger Ave. Nice trees, plenty of free parking, nice lake. (It is the canyon section.) Skaters. somewhere. If needing a place to ride while in the area it is worth checking out. It was a day after it had rained and I had to navigate around a good sized mud hole there. Once past the “wastewater treatment plant” (catch a whiff), you enter Pipe Reach. and as a popular bike … Lots of cars. Rode to beach twice last week from Orange! Any who, of course this review will not reveal how its used these days (years!). 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. Time to backtrack to Yorba, load up and head back down river. You can also check out the Body Mass Index and see how your height and weight measure up. Lots of parking, a small lake, water, restroom, picnic shelters, a beach and lovely flowering trees in season. From my turnaround spot, I could see the Honda Center and Angel Stadium in the distance (maybe a couple of miles away?) No one mentioned in these reviews the dozens of homeless encampments under the freeways, especially under the 5. Lot of bike tracks and foot prints. Great trail, Upper Santa Ana needs its own section. The next flushies are way up in Fairmount Park, so perhaps… Up at the corner of the park, you enter a 1.1 mile stretch of Horse County. Another Saturday: some clouds and nicely cool. The popular trail, currently open in two disconnected segments, links inland neighborhoods, businesses and shopping districts with the beach. The Bark Park is doing a lot of trailhead business from the bikies and the hikers. But enough of dog parks in the Mission style. 12/24/2010 We have had a week of non stop rain that got us noticed by the eastern new orgs. One senses that Norco does a lot of horse business. Rather, denizens of the Lower Demographic - those who wear heavy coats on hot days. It’s rather nice. Here and there they have placed a bench overlooking the view. There are some interesting design ideas at the park. Pause where the trail meets the unfinished portion of Jurupa Ave. Across Jurupa is Rutland Park. Parking is by invitation only. Strike Two. On the second visit – a grey morning – one soul was there trying to try clothing on the fence railings. South of Orangewood Avenue is a fire training facility on Rampart Street. Some nice homes up there on the slope. Where is the best place to park my car? Across the street are the meadows of the undeveloped Tesquesquito Arroyo Park. these trails are actually really fun but yet very distant. Then you don't have to hump it up a steep grade after riding 40 miles...sheesh! What will you get next? You open the gate into an enclosure. The picnic enclosure is very popular with the drifting community. Lower Santa Ana Start from Yorba Linda for the longest, best ride in the county. There are miles of standing waves and rooster tails. 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?). We only managed nearly half this time around with a plan to finish the second half in the near future. Both have facilities. There were several cyclists parking and riding from there, some commuting and others exercising/training, so the parking area was busy with people coming and going. 'Bents. 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