There is also free curbside parking. It was full up with them on the first visit, with more lounging on the hillside. Time to backtrack to Yorba, load up and head back down river. This is now – 106 years later – and the trains are still crossing those eight arches. Lots of road bikers cruising along at a good clip, then again this was Saturday morning when most traffic is to be expected. At 4 1/2 mi. He fell on it like a pig on a pot roast.) They would like a check for $4 dropped in the Iron Ranger on the honor system. Also, that day it was really hot (not the trails fault). We could use a lot more of these up and down the trail. We really enjoyed this trail as our first time . It’s a handy location. The Anza Narrows Park is locked. There is a section of dirt path for a quarter mile between the Hidden Valley Nature Center and the trailhead. The SART map is lacking the icons for any of these things, but they must be out there. One senses that Norco does a lot of horse business. and a nice restroom and water at the Orange St. beach access sign at GE: 33.628114° -117.952813°. There is ample parking. The first is Just a Little Thing. When you go down, they swarm you. RTC has updated the map to show most of the results of this survey and removed that little parking area on Hesperian by way of the 22 Freeway. 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. Except for a few things it's pretty much as Trailbear described last year. When you combine this exercise with phenomenal scenery and a well maintained roadway with no motor traffic (except maintenance vehicles) you get the Santa Ana River Trail. The Santa Ana River Trail (SART) near the hamlet of Angelus Oak in the San Bernardino National Forest is a really fun ride that is in the epic category. Do it again? Skaters. Mom, pop and the kids. The Nature Center and the shops are located on the edge of the bluff above the river with excellent views. 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. It had an iffy restroom situation – a girls in the building and a unisex potty in the Little League compound which may be closed when they are not playing. 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. I looked across South Waterman Ave and could see that the trail is under construction but none of the locals I talked to knew when it was supposed to be completed. You do see homeless living along the river, but they are a part of the local culture. Peace out. That said, the riverbed borders several gang territories, so riders should use appropriate caution and when possible, ride in pairs during evening hours. They are flushies without roofs. 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. Power lines overhead, as well, further up – the Avenue of the Pylons. Back on track…we continued on this until there was more construction and we diverted to the other side of the canal (the river isn’t really a river anymore – it is a canal and a great deal of cement separates the two sides). GE shows something like a pond or settling ground. Riding in the morning was cool and comfortable, with a slight onshore breeze in my face, but not difficult, since there seemed to be a slight downgrade to the trail. Google Earth shows trails and a wide rutted swath coming straight down the mountain. Ishi_96130, When riding the SART though Santa Ana, best be careful. No one mentioned in these reviews the dozens of homeless encampments under the freeways, especially under the 5. 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. COSTCO, FOUNTAIN VALLEY … GE: 33.703356° -117.931475° Just a half mile above Moon Park there is Costco, Fountain Valley, between MacArthur Blvd. It is posted that it will be closed until 10/2015!!! The Area’s Premier Bike Path, from the Mountains to the Ocean. RIVERDALE PARK, ANAHEIM @ GE 33.852078° -117.818691° This is a nice park, a full service trailhead with good facilities and right on the trail. Completion of the Santa Ana River Recreational Master Plan fulfills the first phase of the trail development process. There are the thickets of the river bottoms on one side and chain link and barbed wire on the other and the smell of stables on the wind. It has a few other parks along the way. There are people all over the switchbacks above and bikes arriving some somewhere. There is currently a short section of the trail that is closed - between Lakeview and Tustin. The Golf Course and Prado Dam will have to wait for another day. Back on the bike and head for… FAIRMOUNT PARK, 789’, GE: N33.99395 W117.38115 The trail ducks under Mission Blvd. Dog walkers. It’s barren river channel – but with dirt in the bottom. The Santa Ana river trail is the perfect solution. Since the elevation change is mellow, you can enjoy the Santa Ana River Trail with nearly any non-motorized vehicle. High speed kiddy pram and pusher? On the second visit – a grey morning – one soul was there trying to try clothing on the fence railings. 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. The water fountain here is inside the Little Dogs Park, together with shade trees and a picnic table. There are a number of observation points with informational signage. when they dont out come my clippers! View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. You open the gate into an enclosure. There is a lot of construction in the area right now. 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. Besides, the few pix on the page suggested an interesting ride and good pavement. Santa Ana Riverwalk Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Norco, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. Even better, it's like pedaling your lawn chair through the scenery. The parking lot at LaCadena has rest rooms and parking but I've noticed broken glass from breaking so be careful. I guess they think its a bike trail only. I'm 68 and I've been riding the trail for over 30 years. @@@ **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. It would look very much “in place” in the flossy suburbs of The O.C. Trail has a good surface and plenty wide for passing walkers or slower bikers (us). As expected, the breeze is on the make, coming up the river. It’s at GE: 33.661206° -117.939355°. An unknown gem to many SART users is the huge free parking lot and the Perk U up Coffee shop serving food, and both alcholic and non-alcoholic drinks. I suspect that is because it is next to the Kaiser Hospital and there is very little parking in the area. Over there one citizen is doing just that. The trail is smooth and the scenery delightful. Most recent (FEB 2012) was on a Saturday afternoon when the trail gets a lot of users. He wants trail miles. Started in San Bernardino off of Waterman Ave and rode to the end of trail in Jurupa Valley. There is also a $15 day use fee, which the TrailBear finds rather steep. No access to the trail over there anyway. Some areas of cracks (small) and a few sink holes, but there are miles of good, smooth blacktop. Trikes. At this point, on the west bank, the blacktop soon gives way to a wide, hard, fast equestrian path of (?) What lies around the next bend? Explore the best trails in Santa Ana, California on TrailLink. 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. The next phase of the trail survey is to ground-truth the map findings and get the GPS coordinates for those water fountains, parking lots and restrooms. After 20 miles I reached the upper end. TRAILBEAR ON THE LOWER UPPER SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL – Take a Ride on the Wild Side Tired of riding up and down those concrete ditches called rivers in Southern California? Any who, of course this review will not reveal how its used these days (years!). The trail was in good condition. Worst was in the intersection with 22. There are miles of standing waves and rooster tails. About 18 miles. Right – the Riverview Golf Course is in the river channel. Currently both trails have sections closed so you can't ride end to end as of 3/30/18. ), 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. I parked outside the gate as I didn't think I'd be done before they locked it. The master plan will guide future trail development in a consistent, coordinated, and cost-effective manner to establish a regional multi-purpose trail along the Santa Ana River. 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. The adjacent town of Norco is Western-themed and has bridle trails running along the main drag and other streets. These trails have tons of tree cover and wind in and out of the trees and along the hillside. Now it’s looming over you … MT. I will definitely ride this trail again. Let’s see… green cloud, chlorine. Most of the lower river underpasses are high enough that they were well above water level. If only the plumbing worked. Stop and enjoy the creeks, then bomb down the wide singletrack sections through the trees. 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 10 mile Norco section has steeper hills and bends. Cycling is a great way to get cardiovascular as well as strength training at the same time. For rough riders, the bike path starts at the skirt of the Highland mountains of California in … however, it feels a bit uncomfortable going though a plant nursery & interrupting people’s jobs. Go around to reach the trail. All off-road motor vechicles (ATVs, dunebuggys, dirt bikes, etc.) Friends of the Santa Ana River Trail is a volunteer community group involved in Bicycle safety education, eco-friendly preservation and recreational multi-use of the Santa Ana River Trail system. Screaming descents, perhaps? Fairview Park would be the trailhead, with parking , water, picnic tables under ramadas, restroom, etc. Seen trailheads with better facilities, but it was getting bikie business, including a flock of trikes. This time the TrailBear is bouncing over the wretched freeways and pot holed streets of Riverside, CA, on his way to Fairmount Park. In the far western reaches of Corona (just beyond Yorba Linda), the heretofore continuous trail ends, just south of the Green River Golf Club on Green River Road. Once past the “wastewater treatment plant” (catch a whiff), you enter Pipe Reach. I start from Orangewood and go to the beach and back and that round trip is just a hair over 26 miles. Scenery isn’t much to brag about, having come from Colorado, but at least this section of trail doesn’t parallel a main road. 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. Yes. also, it does smell like horse dropping throughout the way so hopefully you don’t mind. This is the upper end of the survey. It was getting a constant flow of bikies – people in for a pit stop, people staging out of the park. They appear to be west of Jurupa Ave, all the way to Waterman. After riding the lower trail to the beach many times I decided to try the upper trail. We are looking for the owner; likely a bike shop since they appear brand new. SUMMARY OF THE RIDE… Trail bed = 3-5*. It’s a neighborhood park with water, no restrooms. The Big A of Anaheim, as the bike trail passes by it, just south of the 57 Freeway underpass. 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. However, it has a TrailLink page with no reviews, ten photos and a map showing only two parking lots and one trail end. Amazing trail safe place to ride bike in oc. Evocative of the La Paz Bus Station loo. Owner Andrea is very bicycle friendly but tells me she can't advertise near the trail so keep your eyes peeled. <> Climb back up the other side and around the bluff to enter what TB calls the Van Buren Diversion. I really didn’t like it. He had Google Earth up and was busily laying down a track line of the trail while making note of anything on or near the trail that looked like a park or a mall or a public facility. Those domed tanks are trickling filters. TB turns the bike around and head back down the river to Hidden Valley. 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. You can park on the street for access at this point, but there are better spots ahead. Besides, that booth up the entrance road suggests the collection of fees. At 0730? TrailBear is going around it on the river side. Facilities = 2-3*. 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. The paved, 12-foot wide path is popular with walkers, runners, cyclists. What do you do in a downpour? The middle river will revert to a series of ponds and sections of sandy waste. 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. We wind up the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area over by Norco. Great trail, Upper Santa Ana needs its own section. LOWER TRAILHEADS – LE BARD PARK, FAIRVIEW PARK … GE: 33.661206° -117.939355° From the beach you ride 2.2 miles upriver to the bridge at Le Bard Park. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. Are the greens under water? 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. Refer to the TrailLink map for exact locations and directions. somewhere. Bents don't do well in mud. Santa Ana River Trail. A delightful park – with pay parking. It hard to ride in the moorings, but if there were light on the trail, that would be great. are strictly prohibited! I tried this trail a week after riding the Kern river trail and was disappointed with this trail. No restrooms. The Santa Ana River runs clear. The next is anything but. When riding southwest, I took the trail under Lakeview, and then came up to the street where I kept right, followed Lakeview to Riverdale and turned right. RUBIDOUX PARK, 1329’, GE: 33.984386° <> Quite the granite hill. You saw it from miles away. There is a lush riparian community of trees and shrubs running for miles. Failing that, how about a few more benches at scenic overlooks? Where did the rest go? Correction to my last submittal. Maybe you need to ride even more than you think. The trail is shared also by rollerbladers, pedestrians, and just about by anyone else. @@@ I parked in Moon Park by the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa and got on the trail heading up river. This trail was along a golf course. There is a Carl’s Jr. for early riders. Along those 15 miles, I passed by a couple of parks with restroom facilities and at least two porta-potties (which are regularly maintained). Upper trail is about 18 miles one way. There is a new bike trail head and overlook at N33.96103 W117.49522, about 0.2 miles beyond the Nature Center parking lot and the park shops. I was on my own. The nearest sign I saw that said "Bike Route" did not point to the left where this crudely-paved connector actually is. I would recommend using the parking area about a quarter mile inside of the gate though. I'll try it again someday, though, and see if my opinion changes. We head off to check out the other trailhead options, looking for a lot more ambiance. Trailhead Trail Route Santa Ana River MAP IS NOT TO SCALE. Back then it was the sewer plant. Get up to speed and just go. Some logistical info..... GPS addresses: west end - 11401 Arlington Ave. Riverside,CA N33 degrees 57.312' W117degrees 30.904' Elev. It turned out to be the juvi lockup when ground-truthed. There is a group taking a tour. There is a wooden bridge north of the 17th Street/Westminster Avenue exit. It is a joint effort to be built by all three counties. Beyond this is a stretch of embankment running along the trail. A cunning plan – which lasted until he reached the park. May be there – but well concealed. Come on in, check out the trail and see if you can find an entry point close by where you live. (Very poorly, it would seem. The robbers mostly target lone riders, usually between 6PM and 8PM. I'm grateful that this trail is no longer blocked by homeless and their tents. TRAILBEAR TRIES FAIRMOUNT PARK… So, here we go again. The popular trail, currently open in two disconnected segments, links inland neighborhoods, businesses and shopping districts with the beach. I taught my sons to ride on the trail as well. Another mile and there is… THE SANTA ANA RIVER VIADUCT (UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE), GE: N33.96790 W117.43551 <> The rail road crosses the river here at the Anza Narrows on this classic concrete arch bridge. You never have to cross a street. (Huntington Beach) and S. Waterman Ave. (San Bernardino). The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and horses. It rises way up in Santa Ana, with a branch in Costa Mesa. The trail ends just past Yorba Linda Parkway. 4 stars for length and condition of the trail, but only 3 stars for signage and scenery which is a bit dull in the fall! The bad thing is that you are under the sun most of the ride. It becomes the Trailhead du Jour. At this point, one leg of the trail crosses over the river and on to Yorba Park and beyond – and so should you. Bicycle riders, walkers, runners, rollerbladers, you name it and there are people out on the Santa Ana River Trail doing it. THE KATELLA CROSSOVER There are two facilities of note here. There are two items of interest in Yorba Regional Park for the trail rider. The lanes are about 5’ wide with a center stripe. Rubidoux. If you are used to the concrete river rides, this will be a delightful change of pace. The Upper SART is the best I've ridden in SoCal. There was that winter’s day when he could see everything out here. Not the most scenic, but there were zero traffic intersections to negotiate. You can also check out the Body Mass Index and see how your height and weight measure up. That Costco restroom is looking better all the time. Now, that’s a change from the lower river where it was all concrete. 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. 'Bents. On the west end of YPR, off Huxford Lane, is a City of Anaheim park called Yorba Park. If you want to start at the Waterman end, Tifanie (yes...that's how she spells it.) Nice bike path but go during active hours when many bikers and walkers are on the trail. TB has been all over the West since age 10, but this is a new design for him. The other leg dead-ends some miles further on. What will you get next? Now we’re back on the road enjoying a lovely trail with wonderful sights. The diverse urban demographic is still here at late morning. There was only one lane of travel in these areas but the longest one was about 30 feet so no biggie. The trail currently ends at S. Waterman Avenue, shortly after it crosses the San Bernardino city line. There are horsemen horsing. SAPD recovered two bicycles on 02-08-12. The shady lakes must be a delight in summer’s heat, but today the park probably would have baseball diamonds and soccer fields instead. The trail is on the far bank at that point. The trail runs alongside the Riverview Golf Course up to the Garden Grove Freeway. The Upper Santa Ana River Trail starts out at the front entrance at Arlington Ave and runs thru the park. HVWA has both bottom lands down by the river and uplands. In the distance is Mt. TrailBear remembers the days before PC. Across the river, in Costa Mesa, are Fairview Park on the bluff and the Talbert Nature Preserve down below. The TrailBear settled in at Yorba, then headed up river to see the sights. Yorba Regional Park is a county park with a variable entry fee ($3/5/10), lakes, walks, shelters, BBQs and all manner of nice things. Flock of roadies? Lower: 5 stars. SART - START AT THE BEACH… The SART starts on the Huntington Beach side of the Santa Ana River at the mouth. They think they are God's gift to humanity. From there, it was easy to follow, no problems, not much scenery since it was along a cement canal which in October is completely dry. There certainly are restrooms in the various stores. Both have facilities. Great trail to ride to the beach. Not early risers hereabouts. Hopefully they will move back into the river bed as the weather warms. All in all, a nice ride up and down. The Santa Ana River Trail (SART) has three main segments of luscious Mountain Bike Singletrack. 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 ‍♀️ There is on-street parking there, signed for The River Trail. The homeless population mixed with lots of families enjoying a day at the park was interesting. Guesstimate is 6’ or better in height. Ride on! Several miles pass through Anaheim. Alongside Mission Blvd. Very clean and comfortable one. 776 east end - 1672 S Waterman Ave. Riverside, CA N34degrees 04.190' W117degrees 16.745' Elev.965 Pictures available upon request. This takes you under the 60 FWY, behind industry and several other streets. Most of upper riverbed was dry. Put your feet up and enjoy. Dream on, Newport Beach. In the ‘60s she and others stopped the Corps of Engineers from fitting the upper river into a nice concrete channel. They are hard to beat. A few crossings were damp up by the 22 and 5. It would make a great mid-trail staging area but for the two hour parking limit. (Better in winter when the mountains are out.) A former overlook, perhaps. You can move on this trail. The trail goes through mostly industrial zones with very little scenery and only a few neighborhoods….mostly residential or commercial and nowhere to stop for food. There are vistas. It’s an elegant park from the old school. The good news is that on Sunday, February 6th, three of the robbers were caught. Built in 1904, it once held the record as the “largest concrete bridge on earth.” Read about it at: <> That was then. The lower river will revert from roiling flood waters to concrete and the upper river will have water in it, and trees and shrubs and such. You can bike thru it without charge. Ride on! 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). <> He drove in, heard the price and was outtathere in a flash. Wasn't too bad, but I forgot to shift down so I had to push up the immediate steep grade on the other side. I've been living in SoCal for about five months now and have yet to ride any that compare. Pause where the trail meets the unfinished portion of Jurupa Ave. Across Jurupa is Rutland Park. The SART runs on the channel levee for a while, so you have river on one side and flood control channel on the other. He can read a map. Is that water and restroom symbol on Franko’s Map at the Katella Crossover the first trail-side pit stop in seventeen miles, or does it refer to the mall next door. It … Dear Wife began to mutter. Vistas of the dry river are punctuated by the busy train tracks and active industrial properties clustered around the river along this stretch. Continuing into Anaheim, the river and trail turn east. The trail is one of the largest non-motorized social boulevards in the United States. Lower Santa Ana Start from Yorba Linda for the longest, best ride in the county. Don’t count on this on a summer weekend unless you are really early. The trail crosses the river several times. Its highlights include going under a massive arched, concrete train bridge, traveling through horse riding areas and even running next to a Nature Center that is open on Saturdays. 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