Not a bad way to spend a couple of days (we rode it both ways). Last week while I was commuting to the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station I saw a Pin-Tailed Whydah fluttering about. Explore the best trails in Santa Ana, California on TrailLink. Rode to beach twice last week from Orange! Lower Santa Ana Start from Yorba Linda for the longest, best ride in the county. No restrooms. There is a group taking a tour. Upper: 3 stars. Come on in, check out the trail and see if you can find an entry point close by where you live. The SART runs on the channel levee for a while, so you have river on one side and flood control channel on the other. Today was a bright sunshiney day. Free is more his speed. On the second visit – a grey morning – one soul was there trying to try clothing on the fence railings. RUBIDOUX PARK, 1329’, GE: 33.984386° < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rubidoux> Quite the granite hill. Just a bench? 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. No doors = 2*, no matter how clean. There is parking and water and restrooms here at the adjacent Huntington State Beach. Won’t use the upper trail again. at the Quality Inn said it's fine. Santa Ana River Trail, Santa Ana, Santa Ana. and a nice restroom and water at the Orange St. beach access sign at GE: 33.628114° -117.952813°. There is one on each corner, so you have choices and lots of services available. The Santa Ana River Bike Trail begins on the north side of the river, at the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach and there are 2 entrances: 1 on the East side of Pacific Coast Highway, 1 on the beach side. Then you don't have to hump it up a steep grade after riding 40 miles...sheesh! That was it for the day. The bike people are rude. 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. There is also a $15 day use fee, which the TrailBear finds rather steep. Ride on! All in all, it was a good, long ride with nicely paved path for the most part. HVWA has both bottom lands down by the river and uplands. 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. 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! SUMMARY OF THE RIDE… Trail bed = 3-5*. Trail condition are good, path is well maintained. 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. It was my first time riding. The trail is smooth and the scenery delightful. Hopefully they will move back into the river bed as the weather warms. 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. There is a section of dirt path for a quarter mile between the Hidden Valley Nature Center and the trailhead. Alas, there is a locked gate, so no go. I think people need to learn to share the tail. 85 likes. I will not be taking this trail again. I went out on the trail yesterday starting in the City of Orange. Amazing trail safe place to ride bike in oc. I'll try it again someday, though, and see if my opinion changes. The Santa Ana River Trail is a 12-foot wide path following the Santa Ana River, a waterway that is cement-lined through much of Orange County but free flowing in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. 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. Here it is – the bark park. No more golf course. No restrooms, however. Besides, the few pix on the page suggested an interesting ride and good pavement. As a regular- 2-3 times a week rider- over the past ten years I am happy to note that money from a 2002 bond issue is being used to make enhancements such as better maintenenace of the trails and landscaping. Ride on! On my mountain bike, with saddle #4, I really want the ride to be OVER by 20 miles. From my turnaround spot, I could see the Honda Center and Angel Stadium in the distance (maybe a couple of miles away?) Garden Grove appears to be one of the only easy spots with access to food. (Better in winter when the mountains are out.) Pause where the trail meets the unfinished portion of Jurupa Ave. Across Jurupa is Rutland Park. TrailBear remembers the days before PC. A delightful park – with pay parking. No one mentioned in these reviews the dozens of homeless encampments under the freeways, especially under the 5. However, there are none of the channel works that go with a settling ground. There is also free curbside parking. The trail runs alongside the Riverview Golf Course up to the Garden Grove Freeway. The rest of the ride is alongside the Riverside Freeway and ends at Green River Road. Talbert (GE: 33.664916° -117.943935°) is more the bike-in pit stop, with water, a restroom, a picnic grove and horse facilities. He fell on it like a pig on a pot roast.) It becomes the Trailhead du Jour. I will definitely ride this trail again. (Very poorly, it would seem. No matter. Its long enough - beach to the mountains... although I only did a 20 mile trek. Also, known as the Santa Ana River Bikeway, Santa Ana Bicycle Path and SART. It does have more parking and a larger restroom. They would like a check for $4 dropped in the Iron Ranger on the honor system. Guesstimate is 6’ or better in height. It seemed kind of dirty. The parking lot at LaCadena has rest rooms and parking but I've noticed broken glass from breaking so be careful. 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. Where did the rest go? 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 TB did. I parked outside the gate as I didn't think I'd be done before they locked it. We didn’t because there was no indication that we should and the paved trail continued on …for about a mile and then dead-ended. Rain was coming. The benches beneath the trees along Lake Evans are a great place to relax. The good part of the trail is that long and unobstructed. The Golf Course and Prado Dam will have to wait for another day. Trail riders are concerned about The Three Ps – where to park; where to pedal; where to piddle. The Santa Ana River Trail is fully paved and as no cars as cross traffic to engage when you are on the completed trail. No matter; pedal harder. Must be the Breakfast Club at Fairmount. I really like this trail. Screaming descents, perhaps? That Costco restroom is looking better all the time. The Santa Ana River Trail (SART) is a multi-use trail complex that runs alongside the Santa Ana River in southern California. In the distance is Mt. Bents don't do well in mud. There was that winter’s day when he could see everything out here. In the ‘60s she and others stopped the Corps of Engineers from fitting the upper river into a nice concrete channel. Mom, pop and the kids. Some great meadows down on the southern end of the hill. Some logistical info..... GPS addresses: west end - 11401 Arlington Ave. Riverside,CA N33 degrees 57.312' W117degrees 30.904' Elev. If they are ever under water you have more serious issues than getting a dry ride. The trail itself becomes slightly hillier here—a challenge for those coming all the way from Huntington Beach. 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. In 1977, the bike path was designated a National Recreation Trail. TRAILBEAR TRIES FAIRMOUNT PARK… So, here we go again. Fairview Park would be the trailhead, with parking , water, picnic tables under ramadas, restroom, etc. There is a lot of construction in the area right now. Go around to reach the trail. The Upper SART is the best I've ridden in SoCal. In fact, you can see a side trail leading to their back parking lot. What is it? 12/24/2010 We have had a week of non stop rain that got us noticed by the eastern new orgs. I went to Moon Park and it was clear all the way. The Santa Ana River Trail spans over 120 miles through Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. After riding the lower trail to the beach many times I decided to try the upper trail. The bike path passes under lots of bridges, which are freeways/roads, railroads, and sewage pipelines. Worst was in the intersection with 22. This is the southern half of the Santa Ana River Bikeway – the longest and best off-road cycling route in the Los Angeles area. 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. From Hidden Valley, the trail continues east through both industrial and residential sections of Riverside, with scenic views of the Santa Ana River never far away. On the trike, this is not an issue. Flock of roadies? HIDDEN VALLEY WILDLIFE AREA, 705’ Elevation, GE: N33.96170 W117.49856 You have to like Hidden Valley. Lunch is at the other end. 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 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. You open the gate into an enclosure. I use this trail quite frequently. As expected, the breeze is on the make, coming up the river. There are people about. The SART map is lacking the icons for any of these things, but they must be out there. 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. There were my smiling cyclist on the trail. View maps, videos, photos, and reviews of Santa Ana River Trail bike trail in Angelus Oaks. 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