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August 04, 2005

Park and trail extention in works for Redlands Ca.?

As most cyclists in Southern California know the Santa Ana River Bike Trail is complete from Huntington Beach to the Riverside County line in Corona.

Apparently the Riverside County portion is done in some sections, and under construction in others, according to a news story I discovered today.

This ties in nicely with a plan under consideration for a Regional Park in Redlands, and the completion of the River Trail:

The dry, rocky wash area north of Redlands is not exactly a magnet for recreation, but for some open space advocates, the Santa Ana River Wash is the perfect setting for a 6,000-acre park along the Santa Ana Regional Trail. The park has the potential to be a "Central Park for the East Valley," Council Member Jon Harrison said during a presentation on the project Tuesday.

The park could be a regional destination and a stopover for bikers and hikers on the Santa Ana Regional Trail, which would run 170 miles from coast to crest. The trail is complete in Orange and Riverside counties and is done or under construction from the Riverside County line to California Street in Redlands.

Sounds promising.

I received a map of Riverside Trails that indicates a trail exists from Norco thru Riverside, but doesn't indicate what's complete and what's not, and so far the folks I've talked with over the phone, in the city, have no clue about what I'm talking about.

Makes my ability to explore the river trail sort of difficult. :-D

So there was a meeetin' the other day...

A new plan for the project designed by the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona...

is available as an idea piece to get neighboring cities and agencies options to weigh.

Pete Dangermond the original author of the Emerald Necklace concept for Redlands told the City Council Tuesday that the Santa Ana Regional Park has the potential to be one of the key "gems" in the ring of open space and parks.

They want to put in a loop trail for cyclists, and hikers, along with a lake and "points of interest like the historic 1912 bridge at Greenspot [ Rd. ]."

As part of the 6,000 acres, preliminary sketches show more than 4,500 acres of open space, 600 acres of habitat preservation and 1,100 acres of mining operations.

The next step, said Harrison, is discussing the ideas with potential stakeholders like neighboring cities, San Bernardino Associated Government (the San Bernardino County transportation agency) and the Bureau of Land Management.

Okay, sounds doable.

Let's see if they can actually pull it off.

Redlands Daily Facts - Central Park of the East Valley by Andrea Feathers .

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Dear Cycling Dude,
I went to try to find any access points to the Santa Ana River Trail that I could with available parking nearby. One access point I found was off of Mt. Vernon in Colton. The access point that I discovered was adjacent to Mt. Vernon road. What this means is as cars speed at 60 mph down the two lane road I have only two choices to get to this particular access point one walk up a grassy hill or two slide past traffic to get to the access point. Getting grass stains on my shoes is the better choice.
I was wondering if you knew of any other access points in the inland empire area easier to get to, safer, and with public parking.
I'd also like to know if the access point for the same trail in Redlands starts at the very top of California by what I believe is a Big Lots wherehouse. Is the trail connected to the street by a concert paved road or down a ways down a unpaved dirt road?
Thank You,

Posted by: Chris | Apr 28, 2007 1:13:32 PM

Hi there!

As of today you know more than I about the River Trail in Riverside. & San Bernardino County. ;-D

I have been able to get little info in the past from either county about the trail, but am now determined to try again because of a new book recently released.

Go to Barnes and Noble, or online to Amazon, and get a copy of this book:

SANTA ANA RIVER GUIDE: From Crest to Coast - 110 miles along Southern California's Largest River System, by Patrick Mitchell.

ISBN: 0-89997-411-2 $15.95

In a couple of weeks I am going to take my 1st excursion out there to explore the trail, and am keeping your info in mind as something to check out along the way. ;-D

Posted by: Kiril, The Cycling Dude | May 4, 2007 10:06:37 AM

The complete trail starts off of where Van Buren BLVD crosses the Santa Ana River, otherwise known as "the river bottom" out here in Riverside.

Enterance into the trail is much easier if you park your car at Rutland Park head down to Jurupa Ave to the dead end and cross some "prive land" -> DIRT that on one want to claim right now heading east to the trail. When you come up against Van Buren head north and you will see the beggining of the bike trail.

It will first take you past the Riverside water treatment plant, complete with plumes of clorene spewing out into the river that is deemed unsuitable to drink, swim in, or fish in. Though at times you will see hispanic families in there.

going east on the trail you will dip three times and come to Martha Mclean-Anza Narrows Park. Here you can top at a water fountain. This is another entry point to park your car if you want to get on from here.

Further east you will be passing horse owner propperty until you pass a bridge crossing raw sewage.

Past you will past some bee keeper territory. Lots of high shurbs on the sides verses the fenses that were there before. Then you will pass another "waterway" -> more sewage and take a long ride past some more water treatment structure. The path then goes along a tree lined path of Tequest Ave. Just after you pass a fence to keep out non-government traffic the trail makes a right turn north. After several weaves and turns you get to Fairmount Park. This is another point of entry. I can do the ride in an average of about an hour. I am not a spandex wearing bike racer, but I ride my bike on a consistent basis.

Now the trail does keep going east, and I heard that it goes to Forrest Falls from a friend who lives out there. I have not rode the trail much further than Fairmount park though.

Posted by: Joe | Jun 2, 2007 2:46:59 PM

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