- A very unique element of the Santa Ana River Trail is its great diversity. The trail has its origins in the San Bernardino National Forest in the Heart Bar Ranch area. The Santa Ana River Trail begins at the Pacific Crest Trail at 8,600 feet near Coon Creek Jumpoff. From there the trail crosses approximately 33 miles of National Forest around Morton Peak to the Mill Creek - Santa Ana River confluence north of Redlands in the valley floor. The trail then extends along the southern edge of the wide boulder-strewn Santa Ana Wash area and into San Bernardino. Then the trail enters an urbanized reach from San Bernardino to Riverside. At Rancho Jurupa Regional Park, the trail enters a riparian woodland corridor all the way to Prado Dam in Corona. From there the trail extends through the Santa Ana Canyon area and into the very urbanized coastal plain to Orange County. Its ultimate destination is the Pacific Ocean, a total of 110 miles and 8,600 feet of elevation change.
Orange County: The majority of the Orange County paved bike path is complete and is reported to have upwards of 6,000 daily users.
Riverside County: In the last 15 years (1986-2001), Riverside County has constructed over eight miles of the Class I Bike Path. A Master Agreement was executed with the City of Riverside to jointly develop the bike path within city limits. By 2005, approximately 3.95 miles of Class I Bike Path will be added. Long-term developed of the bike path to the Riverside-Orange County line includes approximately 12 miles of Class 1 Bike Path. (Total length of the bikeway within Riverside County, from the San Bernardino County line to the Orange County line is approximately 24.2 miles, including the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, and the Cities of Riverside, Norco, and Corona.)
San Bernardino County: Eighteen miles of the 110-mile Santa Ana River Trail are under the jurisdiction of San Bernardino County (from the Riverside / San Bernardino County line to the National Forest boundary). Open is a 2-mile paved trail on the existing flood control maintenance road. The Regional Parks Division is currently working on three phases of development for the trail / parkway: PHASE I - R/SB County line to La Cadena Drive (3.3 miles); PHASE II - La Cadena Drive to Waterman Avenue (3.5 miles); and, PHASE III - Waterman Avenue to Alabama Street (4.5 miles). The remaining seven miles of the project will be addressed with future funding sources.
The trail and open space system, linked by approximately 32 feeder trails, is the "Interstate" of trail system in the three county area - the backbone of the system. The general public bicycle, horseback ride, and hike the corridor.
The river corridor covers three counties from the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, some 110 miles long. The Santa Ana River Trail begins at the Pacific Crest Trail at 8,600 feet near Coon Creek Jumpoff. There are approximately 32 feeder trails.
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