Welcome to the Santa Ana River Trail Point of Entry and Points of Interest section, here you'll be able to find an entry point to the trail, near you.
At each of these points, we will tell you the street names closest to that point. We will tell you if there is a restroom, water fountain, or picnic tables. Also if there are any places for food and drink, we will tell you how to get there and how far it is. We will also point out any major interest points, or regional parks that are within a few miles of the trail entry points.
It's claimed by the Counties of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino, that the Santa Ana River Trail will eventually span a completed 110 mile paved trail from the San Bernardino Forest around Big Bear Lake, all the way through the three counties to end at the end of the river at the Pacific Ocean. Currently there are two sections of 15 miles each that have gaps, the first one is from Green River Road at the end of Orange County, to the beginning of the City of Riverside at Hidden Valley Wildlife area. The other is from Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino to the beginning of the National Forest line, just after the City of Mentone.
In Orange County, the trail is paved on at least one side of the river or another. It is 12 feet wide and has a yellow stripe, to divide it into two lanes going north at this point. The trail is shared also by rollerbladers, pedestrians, and just about by anyone else. Most of the trail has another dirt trail on the other side, for horseback riding.
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 is a very level trail with the exception of the part that takes you past Anaheim Hills and Yorba Linda near the end of the trail 30 miles later.
Besides Huntington and Newport Beach the trail also goes through the cities of Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Santa Ana. There are several entry points to get onto the trail, along the trail, there are also several city and regional parks, as the trail winds next to the river.
Once you go through Garden Grove and Orange, you start to see the big "A" in the distance, as you go through Anaheim you'll see Angel Stadium and the Honda Center a little bit after this, the trail starts to head east, then it will take you into Yorba Linda and Anaheim Hills, before it will end at Green River Road in Corona, just after the beginning of Riverside County.
At this point you will have to take city streets to go east, in the direction of the river. We will lead you to a detour, to the beginning of the rest of the river trail in Riverside County. Also at the end of the trail you can head north to Prado Dam, where the trail ends 3 miles later at the 71 Freeway.
In Riverside County, a little more than half of the trail is complete and paved. Coming from Orange County to continue on the Santa Ana River trail, you have to take city streets, to get access to the trail, that leads you to San Bernardino County.
We will tell you step by step, closest to the river for all 15 miles how to get onto the trail, starting at Green River Road in the City of Corona, then going off on some other streets for a mile or so each, until you go through Sixth Street in Norco, and see how Horse City USA looks, then a few miles after that, the trail starts up in the City of Riverside at Hidden Valley Wildlife area.
The completed section consists of 20 miles, which of 12 goes through the City of Riverside to the end of the Riverside County line, as it continues another 8 miles through San Bernardino County. After about six miles the trail starts heading northeast as San Bernardino County nears. For the most part the river is off in the distance and surrounded by trees and all kinds of other growth next to the paved section, but you can see the water flowing at times.
Getting into San Bernardino County, the rest of the trail goes for 8 miles northeast through the Cities of Colton and San Bernardino This section of the river is completely dry, but signs are up, that during big winter storms the river will really be flowing and may become impassable at times. The trail ends at Waterman Avenue in the City of San Bernardino, from there, we will lead you street by street to the San Bernardino National Forest, closest to the river, just as if there were a completed trail to there.
There has been mention the past few years of extending the paved trail through the rest of San Bernardino County Two phases to complete it to the forest, one is a 3.6 mile stretch to Redlands at California Street and the other is to keeping heading east from Redlands to Garnet Street in the City of Mentone for the last 11 miles to the National Forest.
A lot has been said of the Mountains to the Beach trail but, it's been planned to go north to Big Bear Lake, after you reach the National Forest Boundary, but it also has been said that the trail, will be completed to go along the Santa Ana River, but that heads east from the Forest boundary.
They said for that point, the trail, will end at Pacific Crest Trail, which is a mountain trail that stretches, through the National Park and goes toward Palm Springs and then ends at the Mexico border, to the west of Salton Sea, or going the other way on the National trail, you will go though Wrightwood and parts of the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County, and then through Oregon before ending at the Canadian border in Washington State.