Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Santa Ana River Trail in California: a trail for all seasons

When you're getting sick of the cold weather in your neck of the woods, it's time to head to southern California for a bike ride on the Santa Ana River Trail.

the Santa Ana River Trail
Oh sure, you may visit Disneyland, Hollywood, and the beaches. But while you're in the Los Angeles area, you've got to try out some of the great bike trails. For starters, you can bike on the beach on the Huntington Beach Trail that starts in Newport Beach, California. While you're on it, you'll see a trail junction that heads eastward. That is the junction for the Santa Ana River Trail.

The 26 (and growing) mile trail is a great way to see two professional sports stadiums, three California communities, and more flowers than you can shake a stick at. And if you're feeling adventurous, rent a fun set of wheels for a change. Don't feel bound to your usual road or mountain bike. Try a cruiser bike, or a tandem, or a 3GStepper, or ....

All of these options are available at rental shops in Newport Beach. And since the trail is smooth concrete/asphalt and fairly level, now would be a good time to experiment with your blood powered transportation.

For more information about the trail, check out the Santa Ana River Trail guide on Everytrail.com. You'll love the trail and download the guide. Preferably not in that order though.

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3 comments:

stevegpta said...

Looks like a fun trail. I used to live in San Diego and their was a conspicuous lack of trails in that area. LA looks like it does a little better.

trailsnet said...

Good to hear from you, Steve.

Yes, LA is really pushing the trails, and they get a lot of use. Most of the trail growth seems to be happening in Orange County.

There's another 21 mile beach trail that I should have done while I was there. I'm kicking myself for not riding it. I guess now I have an excuse to go back.

stevegpta said...

Looks like a fun trail. I used to live in San Diego and their was a conspicuous lack of trails in that area. LA looks like it does a little better.