Santa Ana River Trail - Eastern Portion is a 18.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Went yesterday and it was very nice. The flowers, squirrels, and hawks were awesome. There were four of us with one who is not in good shape, but she did pretty well. However, on the way back she had to push bike at times because she was fatigued. The only negative was that I had the feeling that parts of the trail were used by homeless people and some drug addicts. I would not allow my daughter to ride this trail alone. Overall, beautiful scenery and nice ride.
The Eastern most part of the Santa Ana River Trail is quite nice. Most of the trail is in good shape (a little "slopy/shelfy", but quite nice for dry forest area). It was not affected by the recent fires. The beginning and ending of my track correspond to parking areas on either Glass Road or Hwy 38. I would say this part is more consistently pretty verses Glass Road to Angelus Oaks, though the whole thing is worth while. Lots of bikers love this trail. I'm a hiker.
Love this trail. great scenery with different types of tracks. nice climbs and descents.
Great trail for cyclist beginners to your more avid cyclist. Safest place to be for base miles. No cars to hit you. There can be some homeless people living in the overpasses. But they won't bother you. Usually in Anaheim to Santa Ana. Good head wind close to the beach for resistance training.
Great trail for those who like a flat topo to ride on. It's approx 70 miles round trip from end to end (Corona to Huntington Beach). If you want base miles without worrying about being hit by a car on the street this is what you're looking for. Gets a little crowded on Weekends. Also try to ride with a buddy there have been reports of bike jacking on the trail but I believe they caught someone. Still be aware if you have a funny felling of someone stay away of pull out a knife. I have had no problems and have ridden this trail over 1000 miles. Good strong headwinds and tailwinds just depends on what way you're headed
There are numerous different sections of this trail which can be done as loops or out and backs. The sections can be combined for longer rides. If you are new to the area, park at the turnout 1/4 mile past 7 Oaks restaurant on Rt.38. Ride down Middle Control fire road. About 2/3 of the way down there will be an entry point on your right. You can enter here and do a single track out and back. The trail will cross three creeks. The trail exits at Glass Rd. Across Glass Road is another long section of single track which starts (ends) across the street from the South Fork campground.
For a nice 3 to 4 hour loop, park at turnout. Ride down Middle Control all the way to the bottom. It becomes paved and is 7 Oaks Road. Stay on 7 Oaks Road. After several miles it will fork. 7 Oaks road to the left, Glass Road to the right. Stay on 7 Oaks Road and it turns to a dirt fire road for a beautiful ride that runs along the creek. It will lead up to Rt.38 where the single track begins. It will be well marked with an info. board. Ride the single track which will exit at Glass rd. Cross Glass road and ride another section which will exit at Middle Control. Ride back up to car. This ride has at least 1 hour of straight single track riding through the mountains.
Another option is to ride over to the restaurant/post office and take the fire road back there. There will be a marked entry point by a bench and big rock. Drop down. At the bottom you can go left to find other unmarked entry points for future reference, but the ride is to your right. Enjoy the single track and you will exit out about 1/3 of the way down Middle Control Road. Either ride up fire rd. to car or ride down to combine single track section mentioned above.
Warning: There are a few points in the trail where even though it can be ridden, it's a long way down so you might want to hike a bike.