Santa Ana River Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Riverside, CA that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Santa Ana River Trail extends from San Bernardino through Orange County. This section goes from Fairmount Park in the City of Riverside to Van Buren Avenue. Well traveled by bicyclists, joggers, and walkers, this section is entirely paved. It is generally well-signed, albeit broken up by the streets around Ryan Bonaminio Park. The route parallels the Santa Ana River Wildlife Area with views of Mt. Rubidoux. It winds through Martha McLean / Anza Narrows Park which marks the area traversed by Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and his party in 1774. From the park, the river channel becomes a large woodland. The trail continues past Van Buren Avenue to Hidden Valley Nature reserve near Norco.
I ran about 2 miles of this trail (each way, out and back) from the southern end of the construction closure in Riverside. At least in this section, the trail is built alongside or on top of a sewer main, and my run was punctuated by regular mouthfuls/lungfuls of sewer gas. For almost a mile just north of Van Buren the trail runs a gauntlet between two high chain link fences protecting a sewage treatment plant on one side and the section of the river that the plant dumps into on the other. I'm hoping another section of the trail is better; I won't be on this one again.
Beautiful day for a walk along the Santa Ana River Trail. The trail will be closed Monday through Friday until 2017 for the 2 miles between Martha McLean Park and Ryan Bonaminio Park but is still open on the weekends all the way from Norco to Colton. Lots of bicyclists, walkers, and dog walkers share the trail. It is paved all the way.
The Santa Ana River Trail is closed between Martha McLean Park and Ryan Bonaminio Park Monday through Friday and is only open all the way through on the weekends. The sections that are open are fine however for walking during the week.