Santa Ana River Trail - Eastern Portion

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San Bernardino National Forest

Santa Ana River Trail - Eastern Portion is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 17.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,073 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

mountain biking
6 days ago

Fun trail with great views. Went out about 3 miles and mistakenly thought we found a new path. Ended up carrying the bikes all the way down the mountain to the river to find our way backs. Would not recommend trying what we did.

hiking
7 days ago

Well established,out and back trail, with plenty of scenery. Good father-daughter day. The trail does track the river but you never come in contact with it... River is a couple hundred feet below, but we could hear it the entire walk. Getting my daughter into hiking and this was an excellent trail to test her interest. Advise some caution to those new to hiking as the trail descends the whole way out, so when planning out your distance, please keep in mind the way back will be a bit more effort (at no point would I consider the trail steep or challenging though).

mountain biking
14 days ago

Super fun trail , for intermediate riders. Some parts are easy others technical and scary. Only rode 4 miles and I loved it. You have to try it.

hiking
off trail
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

hiking
blowdown
rocky
washed out
Sat Mar 23 2019

1st time hiking this particular trail and it was quite nice for the exception of some trail damage from the recent storms. Started out at 7am with a temperature of 38 degrees under clear skies. The trailhead parking is just off Hwy 38 and you must walk down the road about 100 yards west to reach the start of the trail crossing a small creek across the road. The trail has very little elevation change in the first couple of miles and is in very good condition, after that there are a number of washed out sections and deadfall between miles 2 and 4 that will be very difficult if you are taking small children. I hiked this trail out and back to Glass road for a total of 13 miles and an overall elevation gain of 1,750 ft.. I had intended to hike this eastbound from Glass rd. but there was a road closure sign at Hwy 38. All said this is a nice trail although you are high above The Santa Ana river you can hear it most of the way.

hiking
Mon Nov 05 2018

Easy trail, going up hill at a moderate rate, beautiful fall weather, the leaves are turning brown, gold, and reddish. A beautiful view of the mountains. Light traffic. Took the doggies and they loved it as well.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Just did a section Labor Day weekend. Nice warm-up trail to whet my growing apatite for hiking and backpacking. Nothing difficult. Not a place for solitude, but not crowded either.

Mon Aug 13 2018

I just hiked the section from Glass Road to Thomas Hunting Grounds. This is a very pretty section of the trail with a lot of diversity. Several pretty stream crossings. Not great for those afraid of heights though because some sections have a steep drop off combined with a narrow trail. Important to note: the trail is severely eroded on either side of Schneider Creek. After feeling unsafe in a couple spots and seeing more up ahead, we ended up traveling down Schneider Creek to Middle Control Road. There was a sign indicating this coming from west but not the east. Best to stay on Middle Control Road for this section, as it closely parallels, until this gets fixed!

Sun Jul 29 2018

We really enjoyed this trail. Good views, not too hard. Peaceful. Feels more secluded that you are in a few spots. Saw signs of mountain lion & some different birds. Trees pretty healthy relative to other parts of SBNF. Did see a mountain bike go off one of the dropoffs and take a tumble so use caution. It stays fairly close to roads & cabins so there is light traffic noise but you can also hear the river & birds.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

The Santa Ana River Trail from Angelus Oaks east to Highway 38 (about 16 miles or so one way) is an extremely nice area. We did an out and back from Middle Control dirt Road (aka Mill Creek Road) heading back West towards Angelus Oaks. Quite scenic. about 30 % of this track is pretty double track, then even prettier single track. The trail follows the side of a North facing steep mountain (down the hill is the huge Seven Oaks/ Santa Ana River canyon that ends at the ocean in Orange County). It is ledgy in a few parts, and you do have to pay attention. The trail narrows in a few place to maybe 8-10 inches with steep slopes on your side. There's bike tracks throughout though. Since this side of the mountain is north-facing, it is quite shady all day. Quite scenic, and becoming one of my favorite areas to hike. Didn't see a sole in the 3 hours we were out.

hiking
Sat Jun 02 2018

Very easy hike with great scenery. Good for family hikes just pay attention for mountain bikers.

Sat Jul 22 2017

mountain biking
Mon May 16 2016

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.

hiking
Sun Jul 26 2015

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.

mountain biking
Fri May 22 2015

Awesome trail

hiking
Tue Apr 30 2013

Love this trail. great scenery with different types of tracks. nice climbs and descents.

road biking
Thu Aug 02 2012

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.

mountain biking
Wed Jul 04 2012

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.

hiking
6 days ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

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