Monday, February 20, 2017

The Santa Ana River Trail - Section 2

South of Gypsum Canyon through Featherly Regional Park


Santa Ana River Trail

This is the trail when you come off of the bridge, looking toward our direction of travel. This section of the trail has La Palma Avenue next to it the whole way.


Santa Ana River Trail

There is a crosswalk into a small shopping mall here. There is a Fantasy Cafe and Burgers restaurant, a public phone and other places to eat.


Santa Ana River Trail

Looking east out onto the wilderness area with the freeway in view. Birds of prey can be spotted from here.


Santa Ana River Trail

Here is another place to stop and rest. There are hiking trails to explore the area.


Santa Ana River Trail

Wildflowers are abundant throughout the bike trail. La Palma can be seen on the right.


Santa Ana River Trail

The river is wild and natural along this section.


Santa Ana River Trail

Looking back from the direction we came from.


Santa Ana River Trail

This is another look back. This spot is at the edge of a long curve in the bike trail, next to a car wash.


Santa Ana River Trail

Looking northeast into the wilderness from the same spot.


Santa Ana River Trail

The trail continues on La Palma and you pass another burger joint with a public phone in a small mall. I have seen people park their cars in the mall and take the bike trail from there. Here, you ride down the trail.


Santa Ana River Trail

At the bottom is an observation spot and more walking areas along the river.


Santa Ana River Trail

Looking up the trail from the observation area.


Santa Ana River Trail

The trail goes down from here, closer to the riverbed. This spot is located at La Palma Avenue and Yorba Linda Blvd. Cars park along the street and people hop on the trail from this area.


Santa Ana River Trail

Looking up from the trail to La Palma. This minor hill is the last of the hills as we head to the beach.


Santa Ana River Trail

Looking south from the same spot. This is the Weir Canyon/Yorba Linda Blvd underpass. 23 miles to the beach from here.


Santa Ana River Trail

This is the edge of Featherly Park. You can take this path toward the observation spot described earlier. You avoid climbing the hill to La Palma, but you still need to climb up from the observation spot.