Monday, February 20, 2017

The Santa Ana River Trail - Section 1

From the start of the trail at Green River

South of Green River Drive, off of the 91 Freeway, is the Green River Golf Course. The Santa Ana River flows through the golf course, snaking its way down to the ocean from the mountains.


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There is a parking lot along the side of the road just beyond the entrance to the Green River Golf Couse. Do not leave any valuables in the car. Cars get broken into when nobody is around. You may be able to park at the Jack in the Box parking lot near the freeway.


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Here is the entrance to the river trail bike path.


Heading south toward the Pacific Ocean


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The bike trail is newly paved as we ride along the side of the 91 Freeway.


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The trail skirts the east side of the Santa Ana River.


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About a mile down the trail, we climb up small rise. Looking back to our north you can see the trail and the river.


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Looking south toward our traveling direction. The trail will ride close to the 91 Freeway for a few miles.


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A view of some hills on the western side of the river.


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One of many rest stops. This one is at Coal Canyon and part of the Chino Hills State Park.


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Heading south, we ride downhill for a nice distance. This uphill grade can be a challenge on the way up.


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A look back after the downhill portion. We are in the wilderness here.


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Looking south from the same spot. There is plenty of wildlife in this area.


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Looking back as we get closer to the RV campground. The freeway wall is very tall here.


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Looking south, in the direction of our heading.


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A view of the hills and the river to the west.


Featherly Park and the RV Campground


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On the right-hand side of the bike trail, we ride past the RV Park.


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The trail goes under Gypsum Canyon Road. This is Featherly Regional Park.


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There is plenty of shade and a water fountain at this part of the trail. The Park Registration office is here, also.


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Here is a picture of the Canyon RV Park Registration Office. You can get snacks, cold water, Gatorade, soda and ice cream inside the office. There are clean restrooms, a few benches and a picnic table next to the office by the Visitor's Center.


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Looking west, as we ride over the river on Gypsum Canyon.


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This is looking east on the bridge. The bridge is large and provides a view of the river and Featherly Park.


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This is the western side of the Gypsum Canyon bridge. You must cross over the bridge when heading north in order to make it to Green River. If you take the trail under the bridge, you will encounter a dead end after a few miles.