Monday, February 20, 2017

The Santa Ana River Trail - Section 6

4.5 Miles to the Beach - Suburbia Park to PCH


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A look back at Suburbia Park as we head toward the beach.


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The trail ahead of us as we leave the park.


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A wooden bridge provides access to the trail at Gisler Avenue in Costa Mesa, on the northern edge of the Mesa Verde Country Club.


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A view of the Mesa Verde Country Club from the bike trail.


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Looking back from a spot as we approach Adams Avenue.


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Looking south from the same spot. Notice that the river now has a sandy bottom.


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A fork in the road. Left is toward the Talbert Nature Preserve and the bike trail on the east side of the river that will take you toward Newport Beach. The right continues on the bike trail toward Huntington Beach.


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A wooden bridge allows access to the Talbert Nature Preserve. The trail on this east side of the river will also take you all the way to the Pacific Coast Highway.


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A rest area in the Nature Preserve as seen from the bike trail.


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The last wooden bridge to cross before arriving at the beach. The beach is now about 2 miles from here.


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As we cross the bridge...


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Looking north from the bridge.


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Looking south we see ocean water in the distance.


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Looking north from Hamilton Avenue, the last underpass.


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Looking south from Hamilton Avenue. There is a liquor store, a gas station and a Carl's Jr. here. The ocean water now fills the riverbed.


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Looking back as we arrive at the Pacific Coast Highway.


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We reach the end of the river trail at PCH.


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The trail as it makes its way under PCH.


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To the north is Huntington Beach and beyond.


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To the south lies Newport and Balboa Beach.


Heading north from the beach on the east side of the river


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This is the entrance to the bike trail that runs along the east side of the river.


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Looking north on the trail with the river to the left of the trail.


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The sign upon entering the Nature Preserve, near the small wooden bridge.


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A closer look at the rest area that is seen from the bike trail.


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Lots of shade and picnic tables in this rest area.