Santa Ana River Trail

Various • 24.1 mi • 1200 ft

This is the longest singletrack in the forest and it's one of my favorites. You have the option of doing this ride as an out-and-back trip or as four different loops. In fact, since every option is a great ride, consider doing each one during the course of the season. You catch magnificent vistas of the Santa Ana River valley and mountain ranges, cross several streams and cruise through small meadows. You ride through miles of beautiful ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, California black oak and Engleman oak forest. The downhills are fast and exciting while some of the climbs are short and steep but not difficult. Take plenty of food and at least two water bottles for these rides.
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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Big Bear City
Length: 24.1 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to technical
Season: Late spring, summer, fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,200 feet
Local Contacts: San Bernardino National Forest, San Jacinto Ranger District 909-659-2117
Local Maps: USGS Big Bear Lake, Moonridge
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I took this trail today, by reached it on foot from the Greyback trailhead. It was a lovely hike, solitary and filled with forest breezes. As the trail nears Seven Oaks, it becomes very steep and narrow. I saw baby Mt. Quail chicks and a Harris Hawk. This trail can be steep, but quite enchanting. -Maureen L.

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