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Best Rail Trails California
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
While hardly the most scenic trail in this guidebook, the Ventura River Trail is definitely one of the most fascinating. More than any other, this route points up the intriguing and provocative juxtaposition of what the railroads often bring to a community—namely, industry—and what they leave behind when they are abandoned. Surface: Asphalt.
Well laid out, but the early part of the trail in Ventura winds around a lot of industrial sites. Further out, the locations get better. Note that you can connect with another trail to Ojai at Foster Park, basically doubling the length.
Well worth the effort and another example of what can be accomplished where folks are dedicated to creating usable trails.
This was my first trails ride in over 15 yrs and was well worth it. I started down near W. Main St. and Olive. I parked my car in the supermarket parking lot and then rode to the beginning of the trail at Dubbers St (2 minute ride). The ride is about 6 miles to Foster Park from this point. There is a lot of interesting stuff to see that you just don't come across in everyday life. I got off my bike quite a few times to take a closer look at some abandoned warehouses. It gets very loud when riding close to the freeway and kind of spooky when it's dark and you’re alone. Foster Park makes the whole ride worth it and from there you just turn back around and most of it is slightly down hill.
"The Gas Man"
Granted not the most beautiful scenic trail there is, there is much to be said about this trail. The trail swirves into industrial areas to oil rigs, then past residentual and finally the serine Foster park. It's different from others I've been on but is one I'll be riding again and again. Just a plethora to see and take in and regardless of the populated areas, it's all interesting.
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