Santa Ana River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This 28.1-mile out-and-back ride's terrain is so conducive to ostensibly technical but actually easy riding that everybody looks good here. Starting just east of the quaint hamlet of Angelus Oaks, the ride drops quickly to the trailhead of the Santa Ana River Trail. From there, you're initially so busy crossing creeks, curving through lodgepole pine groves, and roller-coasting over knolls that you'll hardly have time to notice that you're gradually going uphill. It's not until a third of the way through your route that you notice you've been ascending most of the way. This is also the point where you'll start noticing that this area is home to what must be the largest squirrels ever known. Simply put, this is one of the longest, best singletracks in this or any other region."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Located in the San Bernardino National Forest in the town of Angelus Oaks. Highlights: Awesome singletrack without tons of climbing. The 5.4 miles of singletrack are part of a much longer 11-miles incredible singletrack. Hazards: Narrow trails overlooking cliffs. Lots of bugs."
--Mark Ross & Brad Fine, Mountain Biking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
"The Santa Ana River is fed by snowmelt and alpine springs flowing down from the north face of San Gorgonio and from Big Bear Lake. As the river gathers strength, it carves a deep canyon between San Gorgonio and Big Bear, plunging down to the Seven Oaks Dam before joining with Mill Creek and flowing past Redlands and San Bernardino en route to the sea. The Santa Ana River Trail (2E03) follows the wild upper portion of the river to the point where the river is tamed by the dam. According to the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, this trail will become the top portion of a 110-mile Crest to Coast Trail, which has been under sporadic construction since the 1960s. A paved bikeway will follow the river from Seven Oaks Dam to the sea."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Delaine Fragnoli & Don Douglass, Mountain Biking Southern California's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
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