Santa Ana River Trail

San Bernardino National Forest, California 92223

Elevation Gain1,866ft
Trailhead Elevation4,959ft
Elevation Min/Max4922/5714ft
Elevation Start/End4959/4959ft

Santa Ana River Trail

Santa Ana River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within San Bernardino National Forest. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 4,959 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,866 feet.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Santa Ana River Trail Reviews

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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.
The crossing at Forsee Creek was quite exciting. Farther on a part of the trail has disintegrated through a marsh with just a barely discernable path, but other than that this was a nice trail. Portions of the downhill return path through the forest under the overhanging oaks were very nice. Make sure to bring your bug spray because the gnats were very annoying mid-summer.
Not a very technical ride however it's a very fast descent with several killer switch backs and a gradual climb back on a dirt fire road.

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San Bernardino National Forest
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San Bernardino National Forest
San Gorgonio Wilderness
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Jul 2018