19 01 2012

Santa Ana River Trail
Where is the SART?
SART Parking
through SART #50

f0t0m0m and I took two cars, left one at the northeast end of the trail in Colton, then drove to Riverside and walked the 6 miles back to the first car.

Yes, beauty is where you find it, but sometimes you have to look REALLY hard.

The caches, 50 of them in this section, were mostly down off the bike trail (with the view) and in this gully area by the fences.

The river bed is mostly dry.

This is one of the actually scenic spots.

In the distance to the east, we could still see some snow on the mountains.

Well, it’s a place to sit down, at least, but not so compelling to come for a picnic.

This video shows more of the industrial scenery.

It was a great way to get out and get some exercise in any case!




One response

19 01 2012

This trail has been on our caching to-do list for a while. We lived in Riverside for about 15 years; our younger two girls were born early in our time there. At one point, we live less than a mile from the river, and would occasionally walk to the Rubidoux bridge and then down along the river. Even back then, some 25-30 years ago, there was a lot of talk about setting up a real bike-hike trail, but there was a lot of backlash against it, as well. We left while the debate was still going on, and I actually never expected that the thing would get built. Nice to see that I was wrong, at least in part; the original concept was for a trail more than 25 miles long.

As for the scenery, you picked the wrong year 😉 After a rainy year, the river flows well, and the flowers can be quite nice, plus there should be snow on the mountains, and green grass on Mt. Rubidoux, the hill along the river, south of Mission/Seventh (or whatever they are calling 7th, now). Of course, from your photos, it looks like a lot of the river has been built up with houses, so that detracts from the scenery 😦

In any event your blog gives me an idea of what to expect: thanks 🙂

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