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Upper Trail:

The upper portion of the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway is mountainous, resulting in a diversity of recreational activities associated with forested environments. These include skiing, camping, hiking, rock climbing, and fishing. This section of the trail is steep, unpaved and is popular with mountain bicyclists. This portion of  the Trail is maintained and operated by the US Forest Service as part of the San Bernardino National Forest. More information is available from here


Middle Trail:

The middle portion of the Trail is relatively flat and densely urbanized. Activities in these areas include walking, jogging, bicycling, and horseback riding. Activites associated with this urbanized environment include organized team sports played on developed fields. This section of trail is operated and maintained by the San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department, Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District and Orange County Parks.


Lower Trail:

Proximity to the ocean in the lower portions of the Trail is a draw for outdoor recreation in Orange County. The beach provides recreational opportunities found nowhere else in the Santa Ana Watershed. This is the most heavily used portion of the Trail, attracting thousands of users on a weekend.

This section of trail is operated and maintained by OC Parks.


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Walking is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to be physically active. All you need is a good pair of shoes, some comfortable clothes, and a place to walk. Experts agree that all you need is 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity on most days of the week to see health benefits. The Santa Ana River Trail is the perfect place save money, enjoy nature, and maintain healthy body. 

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San Bernardino County: Jim Canaday: jcanaday@parks.sbcounty.gov Riverside County:
Rebecca Chavez:
rrchavez@rivcoparks.org Orange County: Jeff Dickman: jeff.dickman@ocpw.ocgov.com

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