Redlands Heritage Trails -
A Redlands Conservancy Project
For walking, biking, and riding ~
For Redlands’ residents and visitors ~
For health, fun, or learning ~
Short or long trails, improved or natural trails, beside creek or river, through hills
streetside or hillside ~
Discover Redlands’ Heritage Trails.
EXISTING APPROVED TRAILS IN REDLANDS:
1. Oak Ridge and Oakmont Trails – Newly-constructed foot and bicycle trail, ap. 3.2 miles long, as part of condition of approval for development of the Oakmont residential development. This trail has not been formally approved by the City; it is, however, open to the public for use. Parking is available at Oakmont Park, at the extreme low end of South Lane off Alta Vista Drive. It offers beautiful vistas of Live Oak Canyon, especially in the springtime. Experienced mountain bikers call this a difficult trail, so proceed with caution. Be especially watchful for rattle snakes from April through October.
2. Teddy’s Trail – Short foot trail, ap. .5 mile long, through historic Hermit’s Canyon, south of Sunset Drive near the high water tower. This trail is a Redlands Conservancy project, and is open to the public. Parking is best along Helen Drive, just south of Sunset Drive. It offers a sweet taste of the quiet canyons and native flora and fauna in the area.
3. Gold Hill/Panorama Point Trail – This trail is part of this system which carries wildlife from Live Oak Canyon to the Crafton Hills area. It is ap. 2.25 miles long, slightly improved dirt surface; safe for walking, but not bicycling. It travels along existing easements. Parking is available along Alta Vista Drive, near the high point, ap. .5 mile north of intersection with Sunset Drive. It travels along power pole lines north toward the mountains. It offers a quiet place to walk and talk.
4. Garden-Mariposa Trail – A 2.5 mile foot and equestrian path along Garden Avenue and Mariposa Drive from Cajon Street southeast along the road past the Redlands Country Club. A few parts south of Prospect Park are on sidewalks. This is an old bridle path, and has been used for decades. Parking is anywhere along the roads. It offers a pleasant and safe place to walk briskly and enjoy the beautiful neighborhoods of south Redlands.
5. Caroline Park Trail – A short 1.0 foot trail around the natural Caroline Park, on the north side of Sunset Drive, about 2 miles east of the cemetery. Parking is available at the park entrance. It offers spectacular views of the San Bernardino Mountains – not to be missed in the winter and spring. It also offers an opportunity to learn about the native plants in the area.
6. San Timoteo Creek Flood Control Trail – Ap. 1.1 miles of improved trail along the north side of San Timoteo Creek, east of the San Timoteo Canyon Road bridge. This trail was acquired as a result of the Army Corps of Engineer project in San Timoteo Creek. Parking is available on the west side of the bridge, and access to the trail goes under the bridge. It offers an excellent place for walking and bicycling, with magnificent views of San Timoteo Canyon to the east and west.
7. Bluffs Trail – .65 mile of improved and unimproved trail along the Santa Ana River Bluff, at the north end of Church Street and Riverview Drive. This trail was acquired partially as a result of conditions of approval for the development of the adjacent residential development. It has good parking along the road. It offers extraordinary viewsheds of the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Andreas Fault.
8. East Valley Corridor Bikeway – 2.1 mile improved trail along Mountain View Avenue north of I-10, and along property lines of newly constructed warehouses. This trail was acquired as a result of conditions of approval for the development of the warehouses in the area. It has good parking along the road and at the cul-de-sac at the north end of California Avenue. It offers a safe and easy bicycle ride with modest views.
9. Orange Blossom Rail Trail – Pieces of the future Orange Blossom Rail Trail have been constructed along the flood control channel between Nevada and Tennessee, and along the flood control channel south of Jennie David Park between New York Street and Texas Street. The pieces of the trail were acquired as a result of conditions of approval for development in the area. Parking is best at Jennie Davis Park. It offers a level, improved place for a brisk power-walk, with potential hazards of crossing major streets (Tennessee and Alabama).
10. Sylvan Park Trail – A short .02 trail along the historic Zanja between University Avenue and High Streets, on the south side of Sylvan Park. Parking is available anywhere for the park. It offers an excellent view of the historic Zanja dug by Native American Indians to bring water to the Redlands ranches in the 1820s.
Redlands has many miles of trails, in addition to the 10 trails listed here. Most of the trails have not been approved by the City. They have been used for more than a century and most are used today, if only by tacit approval of property owners. The Redlands Conservancy in no way encourages the public to use any trails other than the ones that are approved by the City and are promoted in this Redlands Heritage Trails Project.
Redlands Heritage Trails
is a Redlands Conservancy project to connect Redlands’ residents and visitors to Redlands’ amazing open space ~
for health, for fun, for learning.
The Serrano and Cahuilla Indians walked them. The red-tailed hawks soared above them. The white-tailed deer glided over them. The ranchers drove their cattle on them. The bandits escaped capture on them.
The trails of Redlands’ canyons, hills, creeks, and riverbeds have been used for centuries. Many of the trails are still used today by recreational walkers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Many more trails have been created to meander through the rural or urban landscapes.
Redlands’ residents and visitors have more than 15 miles of trails to discover and explore in a variety of settings, with a variety of experiences.
Heritage Trails Alliance Sponsors:
#1: Oakmont and Oakridge: John and Karen Terry
#2: Teddy's Trail: Trimflex General Trim, Bob and Norma Clark
#4: Garden/Panorama Point: Jeff and Judy Godon
Sponsorship Opportunities for businesses, organizations, and/or individuals:
* Printing of maps and brochures
* Design, production, and installation of way-finding and interpretive signs
* Adoption of trails for monitoring and maintenance.
Contact the Redlands Conservancy for more information about
Sponsorship Opportunities for the Heritage Trails Project.
(909) 389-7810; www.redlandsconservancy.org