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 – The multi-use 3.2 mile Oakmont Trail system was constructed as a condition of approval for the adjacent development. The excellent, professionally-built natural surface trail climbs on switch-backs up from Oakmont Park to the hills above and takes users to the wild side of Redlands. The trail overlooks the 182 acres of City-owned open space in Live Oak Canyon and the open spaces to the south. Experienced mountain bike riders consider this a difficult trail, so proceed with caution. Be especially watchful for rattle snakes March through October. Park at Oakmont Park, at the juncture of South Lane and Sutherland.
2. Teddy’s Trail – This short foot path is approximately .5 mile long, through historic Hermit's Canyon, south of Sunset Drive near the high water tower. This trail was dedicated to long-time trail advocate, the late Teddy Banta, 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 the system which carries wildlife from Live Oak Canyon to Crafton Hills. Approximately 2.25 miles long, it covers old bridle path easements, a city street, and a developer-built trail along Sunset Drive from Wabash Avenue on the west, east to Valley View Lane where it goes east down a dirt road to the old easement. It is not improved, but is very usable for foot traffic. Parking is best at Panorama Point cul-de-sac.
4. Garden-Mariposa Trail – A 2.5 mile foot and equestrian path, the trail follows along Garden Street and Mariposa Drive from Cajon Street southeast along the road past the Redlands County Club. A few parts south of Prospect Park are on sidewalks. This is an old bridle path, and has been used for more than half a century. 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 – This is a short one-mile foot trail in and 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 learn about the native plants in the area, and to watch for winter-visiting birds.
6. San Timoteo Creek Flood Control Trail – This four-mile natural surface multi-use loop trail takes users deep into Redlands' wildest place, the San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary. Follow the Cocomaricopa Trail along the creek; regional Native Americans used the trail for perhaps a millennia or two. Return on the historic century-old Carriage Trail built by the Smiley Brothers to take their guests into the canyon for excursions. The trails are improved and usually in very good condition. This is a remarkable, only-in-Redlands set of trails for everyone to enjoy. Parking is best on Alessandro Road, between the road and the sanctuary fence.
Please note the County Flood Control District prohibits use of the flood control access road at San Timoteo Canyon Road.
7. Bluffs Trail – Just .65 mile long, this trail with improved and unimproved segments follows the bluff over the Santa Ana River wash at the north end of Church Street at Riverview Drive. It has good parking along the road, and offers extraordinary viewsheds of the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Andreas Fault.
8. East Valley Corridor Bikeway – The 2.1 mile improved trail goes north on Mountain View Avenue north of Interstate 10 and along property lines of newly constructed warehouses. It was acquired as a result of conditions of approval for the warehouse development and offers lovely views of the Santa Ana River wash and mountains beyond while letting users enjoy a surprisingly quiet time. Park at the north end of California.
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 Davis Park between New York Street and Texas Street. It offers a level, improved place for a brisk walk with the potential hazard of crossing major streets. Parking is good at Jennie Davis Park on New York Street.
10. Sylvan Park Trail –Sylvan Park Trail - It's just a short .2 mile of improved trail along the historic Mill Creek Zanja between University Avenue and High Street, but it's charming and gives walkers a sense of tranquility. Planned to be incorporated into the future Zanja Trail and Greenway Park, the trail offers an up-close view of the Zanja dug by Native Americans to bring water to their villages in 1819. Park at Sylvan Park.
11. The Terrace Park Trail – If you want to be near the original heart of Redlands, walk the half-mile Terrace Park Trail between Sixth Street and Church Street. It is Redlands Historic Resource #115 and the neat, well-landscaped urban trail offers users a pleasant respite from the noise of the city. Park along Terrace Road, south of the trail.
12. Creekside Trail – Offering views of San Timoteo Canyon from the mouth to San Jacinto Peak, Creekside Trail takes hikers and bicyclists high on a hill, one mile from Creekside Road. Accessible from Alessandro Road, the trail was built on city-owned land following a donation from the Imbriani Family of Redlands. It is a special gift to Redlanders who like to use it all year long. Park anywhere along Creekside Road.
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