The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail is a great commuter and recreation trail in western San Bernadino valley, with expansive views and connections to community centers and parks. The trail follows the old Pacific Electric Railway, which was known for its red cars. One of its last remaining railway depots along the San Bernardino line is found in Rancho Cucamonga on Etiwanda Avenue, where the avenue intersects the trail.
The segment in Rancho Cucamonga includes a 10-foot-wide, concrete trail for bikes and the same width side path of decomposed granite for running, walking and horseback riding. The segment in Upland is asphalt, and is nicely landscaped, leading through residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors before connecting to Claremont. The attractive village offers shopping and the Claremont Colleges.
Fontana recently completed several new concrete segments that connect to the trail in Rancho Cucamonga. There is a gap between Cherry Avenue and Almeria Avenue in Fontana where the corridor runs through an industrial area; a connection is planned in the future.
When complete, the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail will run 21 miles east-west between Rialto and Claremont. The trail has possibilities for connecting to a massive network of pathways that include the Santa Ana River Trail and San Jose Creek connecting to the San Gabriel River Trail.
Every May, Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail sponsor a fun event to raise money for trail amenities.
The Pacific Electric Trail is accessible from wherever the trail intersects city streets and flood control channels. As of autumn 2011, there are three trailheads where you can park:
Central Park - 11200 Base Line Rd.
Ellena Park - 7139 Kenyon Way
Red Hill Park - 7484 Vineyard Ave.
The Route 66 trailhead is expected to be completed in January 2012 and will be located on the southeast corner of Rt. 66/Foothill Blvd., just east of the bridge. Amenities will include restrooms, picnicking and parking. A trailhead at Etiwanda Depot, where the trail intersects Etiwanda Ave, is in design.