Alton Avenue Bike Trail

California

Alton Avenue Bike Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Orange
Length: 1.8 miles
Trail end points: S. Susan St. and W. Alton Ave. and S. Orange Ave. and E. Adams St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015209
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Alton Avenue Bike Trail Description

The Alton Avenue Bike Trail runs adjacent to both Alton Avenue and an active railroad line through Santa Ana. The path primarily serves the recreational and commuting needs of local residents, including students at Segerstrom High School and Jim Thorpe Fundamental School—both accessible from the western end of the trail.

At the trail's eastern terminus, cross E. Adams Street to pick up the Pacific Electric Bike Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the trail from Interstate 405 in Santa Ana, take the S. Bristol Street exit. Head north for 1.1 miles on S. Bristol Street to Alton Avenue. You can turn right (east) on Alton Avenue and park along the street, or continue west along Alton Avenue to the S. Susan Street endpoint and start there.

Parking for the trail is limited. On-street parking can be found at both the S. Susan Street and S. Orange Avenue endpoints.

Alton Avenue Bike Trail Reviews

I just found and started using the Alton trail when I commute from Slatern and Newland in HB to my office at the Hutton Centre near Main and Macarthur. its a nice alternative to riding on Segerstrom, especially at night. Between Bristol and Main, the conditions the trail goes thru are a bit edgy but so far it has been safe and the rest is open and very nice.

Starting on the West end of the trail, the first couple of miles are okay but the trail becomes overrun with homeless camps and gang graffiti right where it turns to the North. The only other cyclist I saw for the entire length was a dealer riding from tent to tent making sales.

The Alton Ave Bike Trail is now connected to the Pacific Electric Bicycle Trail.
Several parking spots, off street, west across Susan Street from Trail head. N33.70357 W117.91208 elev 36’. Another access point is just east of Bristol, North side of W. Alton one Handicap and one tight space at N33.703788 W117.884220 elev 30’.South along Bristol you can fine fast food places. . The wide open portion along Alton now passes new housing , the new Segerstrom High School, and Jim Thorpe Elementary School. It has a view of Orange County highest peak, Saddleback in the Santa Ana Mountains.
After crossing Flower St the trail makes a series of 90 degree turns to cross the flood control channel N33.70712 W117.87664 elev 33’. The trail appears to end at Rose St however just go North one block to E Adam and connect with Pacific Electric Bicycle Trail on east side of Rose. Trail is 5 miles long.

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