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This history-filled trail traverses the communities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, and Rialto in Southern California’s Inland Empire metropolitan region. It follows the route of the Pacific Electric Railway, once the largest interurban railway on earth. The railway’s San Bernardino Line, designed around the citrus industry, was completed in 1914.
The rail-trail is open to cyclists, walkers, runners, and equestrians and weaves its way through residential neighborhoods. Be prepared for on-street crossings that, while remarkably well-designed and marked, will add some time to your journey. There are no gaps along this 20-mile trail, so getting lost is not a concern. While some segments are rather utilitarian, others are tree lined, featuring charming plantings and landscaping, especially at crossings—look for the purple blooms of the jacaranda trees in the spring. You may catch a glimpse of mountain views on the horizon, as well as small sculptures and a mural celebrating the corridor’s railroad roots.
The Claremont and Montclair Metrolink stations are close to the start of the trail, providing a direct connection to Los Angeles’s Union Station. Begin your journey at a trailhead at North Claremont Boulevard and Huntington Drive in Upland, just a few blocks from Pomona College. The first trail segment is on a slight hill. Once you cross Euclid Avenue, you will reach Historic Downtown Upland, where you can enjoy popular restaurants, do some shopping, or swing by the Saturday farmers market. Continuing, you will find small plazas with tables, benches, and chessboards at North 8th and North 10th Avenues. A half mile after crossing over Historic Route 66, you will intersect the paved, 2.4-mile Cucamonga Creek Trail. Farther north, past Haven Avenue, the Deer Creek Channel includes a trail that can be accessed here. Just before Milliken Avenue is a fitness court and the impeccably manicured Central Park, followed by Ellena Park at the next intersection.
You will leave the trail via buffered bike lanes at Rochester Avenue. At Etiwanda Avenue, take note of the Etiwanda Pacific Electric Depot, which served passengers until 1941 and freight until 1960. Between Oleander and Cypress Avenues is Cypress Center Park, situated next to Seville Park and Amphitheater. Past Juniper Avenue is the Helen Putnam Historical Plaza, which houses rose gardens and an old-fashioned windmill. You also will find the Art Depot, which served its original purpose as an agricultural freight depot from 1915 to 1961 and now holds classes, exhibits, and programming. Across from the gallery is the last parking area for this trail (there is no parking near the trail’s eastern endpoint in Rialto).
On the next block, enjoy the fountains at the Fontana Lewis Library before passing yet another park. At Mango Avenue is the Fontana Citrus Association building (later renamed the Sunkist Packing Plant, it now functions as a warehouse for the Fontana Unified School District). The trail’s grand finale is a bridge that replicates Venice, Italy’s Rialto Bridge, for which the California city is allegedly named.
Parking is available at the many parks along the route, including Rancho Cucamonga's Central Park, Ellena Park, North Heritage Park, Cypress Center Park, and Seville Park and Amphitheater.
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