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The Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail is a 3-mile paved trail that serves as both a recreational amenity and an active transportation alternative for locals looking to get to nearby locations without driving. Such locations include The Promenade In Temecula shopping mall, Chaparral High School and the Rancho Temecula Town Center, all of which are within easy walking distance from the trail.
Beginning at Nakayama Park, the path travels alongside Nicolas Road to Voorburg Park and Nicolas Road Park before branching off from the road towards busy shopping centers. The trail passes under State Route 79 and skirts the retail properties, traveling independent of mall vehicular traffic, so users will have an undisturbed ride or walk. Since just a small barrier of bushes and pavement separates the path from the parking lots, it is easy to hop off at any point to reach your desired destination.
Street parking can be found at the Joseph Road end of the trail near Nakayama Park. If you want to start from Ynez Road, you will need to park at a nearby shopping center. Be sure to obey any posted parking restrictions.
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