Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail

California

Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Riverside
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: Joseph Rd. north of Nicolas Rd. and Ynez Rd. north of Winchester Rd./SR 79
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8190164
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail Reviews

We parked in a taco chain parking lot at corner of Winchester and Ynez. Rode to the end of the trail and back. Trail is nicely paved and wide enough. Did encounter a few other trail users, including a runner that insisted in running against traffic…well Okay then. Really nothing spectacular to report for this trail. Was good for a quick short ride.

This trail is great for novice riders, walkers and I believe you can actually ride horses on it. I took my 9 and 7 year old on a bike ride and it only took an hour or so.

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