Sugar Pine Trail

California

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Sugar Pine Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Fresno
Length: 4 miles
Trail end points: E. Nees Ave. under Yosemite Freeway/SR 41 and Clovis Old Town Trail at N. Willow Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8558915

Sugar Pine Trail Description

Community support has been integral to the creation of the Sugar Pine Trail and Clovis Old Town Trail, two adjoining rail-trails that link the communities of Fresno and Clovis. Joggers, cyclists, businesses and multiple environmental organizations all came together to support the rail-trails, which connect many existing area resources, including shops, restaurants and parks. Through tree planting efforts organized by the Coalition for Community Trails, about 4,400 trees planted along the trails offer users shade and beautiful scenery.

The Sugar Pine Trail begins on Nees Avenue under Yosemite Freeway (State Route 41), near the Shops at River Park, a large mall complex. The trailhead is under the overpass and is equipped with benches and a drinking fountain. There is ample parking and a wide choice of eateries at the mall across the street.

Continuing northeast, the trail parallels Cole Avenue and Shepherd Avenue through residential parts of northern Fresno on a wide and spacious corridor bordered by mature trees. Underpasses carry the trail through busy intersections. Additional restaurants and stores are within walking distance of the trail along Shepherd Avenue.

At Willow Avenue, the trail turns south, eventually meeting the Clovis Old Town Trail between Teague Avenue and Nees Avenue. Take that trail to continue southeast into Clovis, and you will be afforded convenient access to the community's historic downtown and rodeo grounds. There's also a trail segment that travels north along Willow Avenue, passing Clovis Community College and Clovis High before ending at Copper Avenue. Work is underway on a connection to the Copper Avenue Trail.

 

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the northern trailhead in Fresno, from State Route 41, take Exit 135 (Friant Road/Blackstone Avenue). Go south on Friant/Blackstone 0.5 mile and turn left on Nees Avenue. The trailhead is on the left under the freeway overpass. There is no parking at the trailhead, but you will find ample parking at the Shops at River Park, on your right.

Sugar Pine Trail Reviews

Busy Intersections

Location: Fresno, CA
Parking: Shopping Center (Yosemite Freeway & Friant Rd)
Trail Condition: Excellent wide asphalt pathway. Well maintained.
Signage: Trail is easy to follow without signage, follow white stripe down middle of trail.
Comments: Going West to East the first portion of trail is a nice ride with a couple of underpasses and only one intersection to navigate. There is a gated section in this first portion that is closed at night. This section is a wide old railroad bed with housing on each side and now a bunch of trees along the trail. Nice and quiet section. Once passed this gated area the trail parallels a main street with a number of major intersections, which is a significant detractor. In fact, we didn’t finish the trail after growing tired of navigating the intersections. A few walkers and bikers were encountered on trail. It is evident this trail is a rail-to-trail project. The greenway is very wide, flat and mostly straight. Without the many busy intersections to cross this would be a fine rails-to-trails trail.

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