Inland bicyclists passing me on my sometimes Saturday rides to the beach on the Santa Ana River Trail will from now on have covered a National Recreation Trial before reaching me.
At a Thursday ceremony at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim, Orange County Parks unveiled a National Recreation Trail sign to recognize the portion of the Santa Ana River Trail between Katella Avenue in Orange up into Yorba Linda.
The part of the trail from Katella south to Huntington Beach had won the same national recognition from the Department of the Interior in 1976.
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Besides bikers, the path attracts hikers and equestrians who now have 29 miles of Santa Ana River Trail in Orange County that are a National Recreation Trail. The Orange County Flood Control Division hopes by 2015 to finish the trail from Yorba Linda up to Green River Golf Course at the Riverside County border.
Ultimately, there could be a 110-mile trail from where the Santa Ana River starts in the San Bernardino Mountains to the Surf City shore.
Better keep those brakes maintained!