Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Regional Discussions > Southern California
Reload this Page >

Riding at Night: Santa Ana River Trail Orange to HB

Southern California Southern California

Riding at Night: Santa Ana River Trail Orange to HB

Old 01-23-17, 09:16 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Riding at Night: Santa Ana River Trail Orange to HB

I notice others riding at night on the trail. The trails posted hours are to close at 6 PM until March. Is this just a guideline, or do they enforce this?
LetsRoll is offline  
Old 01-24-17, 09:38 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Orange County, California
Posts: 1,251

Bikes: Why yes, I do have a few! Thank you for asking!

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 574 Post(s)
Liked 313 Times in 226 Posts
There are a few entry/exit gates that have regulations posted, and they say 7AM - 7PM. I've been on it at 5AM-5:30AM at times of the year when the first light of dawn starts peaking over the horizon with no issues, and a lot of others are out there at that time, too. I've been on it in the evening after sunset for short stretches and seen quite a few folks using it for workouts or as an off-street transportation route. I don't think I'd regularly ride on it at night due to the low visibility factor and the possibility of having a collision; there's a few areas where gang activity might be a problem, but that's secondary compared to the possibility of a collision. I've never heard of anyone being cited for using it at night.
skidder is offline  
Old 01-26-17, 09:19 AM
Garfield Cat
Senior Member
Garfield Cat's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 6,953

Bikes: Cervelo Prodigy

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 402 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 43 Times in 32 Posts
I pass the SART by car in the morning in Fountain Valley as I pass Costco on Talbert/MacArthur. A few days ago there were fire trucks at the side of SART. Looked like a rescue as I see lots of tents on the SART.

Riding at night? Wow.
Garfield Cat is offline  
Old 01-27-17, 02:35 PM
TrojanHorse's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Whittier, CA
Posts: 13,346

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 147 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1106 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 46 Posts
I used to ride on that trail all the time at night (8 pm ish). Now it's SGRT at night for me, never had a problem with any sort of authorities.

The homeless encampments though, are growing in size and scope. Maybe it's just the recent rains that flushed them out of wherever they had been but the numbers of tents I see are remarkable. I have yet to have an issue with any campers though.
TrojanHorse is offline  
Old 01-27-17, 08:34 PM
Senior Member
HBCruiser1's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: SoCal
Posts: 281

Bikes: 3G Isla Vista Beach Cruiser

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 8 Posts
Last 2 years I've done an all-nighter 200km Audax ride up and down the SART, starting at 7pm and finishing 5am or so. The organizer does it every year. Personally I'd be sketched out to ride it alone, but I know people who do. I think the "curfew" is posted to cover the county in case anything happened. I think they'd lean on the fact that it's closed and you were not supposed to be there.
HBCruiser1 is offline  
Old 03-30-17, 02:25 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 1,050

Bikes: Helium SL DA DI2, Defy Advanced 0 Di2, 6KU Fixie

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There are some of us Metrolink users who rides out from Riverside all the way to... Costa Mesa (4 miles before beach). That starts around 4:20 AM in the morning in Riverside and I've yet to see anything closed...
bored117 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
02-25-18 07:27 PM
07-22-12 06:26 PM
no motor?
07-10-11 01:30 PM
Northern California
03-14-11 11:20 AM
11-03-10 04:17 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.