You have your gear and your bike ready to go. Sometimes, getting ready is the easy part. Finding fun, low traffic, and challenging bike paths is harder. We’ve compiled a list of seven of the best bike-enthusiast frequented trails, roads, and loops in San Bernardino. Always remember to use safe biking practices while driving in and around vehicle traffic in order to avoid potential bicycle accidents.
The top 7 best places to bike in San Bernardino county are:
#1. Santa Ana River Trail
Bike part or all of this 50.3-mile trail through Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. The path of the Santa Ana River Trail is paved and routinely receives great online reviews for its accessibility, points of interest, and multiple access points. Depending on where you start, you may need to travel to the trail to bike it, but the trail makes for a great weekend activity with friends or on your own.
#2. Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail
The 18.1-mile trail winds through San Bernardino and offers riders paved and crushed stone surfaces. Some riders on the Pacific Electric IE Trail take the path on their commute into work, while others prefer to use it for recreation. Along the wide path, you might encounter runners or a horseback rider. Stop at Claremont for shopping and a bite to eat. Eventually, the trail will extend 21 miles from Rialto to Claremont and connect to several other pathways including the Santa Ana River trial.
#3. Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail
The 18.1-mile trail winds through San Bernardino and offers riders paved and crushed stone surfaces. Some riders on the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trial take the path on their commute into work, while others prefer to use it for recreation. Along the wide path, you might encounter runners or a horseback rider. Stop in Claremont for shopping and a bite to eat. Eventually, the trail will extend 21 miles from Rialto to Claremont and connect to several other pathways including the Santa Ana River trial.
#4. Silverwood Lake Bike Path
Anyone who enjoys mountain biking should find this 12.5-mile path near Silverwood Lake. With an elevation gain of 3,400 feet and a skill level rating of easy, anyone can use this path for a weekend joyride or to train for some harder paths in the area. As a bonus, riders can stop at the lakeside and watch boaters, windsurfers, and other water sports enthusiasts.
#5. Gray’s Peak
Another mountain biking path, the 2.2-mile trail of Gray’s Peak will take you to a great overlook. If you’re searching for a more rigorous ride, take the Hanna Flats and other connecting paths to extend the ride and thoroughly enjoy the national forest.
#6. Orange Blossom Trail
The 7.5-mile trail runs through Redlands and down to the Santa Ana River. The relatively new Orange Blossom Trail offers mixed use functionality through several neighborhoods and commercial areas.
#7. Colton Rail Trail
For a short ride through San Bernardino, try this paved rail-trail that runs 1.9 miles along North Colton Avenue and down South Inland Center Drive. The path connects the communities of San Bernardino and Colton. Use the path on your way to the Santa Ana River Trail or the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail for a longer ride.
San Bernardino offers residents many mixed-use trails, and these only represent a fraction of the bicycle friendly areas you may want to ride. Many of the streets feature bike lanes, and neighborhoods add new bike lanes every year.
To make the most of your recreational ride or commute, try using your Google Maps app on a smartphone to map out your bike path before heading out. The application features specialized directions designed with bicyclists in mind. Jump between local trails and find the most bike-friendly paths in San Bernardino using the free app on your favorite mobile device.
Stay safe and wear appropriate safety gear, especially if you plan to ride on roadways. If you do use an application to map your ride, find directions, or listen to music, use a hands-free option. Stop if you need to change your settings, and keep music levels low enough so you can hear traffic around you. Bicycling is a fun, environmentally friendly, and economical mode of transportation. Try out these mixed-use trails and mountain biking trails to mix up your daily ride and get more out of your bicycling experience. Happy and safe riding from your San Bernardino Accident Attorney team at Estey & Bomberger, LLP!