Recently, there was talk of a proposed Greenbelt Trail alongside the abandoned Union Pacific right of way in southern Fullerton. An example of what such a trail looks like and how it improves community space can be found on Yorba Linda’s El Cage John Trail.
According to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy TrailLink website, Yorba Linda’s longest multipurpose trail, the El Cajon Pathway, was “buried after it became unusable due to floods.” According to Merriam-Webster.com, the trail’s name “El Cahon” refers to “a Spanish and Spanish-American construction method where the walls are made of mud pushed into a narrow box-like frame and harden.” .. According to TrailLink, this makes sense as a trail that “passes through a former abandoned irrigation canal”.
On wide trails paved next to horseback and jogging trails, pedestrians, cyclists, jogging and dog pedestrians living in the surrounding area have an open green area almost in the middle of the suburbs, similar homes. Are crowded.
According to the Yorba Linda City website, Yorba Linda has more than 100 miles of trails and is “tuned for use by hikers, bikers and horseback riding.” Recreational facilities. “Yorba Linda has about 30 miles of horse trails and 47 miles of pedestrian and biking trails.
Starting at Bastanture Road, turning a corner and west of Rose Drive, the El Cajon Trail winds between the houses and continues through the city until it ends at Kellogg Drive and Mountain Viewer Venue. We parked at the Yobarinda Community Center, halfway between the two different parts of the aisle, and started hiking on foot to the entrance to the Bastanchury trail. The brown triangle sign on the trailhead used the iconography to explain that cyclists, pedestrians, and riders need to give in to each other. While on the trail, I encountered only a few bikers and dogwalkers. It was big enough for me to move and not touch anyone.
Deciduous trees were beginning to turn red along the wide open soil on the left side of the paved path. At the first crossroads on North Rose Drive, “Pet excrement infects the disease. Tie up and clean up after your pet. Keep this area clean.” Mostly pets along the trail. Owners and pedestrians appeared to follow these rules. There were also highlight mile marker signs along the El Cajon Trail, including the Yorba Linda Community Center, Richard Nixon’s Presidential Library and Museum, and the Philip S. Paxton Riding Center, which occasionally hosts competitive horse shows.
As I walked along the El Cajon Trail, I noticed that some small private farms were mixed with the surrounding homes. On one farm, fans were built into the fence to keep the livestock cool during the warmer months. When I passed by, a horse was poking his head over a white fence, protecting his ears, keeping them warm, and protecting them from the cool morning air. Another farm adjacent to the trail had a sign warning trail users not to feed animals. Further down the sidewalk, on the farm, I saw the silhouette of a windmill towering over the houses in the neighborhood. It was cast in the shadows, next to two barns, each with its own fence to keep the animals on the premises.
I happened to be hiking on a dry and windy day in mid-November. The Santa Ana style was particularly intense, sometimes blowing sand into my face from the adjacent dirt trail. However, in most cases, trail users seemed to enjoy the smooth paved sidewalks with access to wheelchairs as well as bicycles. As I approached the Yobarinda Community Center, I saw a row of citrus trees next to Magenta’s Bougainvillea. Morning glory grew along fences that provided privacy to neighboring homes and gardens.
At the community center, the El Cajon Trail ran straight along the brick wall adjacent to the edge of the parking lot, with white fences on either side of it. The community center near Harles Burton Park was a good resting place as it was the only area along the trail with toilets and fountains. Heading east from the park, I saw a long flat path adjacent to the Imperial Highway and immediately turned the corner next to a eucalyptus tree and a drought-resistant mass of grass. Around the corner, I crossed a short wooden bridge over the irrigation canal. This was the Standard Pacific Corporation Recreation Trail Bridge donated to the city of Yorba Linda in October 1975.
As I walked down the trail, I noticed a small painting on the bottom of a beige concrete wall. Some wall art included a cat wearing a mask chasing birds and small mice in a doorway that looked like a French village setting. These were clearly drawn during the pandemic. As we moved forward, a towering eucalyptus tree turned a corner, crossed the street, and shaded the winding road behind the Richard Nixon Library. Overgrown fences behind thick trees covered most of the museum’s garden. However, the wings of the president’s helicopter were visible on the fence. Strict guards wearing sunglasses were guarding the helicopter. Slowly behind the helicopter, I heard the tour guide talking. Behind the museum was another guard, where the vault was stored.
The El Cajon Trail continues east and passes by a horse riding center where more horses can be seen. Eventually it ended around Kellogg Drive. From the trail, we had an interesting view of cacti, drought-resistant plants growing in people’s backyards, and livestock. The wide open trail had a lot to offer. If a paved Greenway path could exist along these abandoned irrigation canals in the Yorba Linda area, South Fullerton should also be one along its abandoned Union Pacific Railroad.
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