The Pacific Electric Trail is a bike trail that stretches from Claremont to Rialto and generally follows the route of the long defunct Pacific Electric Railway of years past. Although primarily a bike trail, portions of the Pacific Electric Trail feature a walking path adjacent to the bike trail, including the beautiful 1.3-mile section featured here. This part of the trail runs easterly from the Route 66 Trailhead to Hellman Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga.
Distance: 2.7 miles
Duration: 1.0 hour
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
From the 210 freeway in Rancho Cucamonga, exit on Carnelian St and head south. In about 1.8 miles, Carnelian St becomes Vineyard Ave. Continue south for another 0.2 miles to Foothill Blvd and make a right (west). The entrance to the Route 66 Trailhead parking lot is located on your right (north) about 0.3 miles west of Vineyard Ave. This is a nice parking lot with restrooms near the trailhead. You can access the trail via a series of concrete stairs or a well-graded dirt ramp.
The entire walk is located on a well maintained decomposed granite dirt path, located next to the actual bike trail. The walk begins with a short climb up the dirt ramp from the Route 66 Trailhead parking lot, as shown in the photo below. This is a jewel of a short walk and is probably the most pleasant section of the entire Pacific Electric Bike Trail.
Pacific Electric Trail access ramp from the Route 66 parking lot
Although the concrete bike trail is technically open to pedestrians, it is preferable and much more pleasant to walk on the wide and spacious dirt path next to the bike trial. Plus, that helps keep the bike trail open for cyclists, who only have limited amounts of space to ride on.
That said, you will have to walk on the concrete section to cross the narrow bridge over Vineyard Avenue. Remember to give the cyclists the space they need and walk single file between the bike trail edge line and the bridge railing. As you can see in the photo below, there is adequate space to walk across the bridge without encroaching upon the bike trail.
Pacific Electric Trail bridge over Vineyard Ave
Once you cross over the bridge, continue easterly to your destination at Hellman Ave. There is a nice stone concrete area next to the Hellman Avenue sign where you can take a short break before heading back the way you came.
Hellman Ave turnaround point
You could, of course, continue your walk past Hellman Ave to Central Park at Milliken Avenue. But that would be about an 8 mile walk total with several street crossings in between. That’s a much longer walk. Plus, you would use up a tremendous of time at the crosswalks.
If you wanted more length than this section of the Pacific Electric Bike Trail, you could always do the 4 mile Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont. Or just enjoy this nice 2.7-mile section of the Pacific Electric Tail. Regardless of where you choose to walk, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and adequate amounts of water.