Bike the Pacific Electric Trail in SoCal
Biking the Pacific Electric Trail from downtown Upland to the Claremont Packing House is buzz-worthy in several ways. For starters, it’s good on a hot day because most of this 10-mile out-and-back trip is shaded by trees galore: American elms in particular, and redbuds with their vibrant pink leaves. You’ll also roll right up to a popular spot for some food and artisan coffee.
A good place to start the trail from downtown Upland is off of N. 1st Avenue next to the old building with Roman-style pillars. When you pass through Upland and head into Claremont, the path starts to feel less industrial-city and more country-rustic. The pavement changes from gray cement to dark asphalt with yellow and red shrubs lining the way, and of course, the trees! You’ll really feel the rustic vibes when you cross a wooden bridge, a good marker that you’re almost at the end of the bike path.
The Pacific Electric Trail ends about a mile before the Claremont Packing House but the bike lanes on the streets are clearly marked and give plenty of space. Continue onto E. 1st Street, and on your right you’ll pass by Pomona College’s beautiful campus (well worth a stop and see). Bike straight through downtown Claremont until you see the Claremont Packing House on your left.
The Packing House has loads of food options, and you can’t leave without trying Augie’s Coffee. This small chain of coffee shops originated in Redlands, CA, and has become a staple of Inland Empire coffee lovers. A hot cup of joe (or cold, or iced, or tea if that’s your thing) is just what you need after this good day of cycling!
From the I-10, exit onto Euclid and head north for a half mile. Turn right on E. C St. or E. D St. and find parking in the downtown lots or on the street. The Pacific Electric Trail runs between these two streets. Dog-friendly!
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