Anza Narrows

It suddenly occurred to me that the Martha McLean/Anza Narrows Park might have a good view to the north, so I went to the park. The guard at the entrance let me ride in and take a look around.  A short putt to the parking and picnic areas convinced me that I had to go back for the viewpoints near the first parking area. Repeatedly.

Anza Narrows is an area of the Santa Ana River basin where the river meanders generally westward and flows under a multiple-arched railroad bridge. The railroad bridge is a concrete construction, but the arches look good despite the mundane building material. I walked down to the bridge once. But I only shot film, so it will be a while before those photos appear. If ever.

These digital photos were largely “test” shots for the 35mm SLR. Though engineered more than a decade apart, the N90s’ area metering and the D200’s matrix metering kept matching each other spot-on.

The bike trail in the foreground of three of the photos runs from the Inland Empire along the river through a long canyon bordering the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest to Orange County on the coastal plain.

The park, like all Riverside County Parks has a per-vehicle entrance fee. $5 for an automobile. $2 for a bicycle or motorcycle. I paid the $2.00 entrance fee a couple times then bought a one year pass to all County parks for $25. I’ll be going to the narrows frequently, since it is so close by, but the pass also covers an additional thirteen regional parks and a number of recreation centers.

Update 6-14-2012: Park maintenance was taken over by the city of Riverside well over a year ago. Entarnce fees are no longer charged. Equipment for a City construction project is stored at the west end of the park. Gates are closed at night.

View to the north.

Mt. Rubidoux and the buildings of downtown Riverside in the far distance.

Is that Hawaii? No, but it does look quite tropical. Its another view of the Santa Ana River bottom.

Another long view of Mt. Rubidoux and downtown Riverside.

The above photo is yet another reason to visit Anza Narrows frequently.