The city of Highland celebrated the completion of improvements to City Creek Trail with a community hike hosted on National Take a Hike Month, Saturday, Nov. 23. The event gave residents their first look at the 10 new interpretive signs installed along the creek trail to give users information on the historical significance of the area.

More than 40 people participated in the hike, which began at Base Line, walked north along the west bank of City Creek, crossed the creek using the Highland Avenue bridge and returned south to Base Line along the east bank.

The signs inform hikers on the Santa Fe “Kite-shaped Track” railroad, changing landscape and roadways of City Creek, early settlers of City Creek, the mountain lumber industry, historic old town Highland, Highland’s citrus culture, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ history in the area, the citrus industry in San Bernardino Valley, the history of the Base Line survey and history of Highland’s railroad stations.

Each of the signs is beautifully illustrated with fascinating historical photos provided by members of the Highland Area Historical Society and other collectors of regional history.

The signs and their installation were funded by a Measure I grant.

The trail itself gives good views of the points of interest highlighted on the signs including the old Santa Fe right-of-way, the creek, and the routes that trains and lumber roads used when descending from the mountains into the valley north of City Creek.

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