Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Here is another example of where the best riding isn't in the park
but in this case right above it. The park itself does have some fun short
trails but best left for the hikers. Ever heard the
saying "There's Gold in them hills"? well that's the case here. Now I'm sure some people
would prefer to start from the park and head up
which is possible via the Anaheim Hills trail but its going to be a real leg burner. Depending on your
biking goals... if your just looking for some great single track then you are
going to need two cars. I parked at
Hills Elementary School which will get you close to the top of the area.
Just go around the building to where the trail starts and start
heading up the fire road....warning this climb may have to be walked.
At the top of the fire road you will see a trail kiosk with maps and info where you will
get a good idea of the trails. From here you can
head down the fire road into Santiago Oaks, or head up to the top and ride along
the ridge a bit going around some power lines and stuff and you should see the
start of a long single-track that will eventually dump you out near the Irvine
Park dam area.
(Click thumbnail for larger view.)
gives you the big picture in a little picture.
I didn't sample this trail but it looks pretty good. You're going to
need a little John Muir in you to get
the most out of the park
Very nice! Here is a good shot of the trail as it works it way down into the canyon.
The trails veers to the left here. This is one of the sections
where you might
want to get off your bike. Don't be a hero.
The vistas are especially nice after some much needed rainfall. One thing that
takes some getting used to is all the power lines in the area.
I think this area has been mostly preserved so hopefully it will stay this way
for a long time to come. There are trails here for both Intermediate
riders but just know your limits and bring your pads. Oh and one last
thing regarding needing two cars. I suggest parking the other car near
Irvine Park in the shopping center at the corner of Jamboree and Chapman.
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