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    Bonelli Park - San Dimas

    Bonelli park in San Dimas is a multi recreational park that offers camping, boating, hiking, golfing, and of course, mountain biking. It is adjacent to Raging Waters, and it is quickly accessible from any county. There are approximately 9 miles of trail network in our featured loop, most of which circles around the lake and the park.

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    Fullerton Loop - Fullerton

    Although it’s an urban trail, the Fullerton Loop is one of our favorite places to ride. It provides enough climbing and downhill activity, and is a great after work ride. The whole loop is about 11 miles and takes you through various parks in the city, as well as a jaunt along a golf course. It’s a trail that is popular amongst joggers, hikers, bikers and equestrians, so be mindful when riding this loop.

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    Limestone Canyon - The Sinks

    Limestone Canyon was previously only available to the public through docent tours. These days, however, the park is open to the public every 1st Saturday of the month from 9-2. It is gaining popularity because more and more people are becoming aware of this hidden gem. Two areas of interest in this section of land are The Sinks and Dripping Springs. Both are easily accessible and some of the highlights of these rides. Registration is required and there are tents on site manned by helpful workers and volunteers. This trail starts with a nice warm up and then begins a 3 mile ascent on East Loma Ridge. The descent to Limestone Canyon is fun, fast, and it culminates at the Sinks. From there we climb to Limestone Ridge and ride the rolling singletrack. A descent back to Limestone Canyon completes this ride. Maps are available so make sure you pick one up. It will help familiarize you with the park so you can explore the different areas of the Canyon.

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    Marshall Canyon Trail

    Not long ago, we wrote about using different resources for discovering new places to ride. This featured loop, which has quickly become a favorite of ours, was recently spotlighted in the monthly publication that AAA (Auto Club of So Cal) sends to its Members. The article actually focused on the fun things to go do in the city of La Verne, and a short blurb on Marshall Canyon was mentioned. It described it as a lush and shade filled canyon for most of it’s 5 miles, making it a great ride during those crazy hot days! A river runs through it, so there are a few sections where you can ride through the water. Marshall Canyon also connects to Claremont Wilderness Park, which was voted one of the best places to hike in Riverside Co a couple of years ago by the Press Enterprise!

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    Peters Canyon I - Orange

    The first time a buddy took me mountain biking, it was at Peter’s Canyon.  It is truly one of the best places to get a taste of the sport because it has a little bit of everything.  There are nice, scenic trails to spin through.  It has both small and steep climbs, but nothing extensive.  There are a few fast descents, rolling ridges, and the entire loop is approximately 6 miles.  To this day, whenever I introduce someone new to the sport, Peters Canyon is the choice trail.  However, riders of all levels will enjoy this trail because you can blast your way through it, climb “big red” without bonking out, or add nearby Santiago Oaks if you want to extend your ride.  One disclosure about Peter’s Canyon is that it is extremely popular among hikers, runners, and bikers so be careful as you traverse your way around this loop.

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    Peters Canyon II- Orange

    Peters Canyon 2 is a more robust version of Peters Canyon 1 because of the additional climbing. This loop includes the grueling and steep climb up Big Red, but thankfully it’s short and quick. Continue on through the East Ridge and use your momentum as you make your way though the rolling ridge. Descend the singletrack and head back to your car. It ‘s a short loop, but always fun to ride.

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    Santa Rosa Plateau Loop - Murrieta

    The Santa Rosa Plateau is located in the Southern section of the Santa Ana Mountains, and is one of the best short routes out there. Consisting of 9000 acres, the Reserve protects unique ecosystems such as Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, and vernal pools as well as more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species, including mule deer, mountain lions, badgers, bobcats, western pond turtles, white-tailed kites and fairy shrimp. Of the two species of fairy shrimp that live in the seasonal vernal pools on the Reserve, one is found only here and nowhere else on Earth! It is one of the best maintained parks and offers incredible hiking as well. The route we provided is accessible to equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers, with the other portion of the reserve open only to hikers. Make sure to pick up a map from the visitor center so you can go back and hike it as well. It is well worth it!

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    Southridge Park - Fontana

    We like to pick up the trail from Southridge Park, but the options of trails to ride are vast. The trails do not have names or trail markers, so it really is a matter of exploring the terrain and figuring out what works for you. Nevertheless, there is plenty of good climbing to get positioned at the top, and of course, the descents are worth it.

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    Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park - Riverside

    Sycamore Canyon is comprised of 1500 acres of protected wildlife reserves, with approximately 25 miles of trails within its confines. There are three main entrances to enter the park, so you can create your own loops and customize to your skill set, depending where you enter. We like the Central entrance so we can start with some climbing and begin a descent towards the Water pipe trail marker.

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    Tijeras Creek Trail - Rancho Santa Margarita

    Arroyo Trabuco trail is one of our favorite South Orange County destinations, which follows Trabuco Creek along the way. This trail runs about 7 miles and there are several creek crossings to pedal through, especially during the rainy season. It is not a difficult trail to ride, with light elevation gains, which makes it family/kid friendly. There is one section that gets rocky and sandy, but it’s short lived and not that difficult to pedal through. It is a beautiful trail with sections of single track where you feel like you are enclosed in a jungle or forest. Our preference is to pick up the trail at O’Neill Regional Park, and loop around via Tijeras Creek Trail at around the 6-mile mark. This loop is perfect if you want to give yourself a break from tough climbing, with some “roller coaster” type riding along Tijeras Creek. It is a great workout without the strenuous, sustained climbing we love, but there are a couple of short steep climbs to clear (mere yards). The last 2 miles of this loop has you riding the streets back to your car.