One of the things that I love about our sport is that you can customize the ride loop to your own abilities or perhaps to choose different scenery. We have been riding Santiago Oaks for several years, primarily for the descent down The Chutes. However, there are plenty of other options and trails that can add some variety to your ride. For this particular loop, we chose to make our way up via Bobcat Meadow trail and descend through Yucca Ridge, and back up to the Chutes for our traditional descent. The ride on Yucca ridge is fast and exhilarating, but by no means technical.
Distance: 8.01 mi
Avg Speed: 5.7 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,138 ft
Calories: 664 C
Avg Temperature: 71.1 °F
From the 55 freeway exit Chapman and head east approximately 4 miles. Make a right into Trails End Lane (right across from Santiago Canyon College ) and head straight into Santiago Hills Park .
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Park your car here and ride back out to Chapman towards Jamboree. Make a left on Jamboree cross the street at E. Santiago Canyon Rd. The entrance to the trail is directly to your left before the street curves and takes you into Irvine Regional Park .
.87 miles- You will have ridden close to a mile from your car to the entrance of the park. Enter the park to your left and head down a few feet to make another left on Santiago Creek rd.
1.23- You will need to pay attention and make a sharp right down a singletrack into the canyon. Make a left at the bottom on Egret trail. You also have the option of staying on Santiago Creek rd as it leads to the same area.
2.2- You will reach a paved area. This portion ascends briefly. Make a left and a quick right up the trail until it ends.
2.6-Descend down a steep hill and make a right at the bottom towards the creek. Continue on the trail.
2.72- Make a right on Bobcat Meadow.
3.03- Make a right on Oak. This is where your climbing begins.
3.75- Thankfully the climbing is not that long. Continue on Oak by making a left here.
3.88- Continue on Oak by making a right turn. You will encounter some brief climbing.
4.21- Make a right at the County Line fence. It is clearly marked. If you keep going straight, you will encounter some steep climbing and you will have gone too far.
4.27- At the Y, make a right on Yucca Ridge and begin your descent.
4.81- When you reach the bottom, continue straight onto Bumble Bee trail.
5.16- Make a left on Mt Goat.
5.28- Veer to the right and up.
5.36- Stay left and continue up on Mt. Goat .
5.46- After making your way up, you will notice a sign that reads “Scenic Outlook”. Make a left here and another right down towards the Chutes. This is the technical part of the ride and it’s a blast. The trail is mostly a descent but be ready for some brief climbing. When you reach the end of the Chutes you will notice two trails to your right. You can take either of these options as they all lead to the same place.
6.18- This is where the singletrack ends. Head left and then down towards a dry creek bed. Cross the creek and climb a few feet back up on a short but steep climb. Head left and then a quick right on Roadrunner (6.23).
6.29- Head right into Roadrunner Loop.
6.39- Veer left on singletrack
6.65-Continue towards left
6.74- Veer right at the fork
6.39- Veer left on singletrack
6.94- Stay right at the Y
6.87- Make a right towards the creek bed.