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    Santiago Peak - Silverado Canyon

    In 2014, Silverado canyon experienced a fire that blackened 1600 acres of the Cleveland National Forest. This prompted a closure of Maple Road in Silverado Canyon, which takes you to the Main Divide and Harding Truck Trail. Those of us that like to climb up to Santiago Peak or the Silverado Motorway via Maple Road had to wait close to 3 years before it re-opened. The ride to either location is no joke and requires serious legs to get there. We highly recommend that you be fully hydrated, stretch well, and get a good night’s rest before tackling either one. There is over 4100 feet of climbing to reach Santiago Peak, so heed our advice. Hikers, mountain bikers, and motor vehicles also share this road, so use plenty of caution. If you are not aware, motor vehicles are allowed on the Main Divide Road, and Maple Rd in Silverado Canyon is one of the few places you can access it on a vehicle. Be prepared to eat a lot of dust if vehicles are making their way up and down. Obviously, there is more vehicle activity on the weekends, so plan your ride accordingly.

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    Vail Lake Trail - Temecula

    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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    Turnbull Canyon - Whittier

    Turnbull Canyon is a popular spot in the city of Whittier, lined with hikers and bikers, and its part of the Puente Hills Reserve. The parking on Turnbull Canyon is confined to a small dirt area so that can be a challenge, especially on the weekend. You need a resident permit to park in the local neighborhoods, so your next option is to park a few blocks away and ride up the street to the trail-head. This loop is a great combination of sun exposed, fire road climbing, with a shade filled loop when you get to Ahwingna. There are plenty of other trails to explore within Turnbull, with lots of additional climbing to be had, but this particular loop gives you a good idea of what you can expect within this park. It gives you views of the Hsi Lai Temple and Rose Hills Memorial park as you traverse your way up and down the park. There are a lot of stories pertaining to this park, in particular stories of hauntings. A lot of the locals will tell you that it is mostly urban legend, but it definitely adds to the mystique and history of the place.

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    Marshall Canyon Trail - La Verne

    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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    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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    Aliso & Wood Canyon Loop - Laguna Niguel

    This ride embodies beauty, toughness, and biking skills, as you traverse Aliso Wilderness, climb up Cholla trail, and descend Rock It. The Coyote Run trail is a blast to ride, and you can even stop by Dripping Caves trail for some cool pics and a piece of history.

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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.

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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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    El Prieto - Altadena

    Recently, we stumbled onto an article where the editor shared some of his favorite places to ride, and he mentioned a trail called “El Prieto” in the San Gabriel mountains (Pasadena area). The article was from a prominent mountain biking magazine, so we had to check out the trail for ourselves. It did not disappoint!