Visiting OC Sept 9 looking for trails to hit

Discussion in 'Say Hello!' started by Unbreakable, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp
    Hi,
    I am going to be staying in Irvine on business Sept 12-16 and thought I would arrive a few days early to hit some trails on the 9-11
    The only bike shop I am familiar with is the Path in Tustin, I've stopped in to purchase some gear in the past
    Any suggestions on trails to ride would be great. Instead of brining my bike I might just rent one from the Path.I am coming from Austin where there is a lot of rock and technical stuff. If anyone is riding that weekend I would be thrilled to meet up
    Thank you
     
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    Hey @Unbreakable,
    Thanks for coming to imtbtrails in search of some good trails. A lot of great guys here...
    Welcome!

    Mikie of Frazier Park
     
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  3. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Welcome @Unbreakable !

    Irvine is pretty close to just about anything you could want... You have the local county parks within a short drive, like Whiting Ranch, Aliso and Wood Canyon, Santiago Oaks. You can also do a Whiting- Santiago Truck Trail- Luge loop. There are reports on the forum for that route, and if you search YouTube for "the Luge mountain bike", you'll find video of the run. Whiting is pretty tame, but Aliso ranges from tame to pretty technical, as does Santiago Oaks. They are also pretty crowded on the weekends. We have several guys on here who ride there frequently, and I'm sure they'll chime in with recommendations. They're a friendly bunch.

    If you want to get more remote, there's nothing like a jaunt in the Santa Anas, but the climbing to get anywhere is a lot more strenuous. 3000-4000 is pretty much the minimum to get to any good stuff, like Holy Jim Trail, Trabuco Trail, San Juan Trail, etc... Again, a YouTube search for the trails will yield many results.
     
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  4. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Are you Kimmy Schmidt? Never mind - lost reference on non viewers....

    We don't have any trails here in the OC. Certainly none with rocks on them.

    OK, I lied. I am sure I will be riding that weekend somewhere around Aliso and Wood Canyon, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park or Whiting and the Santiago Truck Trail (STT). We could grab some other rock'sters and make a small party of it. Let us know, Austin Bill.

    I suggest you demo the new Intense Recluse. I saw a large at The Path, I think.
     
  5. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp
    Appreciate the suggestions. I just got back from Whistler and was using a Santa Cruz V10 for the downhill. Now back to trail riding. I was thinking of doing Mammoth or Big Bear but don't have the time for that right now. I will continue to check in and hopefully meet up with a few riders. Calling The Path today to find out what they will have available and put a deposit down.
     
  6. Cougar

    Cougar MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Niguel
    Name:
    Craig
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    '14 Turner Burner
    I've actually done the opposite, I'm from here but traveled to Austin and rode there once. I did both Emma Long and Walnut Creek. We don't really have anything like Walnut Creek here, but the chunkiness of Emma Long you can absolutely find (usually as a part of a downhill though, not as flat/up-and-down as Emma Long though). Regardless, if you came back from Whistler, you'll be fine with what OC has to offer you (as long as you are willing to do long sustained climbs).
     
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  7. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood MTB Addict

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
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    Foes Mixer Trail
    Can't beat a couple loops at Aliso/Wood Canyon.
     
  8. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp
    I watched a couple videos of The Luge and I was out of breath just watching the climb. I think I am going to do that on Saturday morning Sept 10. If anyone is riding it that day or nearby hit me up. Thanks
     
  9. Danimal

    Danimal MTB Addict

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    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude
    Welcome unbreakable.
    If your going to go to Old camp, ride the Luge and/or Whiting, get your bike from the Path on Live oak. It is only a mile or so from the entrance to those trails. Much better than the 15 mile drive from Tustin.
    If you talk to them in advance they'll bring whatever bike you like, ( that they have) to that shop for you.

    Aliso is good, Santiago Oaks is good too.
    I've ridden barton flats in Austin, only trail I found well there. It was fun and much different that riding here in OC.
    If your doing Whiting/luge on the 10th I might join Ya. It's my home trail and ride it often. ( OK, only trails I've ridden the last couple months...)

    On a side note, for whatever reason Whiting has received a major haircut. Trimmed back a lot of foliage and removed some fun rocks that I'd pop off.
    Don't know why, but didn't make me happy. Hope it's not to pave 'em!
     
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  10. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Good Choice... The Luge is a "must do" around here.

    The Luge is very popular on a Saturday morning. Someone will be there... I may ride over and join. :thumbsup: As Danimal says, the Path Live Oak is in the neighborhood, and they'll help you out. Good guys in there... If you're looking just for a Luge loop, you can park at the far end of the parking lot at Cook's Corner. This gives a nice 7.5 mile loop with about 1400 feet of gain. The worst climb is actually on the Modjeska Grade Road before you turn off to Santiago Truck Trail.

    If you're looking for a little more, a lot of guys like to do the Luge by starting in Whiting Ranch, which is easily accessible from the 241 from Irvine. Quick on and quick off... That ride puts it more in the 20/3000 range, but you could add on the Cactus Hill Trail after the Luge. That's another fun little downhill, if it's not swamped with hikers.

    Check in as your date gets closer... Someone will join you. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I would be more than happy to join you for a Luge run, provided I get my rear wheel back by then. BTW, the climb is relatively gentle - this coming from a guy who really doesn't like to climb. If you are in shape to ride about 2000' of climbing, you really can't beat a Whiting-Luge-Whiting run. The ending romp through Whiting is a mildly downhill, non-technical, twisty, turny, dippy, speedy singletrack hoot! :cool: And, if you start from Wahoos, you end at the restaurant and can immediately refuel your tank while reliving your morning with your riding buds!:thumbsup:
     
  12. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp
    Thoughts on Santa Cruz Hightower 27.5+ for the above trails?? I am use to a 29er but would really like to see what this Hightower is like since I've heard so much about them.
     
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  13. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Perfection!

    On the slight chance that the big tires slow you down climbing, I could use the company.
     
  14. littlewave

    littlewave MTB Addict

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    Newport Beach
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    Brett
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    Ibis Ripley LS
    Interested...
     
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  15. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp
    Got the bike reserved and no doubt I will be slow on the climb.
     
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  16. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
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    Chameleon & Highball C
    I know there's at least one guy in that shop who rides that bike and absolutely loves it...

    Me too! :thumbsup:
     
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  17. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    So do you think you can manage the whole Whiting-Luge-Whiting run? It's about 16 miles and 2400' of climbing. Takes most mortals 2 1/2 hours. 3 if there's socialization and/or equipment tending. 'Tis but a warm-up lap for @mtnbikej and @Faust29 ...
     
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  18. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp
    I've watched a dozen videos and The Path was really cool at explaining the trail to me. I'm not a quitter and certainly won't be upfront, definitely up for the challenge.
     
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  19. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Sweet - now fingers crossed that my wheel gets to Big Flats, gets a new hub laced onto it, gets sent back and into my grubby little hands by Thursday. I have a high school football game to attend on Friday night, then it appears we are game-on for Saturday morning Wahoos-Whiting-STT-Luge-Whiting-Wahoos ride and lunch.

    Roll call. And no, I am not posting this in trailhead. If you are too lazy or unfriendly that you didn't see this thread, too bad for you! Moreover, there's a 47% chance I will not be attending, since I am relying on a major part arriving in time. My back-up bike would not be appropriate.
     
  20. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    paging @Unbreakable Are we on for this? @StrandLeper offered to lend me a wheel. Actually, he offered the whole bike, but I just wanna ride my bike, so the wheel will suffice. What a guy!!!
     
  21. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp

    That's awful nice of @StrandLeper to lend you a wheel and whole bike. Yes, still on Saturday morning Sept 10. Just need to know what time to meet and location.
     
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  22. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
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    Chameleon & Highball C
    I will be there, barring any unforeseen calamities.
     
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  23. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Like a fire that takes out a ton of popular trails?
     
  24. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I'm in no hurry, and Whiting will be crowded from 7am-10am no matter what, so I am thinking 8am meet time. Wahoos parking lot (actually further down where all the other riders are parked), Glenn Ranch road and Portola in Foothill Ranch.
     
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  25. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Your marine layer made it this far inland today, so I'm really hoping that the firefighters had a good night... It almost looked like june gloom when I got up at 5:00. :thumbsup:
     
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  26. Sasquatch9billion

    Sasquatch9billion Well-Known Member

    Name:
    trinidad j. mendez
    I haven't done Whiting-Luge-whiting in years. Damn, it should be fun. I'd jump in but my wife got tickets to some cheesy music festival that day ( !!! is the only decent band playing,) Judging from what I've ridden in ATX that's a lot of climbing-have fun guys!
     
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  27. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Member

    Location:
    Austin
    Name:
    Bill
    Current Bike:
    Stumpy FSR Comp
    This climbing is starting to be a concern, maybe I should rent an E- Bike instead. J/K
     
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  28. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    1.) If I do it regularly, that means the climbing isn't very demanding.
    2.) I was a week ahead. This is happening next Saturday, September 10.
    3.) I now have a wheel, albeit a borrowed one. Thanks @StrandLeper !
     
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  29. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Bummer.....have trail work to do that day.
     
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  30. StrandLeper

    StrandLeper MTB Addict

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    Timothy M. Ryan
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