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Santa Ana River Trail (variation)

Average Rating:    (4.62 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

The trail is predominantly sinle-track, and some fine single-track at that. After dropping in from the first sign, you will ride down about a mile and come to a clearing with another 2E03 sign. Enjoy your last little bit of sunlight as it's going to be the last you see for awhile. The trail takes you under the tree canopy for an awesome ride of technical single-track,tight switchbacks, and breath-taking views of the valley. The trail is steep on the downside, so be careful, It's A Long Way Down. The trail will then skirt a steep canyon wall with a waterfall. You will do a water crossing across the top of the waterfall here. Continue around the canyon and the trail will connect with a fireroad. Take a right on the fireroad and enjoy a long, tedious climb up. The fireroad comes out right where you parked your car. Everybody that rides this trail just absolutely loves it. You can read other reviews by going to the trailhead section of www.socalmtb.com
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Latitude
34.149175471669984
Longitude
-116.98031902313232
Trail Directions
Take 10-East to Yucaipa Blvd. North on Yucaipa Blvd To Bryant Street (app. 7 miles). Take a Left on Bryant St. and go to Hwy 38 (app. 5 miles). Go right on Hwy 38 towards Big Bear and after 10-11 miles, you will come to the town of Angelus Oaks. You will see a store on the left. Continue past the store app. 1/2 mile and you will see a large turnout on your left. Park here. Make sure to have an Adventure Pass as they do patrol heavily. (Ranger station is at the corner of Bryant and Hwy 38). Get on your bike and ride back to the store area. To the right of the store, you will see a road that passes a tiny post office. Continue up this fire road app 3/4 mile and you will see a large sign with Forestry Info. Sometimes there is, and sometimes there isn't, a sign that says 2E03. Te trail is somewhat hidden behind the forestry sign. Drop in and you're on your way.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Angelus Oaks/Yucaipa
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Review Date
June 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 620Dark ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Phenomenal. Been reading about this trail for over a year now and finally had the time and some buds who were down to ride it. Parked off 38 near Middle Control Rd, just outside the town of Angelus Oaks, rode into town behind the post office and up fire road to the wooden bench and started singletracking. Brilliant trail, sort of loose, lots of puckering drop areas but flowy, fast, and just great. Crossed Middle Control Rd hiked up next section on opposite side of rd and began the 2nd section of SART, more climbing, many washed out areas that had to be HAB'd for safety. More brilliant single track, came to Glass Rd and friends were beat and walked up Glass to 38 to be picked up, I went ahead down Seven Oaks/River Rd, to get our shuttle car parked at South Fork cmpgrnd. SART continues opposite of Glass and pops out again on River but we did not have time to ride. Will be back up to finish 3rd section at some point, and start earlier as daylight is a premium in the canyons.

Recommended Route:
The link below is what I tracked with my phone for the ride, last 3 miles are me on foot as I blew my tube and used my spare for a bud earlier in the ride. The climbing seems to be inaccurate as well, a bud with Strava recorded 1,400 feet. Average time and speed were far slower than they would have been for me solo, my friends aren't as fit as I am and we had to stop numerous times. Overall having the ride start Angelus Oaks with a car parked at South Fork Campground seems a great idea for a 17ish mile ride of near all single track.
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=206349363993867948975.0004c38cda613399b84a9&msa=0
Any questions on it feel free to PM me, and I highly recommend riding this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The MTB park at Snow Summit is pretty fun, but for my $$ and time this is better.



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Review Date
February 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: k2rider1964 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail yesterday for the 1st time as a shuttle from Heart Bar campground down to Angelus Oaks. All I can say is WOW!! This is now my favorite SoCal trail. Our GPS measured the route we did at 16.7 miles. I'd *guess* that 3-4 miles of it was uphill but NONE of it was brutal. It was all pretty mellow gradual climbing.

On the flip side, that meant ALOT of downhill and it was 98% singletrack. This place was amazing and I can't say enough good stuff about it. There was tons of high speed, twisty, roller coastery variety to be had. There was definitely some deadfall (4-5 trees) but it didn't diminish the ride at all. I was amazed at how few rocks there were on the trails which is unusual compared to most of the stuff I ride in San Diego County.

Recommended Route:
As I said, we shuttles the route and left (1) truck at Angelus Oaks. We parked "up top" near the roadway. My suggestion is to park at the bottom of the very smooth fire road to save yourself the 2.85 mile climb out that is 100% uphill...not the best way to end your ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The only other stuff I've ridden up in the area is the trails in and around the Snow Summit ski area (10+ years ago minimum). I also did alot of great riding on trails on the north side of the lake but that was also long ago and I have no idea what the trails are like nowadays.



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Review Date
May 7, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Zachariah ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Don't fall for all the hype, about this trail. This ride is a LOT of work. The 19 fallen trees we encountered here was draining all our energies, momentum and ride pace. The massive snowfalls this year really brought down many old-growth trees. The brushy overgrowth is also downright scary, as you gotta consciously dodge them on the technical DH sections...or else they will knock you down. This year, the ride is about 60% DH and 40% not steep, but grinding climbs. Bring as much energy snax and fluids as you can possibly carry. Air up your tires to at least 33psi, as the rock gardens will constantly bang your rims and try to rip your tires wide open. Mother Nature was NOT good to SART this year. Lets hope some trees/brush/rock can be cleared, making this trail the great epic ride it once was again. 5/07/11. Logged 27.2 miles today.

Recommended Route:
Stage one vehicle at 2E03 Fireroad entrance and the other at Seven Oaks Road. Be prepared...very prepared!



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Review Date
July 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tash63 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a very nice ride. I'm not from SoCal, and just got to ride it while on a business trip.

Recommended Route:
What I don't get is how many people talk about riding up the single track and returning downhill on fireroads... Crazy. If you must ride the fireroads (which I didn't) then I'd ride them UP and ride the single track back down.

I rode up the singletrack to the turnoff for Barton Flats Campground and then turned around and returned via the singletrack. It was an AWESOME downhill.



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Review Date
September 4, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: yucaipaken ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was my first ride on SART this year. Took my 12 yr. old son yesterday morning. We drove down Mill Creek Rd. and parked at the bottom across the bridge. We rode back up a mile to the trail and did the middle section of SART over to Glass Rd. and then back to the truck. Thunderstorms this weekend have tore up the road and trail a bit, but nothing major. No wash-outs, but watch for rocks and trees in road/trail. This section of trail is ridable, excpet for one creek crossing and scramble up the muddy embankment. Not sure about trail conditions on other sections of SART (behind Angelus Oaks or past Glass Rd). Saw several groups on the trail (big smiles by everyone). The weather was perfect during our whole ride. We started getting rain as we headed back down the mountain, so got out of there just in time. Would not want to be down there during a thunderstorm as the soil is very clay-like when wet. Another big storm system went through their yesterday afternoon, so lets hope it didn't do too much more damage.

Recommended Route:
All sections of this trail are fun an offer multiple options. My favorite ride is riding up behind the store and down SART towards the 7 Oaks Dam. This particular section I just reviewed is probably a 3.5 in difficulty, except for the mile up Mill Creek to trail, there is very little climbing and there is a lot of tree cover so during summer it provides lots of shade. Other sections of SART are more difficult.



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