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Joplin To Silverado Trucktrail

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

head up Harding Trucktrail up til you get to a 4way crossing, go rite up a rocky fireroad, the joplin trail is on the rite 'edge' of the fireroad about 3miles on the west facing side of the mountain, the trail marker isnt always there. take the trail down to the picnic area. from there a climb up the doubletracks staying to the rite head down Silverado Trucktrail to Modjeska Cyn rd, then go rite and back the parking area on pavement.........
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Latitude
33.71355955421925
Longitude
-117.6192855834961
Trail Directions
FROM: the 55fwy. in Orange, exit Chapman east. to Modjeska Cyn. Park at the Bird Sanctuary FROM: the 5fwy. in Lake Forest, exit El Toro rd north to Modjeska Cyn. dont go rite at cooks corner....
Trail Length
25+miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Orange County / Saddleback Mtns
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Foothill Ranch, CA USA

Summary:
This is the ultimate ride if you like climbing and love downhill. It's 11 miles up and about 4,000' of elevation gain before you hit Joplin. It usually takes us a couple of hours to get there. Once there, pad up, lower your seat and if you have tubless tires, let some air out for traction. The entire trail is rideable except for a fallen tree (would somebody please nail a board up to it and make a cool jump?). It took us a few times before we could clear the whole trail and I've seen blood on someone every ride. There are good rock gardens, off camber single track, snakes, poison oak, small drops, and a hair-pin switchback that will make you as sweaty as you were at the top before you got started. Oh, I forgot to mention that it's steep. I believe it's a 3.5 mile trail with about 3,000' of elevation loss. I've ridden this trail on several bikes and my favorite is my Uzzi SLX (all 36 lbs). If you can muscle up the mountain on a heavy bike you will have much more fun on the way down (not to mention all of the calories you will burn). I've also gone down on my Superlight (26 lbs) and made about 90% of the trail but had to go slower and fear of broken bones etc. Don't go by yourself, to many hazards and could be days or weeks before someone else comes down to find you.

Recommended Route:
Up Harding Truck Trail, Down Joplin to Old Camp, through Santiago Truck Trail and back to the entrance of Harding (Bird Santuary) - 25 miles total

Other recommended trails in the same area:
UPPER Holy Jim - nobody rides it or even knows about it but it's very techinical and challenging.



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Review Date
May 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: david , from long beach

Summary:
harding is a long, moderately steep climb for about 9.5 miles to main divide road. it's in good shape and worth the ride. main divide road to joplin trail is loose but very ridable. joplin is at about mile 12.5 and is a little unmarked singletrack off to te right between the two peaks about 200ft up on the north side of the canyon. it's rocky and loose most of the way to old camp. some sections are not easily ridable. watch out for poison oak, as ther trail is very narrow. the ride out of old camp is steep, but the trail down is in great shape and fast. overall, it's a long ride for most but worth it if you like something a little mor off the beaten path. experts only. bring a friend.

Recommended Route:
harding truck trail to joplin to santiago ridge trail loop



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Review Date
December 25, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mike , from Aliso Viejo

Summary:
This ride rocks!! Usually Joplin is just loose enough to be really fun, but it can get so bad that traction is just plain non existant even with DH tires. If you go by yourself, take it easy. there is no way to get a helo in there. Well worth doing!



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Review Date
April 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: RockyRider , from Irvine, CA

Summary:
I just rode this trail today for the first time. I had heard some pretty negative things about it being overgrown and treacherous. It is a bit overgrown, but nothing major, just a few branches that swat at your arms. There's a good amount of poison oak around the trail, like many trails in the area, so if you're sensitive, you might want long sleeves/pants for the downhill, which is mostly shaded. The climb up Harding is not too steep, but it's pretty long and a bit monotonous; the views and the downhill make it all worthwhile, though. Joplin itself is pretty loose and rocky, but if you go slow, it's not too bad. If you're an awesome downhiller, you can just rip down it at impressive speeds. There are some more technical sections with some switchbacks and off camber, rocky turns which make it interesting. All and all, I'd recommend this 25 mile round-trip adventure.

Recommended Route:
Park at Cook's Corner, up and over Modjeska Grade rode to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, up Harding to main divide, down Joplin to Old Camp, down Santiago trail to Luge, down luge to road and back to car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Holy Jim, Santiago to Old Camp.



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Review Date
April 13, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: the poacher , from everywhere

Summary:
2 other ways up or down is Holy Jim Trail and Silverado Canyon Rd. all part of the PowWows route and all take some big huevos!!!!!

Recommended Route:
Joplin trail is the most insane DH orange county has to offer, but its mandatory that u XC to get there!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
joplin is rutted and the sign is down, a small rockpile exists,please pack out from the picnic area!



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