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Santiago Oaks

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Follow the fireroad to the damn. Ascend 3 knarly climbs aptly named the "3 bitches". From here you can do a 12 mile long loop, or take a right at the intersection and choose your route down. To the left you have "The chutes", and to the right you have "Waterfall", and some other mysterious trails that are all a blast, and end up at the same place.
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Latitude
33.797408767572485
Longitude
-117.76142120361328
Trail Directions
From South take the 5 freeway North. Exit Jamboree and go right. Take Jamboree until it intersects with Chapman. Park in the shopping center on the left hand side of the road. Ride up to Jamboree until it dead ends. The trail head is on the left hand side of the road.
Trail Length
Varies
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Orange
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Review Date
July 27, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bobwalk ,  Racer

Summary:
For those that have not been here in the last year the trail system has been greatly expanded thanks to John Ganahl. A lot of great new singletrack climbs and descents as well as a total rebuilding of Chutes. This has become truly a mountain bike park!

Recommended Route:
Start at Irvine Park, enter single track at Boy Scout Camp gate/arch. Go past kiosk and up Chutes "B" line (singletrack with switchbacks). At top go right, down hill and then a quick left on Cactus Run (singletrack downhill with switchbacks). At bottom, take Bumblebee Trail up, right at top, keep climbing up fireroad to gate. Go right and then right again toward power tower. At power tower enter Yucca Trail and descend (singletrack). Take to bottom and turn left over wood bridge and climb Coach Whip (1 mile singletrack climb ). At top turn right, climb up and over and descend Barum Ridge. At end of Barum you pass the end of "B" line and have a short climb to top of Chutes. Descend Chutes (1 mile of steep, technical singletrack with bermed corners and table top jumps, super fast and fun!) Take a right after passing log roll and take Roadrunner singletrack back out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Whiting Ranch/STT to the Luge
Aliso Woods
El Moro/Laguna Canyon



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Review Date
July 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ezirydr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The 3 hill climbs that have been referred to as "3 B's" are all that....tough. The last one (adjacent to the dam) is a walker. Once at the top though take the dirt trail heading east and you'll wind up at Irvine Park, and you'll have a nice ride. If you want to explore Irvine Park, that's a good time as well



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Review Date
June 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fredooo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
From my point of view as a beginner, this is more for the intermediate to the advanced level. I had to learn the hard way, but lived to tell that it was a great experience. There are quite a bit of technical portions on this ride. The 3 B's are what they are. That was a good workout! The whole ride was amazing, fun, and exciting. A good heart pumper going up as well as down.



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Review Date
October 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: chasnjasn ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
great trail for the intermediate and the advanced riders who wanna go for workout. It offers a variety of climbs with different gradients at hand. Also with great single tracks both narrow and wide to break turns. There are multiple ways to go all leading back to the same way you came from. It's about a 12 mile ride if you have it in you.

Recommended Route:
Park at the albertson's market and head north and break left where the trail begins.



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Review Date
July 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: LAKERMN ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The three b!tches (MTBR won’t let you write it) certainly is an appropriate moniker, as I was b!tching all the way up. Granted, I am completely new to the sport and at 5’ 6” 230, not exactly a triathalete, but these ugly sisters are a difficult way to start your day. They are wide, but you have to stop on the way up like I did, be prepared to battle to “get back on that horse”. If you don’t have a hydration pack, get one. Else you’ll be spilling water all over you and that’s not good coming down; slick hands on a fast single track is not recommended protocol. Coming down is also a b!tch. It is very fast in parts, but I was able to manage with plenty of brake pressure and some reckless abandon. There was a point when I wondered how much more stopping power could you need that what you get from the v-brakes I have, but now I know. Coming down the “chutes” is gnarly. It is very quick, and, in addition to managing speed, you’ll have to maintain balance through the narrow and deeply cut parts else you’ll end up missing for a few days (not really, but you could get hurt). Also, keep in mind where some of the single track opens up, there’s loose gravel… it is tough to carry speed through those and turn if you don’t have the technique (I don’t). There are a few crazy drops, but you’ll generally have plenty of time to prepare. The “waterfall” might be a good drop to try because it does have the aforementioned loose gravel at the bottom, but remember to roll with the fall, don’t brace yourself or you’ll end up like a buddy with a broken arm. There are some rugged parts in the narrows that had me off my seat, pedals, handlebars, but thankfully never all at the same time. Having said all of that, I’m on a entry level hardtail (Wahoo), and this was the first trail I had ever been on, save my BMX days more than quarter of a century ago, and I made it out unscathed (2X to date). If you use some common sense, you’ll be OK. You might have to walk down some parts (and up for that matter), but do it and live to ride another day. If you got more experience (or balls) and a decent health plan, you’ll probably have a lot of fun, and get an hour or two of good cardio.

Recommended Route:
Follow the B!tches up, and it's pretty tough to get off track coming down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not yet.



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