Santa Ana River Trail Epic
July 22 @ 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM| $25
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The Santa Ana River Trail a.k.a. SART is the longest epic ride in Southern California, up to 50 miles long. Located in the San Bernadino National Forest near Angelus Oaks, this high elevation ride is also one of the best options when the weather is hot (about 20 degrees cooler than Los Angeles). This is one of our favorite all mountain rides featuring long, flowy singletrack with creek crossings, shade from the forest trees, and breathtaking views. There are multiple sections to choose from, so you can customize the ride to your liking. Read on.
This is an All Mountain ride for intermediate level riders and above. This ride has a fair amount of exposure and of climbing. Be ready to spend up to 5 hours on your bike.
DROP-OFF OPTION 1: You can start from Wild Horse, 8 miles long. It’s the highest starting point. Also my favorite section of the trail. It start with 5 miles of climb at 4% grade but the reward is awesome.
It connects to SART at Heart Bar. This section was closed for a while because of the fire. It’s 6 miles of up and down that takes you to South Fork. https://www.strava.com/routes/13616406
You can also skip this section and ride down on the highway to South Fork.
DROP-OFF OPTION 2: South Fork is where the classic upper SART begins. It is 13 miles to the Post Office. https://www.strava.com/routes/13616802
From the Post Office: After refueling you can go down the lower SART to Highway 38. https://www.strava.com/routes/13617642 This is the most technical section of the trail.
Or connect to Morton Peak on your way down to follow the Hell Ride’s route (fundraiser organised by Bike for Bender http://www.bikeforbender.com)
The Bail Out: Nobody is proud of it but sometimes you need an easy way to go back to your car. Loch Leven, 5 miles of just downhill. https://www.strava.com/routes/13617571
WHEN AND WHERE TO MEET: 7:45AM at the Mill Creek Visitor Center (34701 Mill Creek Rd, Mentone) to load the bikes and then move your car to where you are planning to finish the ride. We will leave at 8AM sharp.
If you want to get picked up at Hangar 24 please notify us in advance by email [email protected] or text message 818-516-1157. For logistics purposes we need to know the exact number of riders from Hangar 24. Meet at 7:15AM and we depart at 7:30AM sharp from H24. If you are running late you will need to meet us at the Mill Creek Visitor Center.
What to Bring: Water, food, tools, tubes, express link.sunscreen and anything you might need to be on the trail for 5 hours. http://www.crazybearbikes.com/basic-supplies/
What to wear: http://www.crazybearbikes.com/what-to-wear/
Based on my experience: Riding back to H24 is not that fun, unless you enjoy extending your ride on paved road in heat and traffic. I prefer to park my car at the corner of Highway 38 and Garnet St and drive to H24. In summer time, I prefer skip Morton Peak to avoid the climb under direct sun and start from Wildhorse and go down Warm Springs Truck Rd. That way I don’t have to ride in the heat and still have a 40 miles ride, or 38 if I skip Heart Bar and go down the highway instead.
This not a guided tour.
- July 22
7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
- Mill Creek Ranger Station
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA United States
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