Santa Ana River - Trail, Big Bear City, California

Santa Ana River - Trail, Big Bear City, California

DESCRIPTION

Single track,shucans, cliffs,Views,Super fun, one of the best single track in the world.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 17, 2010]
Stetson Creek Ranch
Weekend Warrior

We aren't actually on the trail. It skirts our property to the North. I am writing because of the many, many mountains bikers who leave the established trail to go trespassing on our private property. Our property is extremely well marked, as I myself have put up numerous signs. We have strung barbed wire across the old road leading into our property from the West. Nonetheless, Bikers tear down signs they can reach.

I am amazed at the number of times I will see bikers trespassing on our land, and find that they tossed their snack wrappers and drink bottles on the gound as they pass, or find fresh feces in the middle of my road, complete with toilet paper.

We have decided to take a new tactic. When a tree falls across the road where they enter our property, we leave it there. Our sole consolation is that the trespassers have to get off their bikes, and then lift their bike over the log.

And, if I catch them on the property, I make them leave by the same route they came in. They have to ride their bikes all the way back down to the SART near the middle control road.

We had no feelings at all about bikers until we bought this place. So far we haven't had a good experience with bikers. We see the worst of them in their trespassing, littering, rudeness when caught. Then there is ignorance. We have been screamed at by bikers on the access road to our ranch, (1N86, Hill Ranch Road) for driving our vehicles on "our bike trail". No, that road has been there since long before mountain biking began. And that road is not the SART. It has been there at least since the 1920's, when the FS Lease cabins on that road above us were built.

I have to choose ratings below in order to get htis to post. Please ignore them, as I am not rating the trail. I am not a biker, but am asked to answer questions on that as well

Customer Service

Try taking the SART, and don't leave the trail to trespass on private property.

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5
[Apr 26, 2008]
frana
Cross Country Rider

Got downed trees? Several downed trees today. So bad we had to turn around after about 9-10 miles! Trail maintainence is badly needed. Other than that the trail is very scenic and technical at times. Without the trees this would be 5/5.

Customer Service

Parking area past the post office on the 38. Followed the fire road then hopped on the SART after about 2-3 miles of downhill fire road.

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3
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3
[Aug 21, 2007]
BAD_S197
Weekend Warrior

I'm a beginner in Mountain Biking and this is my first trail ride aside from fire roads and asphalt streets. This review reflects that, as I've nothing else to compare it to.

I met up with the guys from the 3F bicycle club at the Barton Flats campground in the morning and after getting everything ready, we rode up I38 to the edge of the South Fork Campground. To them it was a warm up and to me it was a sign that I'm very out of shape. I was out to push myself and see what I was made of so to me it was fun either way.

The single track at that point was not very small until we reached the beginning of the trail. At that point it got very narrow with lots of steep dropoffs. I was boardering on scared to death at this point but kept pushing myself. I found it to be very tight singletrack with lots of loose dirt on the sides and the leaves that dropped into the loose dirt didn't help either. I found my front end washing out quite a few times in areas that I would have chosen for it not to. To me, difficult riding but fun and challenging.

Some of the single track on the steep hillsides were a little washed out in places but totally passable, you just have to hug the hill side. There were a few places in the first third of the ride that I was told to walk it and some of the veterans I rode with walked it as well.

The middle part of the ride was as described above, very fast singletrack on some rolling hills. There were some very fast sections wiht some gear changeing happening with some switchbacks in some areas. This to me was the most enjoyable area as I could concentrate on riding and not on thoughts of falling and being injured or killed.

The last portion of the ride was back to tight single track on hill sides again with the most beautiful views of the ride. I couldn't get over how nice it was there and combined with the riding it was perfect. A lot of steep runs down the sides of these hills with again, more loose stuff on the side but not as sketchy as the first part. It was here that I started to "bonk" due to me just plain being out of shape. I rested in some shaded areas and when we reached a small waterfall I got some nice cold water to cool down with and get refreshed.

Toward the end of the ride you get dumped onto a small fire/access road that is pretty fast. Then a 3 mile climb out to the main road.


Customer Service

(South Fork Campground to Post Office)

This is the route we took that day and to me was the best route. It involved some climbing but nothing too crazy. Definately a challenge but less so than doing it in the reverse order. There really wasn't any place you could get lost as the route, while not marked very well, was obvious in which way to go. This route took my out of shape self a little over 4 hours to complete.

For those who are gung ho and up for torture, you can go from the Post office up to the campground and come back all in a day.

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I've never been on any trail, much less anything in this area.

I totally recommend the top-bottom route to anyone wanting to push themselves. I had no reference as to what EPIC was and no idea what I was looking at but aside from that... it was the most fun I've had in a long time. I was exhausted 3 hours into it and had to push myself along with some friendly coaching and jokes from the ride master and other guys, but it was WELL WORTH IT IN THE END!!!

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5
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5
[Aug 01, 2004]
FireDoug
Weekend Warrior

Nick and I rode the first time today. We have heard a lot about this being a great local ride. We were not disappointed. We Started by riding a .9 mile back up Middle Control Rd. and turned left on what we think was 1NO7, but it was only labeled as 2EO3. This is typical of the trail we rode, many times we came to forks that seem to direct you in different directions and everything seemed to be labeled 2E03. This is pretty typical of mtn. bike trail navigation and I have gotten used to maps and trials not being consistently labeled. We never got lost, nor did we feel too confused about where to go. Anyway we continued riding up 1NO7 (poorly maintained fire road) turned left on to 2EO3 (SART single track). Enjoyed the roller coaster ride through the woods. This is in my opinion a classic XC roller coaster ride. You are shifting gears a great deal as you carve through the fast single track. This is a very fun ride that offers very few surprises. Once we passed Glass Rd. the climb up 2E03 is a bit more consistent uphill. We continued to South Fork Camp, took a break and turned around for a fun return ride back down 2EO3. This was a great ride that is 95% true narrow single track, lots of carving up and down mountain drainages, 3 stream crossings, lots of shifting, a few wide open fast runs through meadows, and even some mild rock garden runs. I highly recommend this ride for intermediate and advanced riders, not that it is overly difficult, just not a place to take a first timer. I have mapped a lot of variations to this area, that I will be back to explore if you know any good additions please email.

Customer Service

Parked at River crossing at Middle Control Fork and Seven Oaks Rd. Rode up 2EO3 to South Fork and then returned on same trial.

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4
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3
[Jul 27, 2004]
EBasil
Weekend Warrior

This is a great XC/Trail ride, and includes enough shade on the upper sections that it's great even in the heat of summer. It can be ridden as an out-n-back from Angelus Oaks (very easy to find) that gives you 16 miles to the South Fork campground before you turn around to come back mostly downhill, or as a shuttle from South Fork, 32 miles down to Mill Creek/Mentone, or a shorter shuttle, or a long-ass loop of 50+ miles. The upper sections are buffed, but narrow singletrack without technical difficulty but with some steep slopes to psych out riders. There are rideable water crossings, some mildy rocky sections and lots of shade. Both ascending and descending, this is good singlespeed country, but also great for XC and trailbikes. There's a significant climb/descent to/from the general store/Highway 38. If you're riding toward Angelus Oaks, take the smooth, shaded fire road 3 miles up. If descending, to then ride up to South Fork, take the singletrack descent!

Customer Service

Post messages and ask in the forums. If you have A GPS, we can send you our maps and let you create your route.

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4
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3
[Apr 22, 2001]

ERASE THIS POST, IT SERVES NO ONE !!!!!!!

Customer Service

DID U HAPPEN TO NOTICE THERE ARE 15 REVIEWS ON A PREVIOUS POSTING? YOU DIDNT EVEN TELL THEM WHERE IT IS, PROBABLY ON MARS ACCORDING TO THIS GUY
YOUR LAME DUDE!!!!!!!

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NEVER TRUST A GUY WITH 'HERMAN' IN HIS NAME

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[May 05, 2001]
steve

Hey Derek Thanks for the great trial info, that other guy is a loser he should be kicked off

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5
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[May 15, 2001]
Jack Meholff

Don't take the wrong route or you'll be in la la land.

Customer Service

Take the south end of the trail to the crack. Then go forward a little bit to the wetlands and dive in. If you get lost go back the north into the Round Mountains and through Jug Hills. The view is great and you can find some great juice bars.

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If you don't like it there you can go to Naval valley and take a looksy at Beaver Country.

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2
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[Feb 18, 2002]
neil taylor

THis is literally one of the most beautiful and intense single tracks that I've ridden- it's almost entirely downhill after about 2- 3 miles of climbing. Incredible switchbacks and sweet banked turns that wind you down about 11000 feet. Once you get to an opening with a large dirt hill, that looks like 4 wheelers tried to climb up and down, to no avail. either stay straight or take a right-toward 7 oaks damn. I recommend this route, beautiful single track with about 6 sweet table top jumps that you can hit at high speed. At the end of this trail you get to ride over the enormous 7 oaks damn and traverse domwn the road on the other side. this is an intense trail, bring a friend and a hefty nutsack

Customer Service

It depends on what you like. I go with a friend and park either at the first Vista Point on the 38 past Mentone. or as close as we can get to the 7 oaks dam. WE park one car and drive up to angelus oaks. park at the general store and ride up the fire road for about 1.5 miles til you get to the santa ana trail. MAke sure you go Left on the trail from here.

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5
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