Chutes - Trail, Orange/Anaheim Hills, California

Chutes - Trail, Orange/Anaheim Hills, California

DESCRIPTION

Chutes is a technical singletrack with some steep sections, rocky sections, and bumpy sections. Intermediate to Advanced.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 06, 2006]
Weezer
Weekend Warrior

The Chutes is a great place to prepare for real single track down hill XC style. There's enough threats of falling off the cliff to prepare you for the lower part of San Juan Trail off of Ortega. Steap and narrow sections mean you need to maintain a rythm, go to slow and you'll stall, go to fast and your off the cliff.

Climbing the 3 B's is fun. The first one is the steapest. Theres a single trac the skirts the hill for the second B. And the third B is just there to wear out the rest of your legs.

I used to call this trail Zip's. But then people started to distinguish it as Iron Man which is the first left turn after the first down hill. This will take you toward the 91 freeway through Anahiem Hills. If you go straight, it's the Chutes. Theres a guide book to Trial rides and Zip's is never mentioned.

Customer Service

I park at near the Taco Bell at Chapman and Jamboree in Orange. Ride across Chapman toward Irvine Park. Before entering Irvine park there's an access road to the left. Take that and ride about a mile toward the damn, the wash will be to your left. Climb the access road to the damn and down the other side. You can enter on Santiago Oaks, or even better go straight and through a rocky creek ride. It's tough but well worth it. You'll joing back to Santiago Oaks, turn up to climb the first B...and your on your way. Total of about 6 miles.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 02, 2005]
cegrover
Cross Country Rider

Chutes is in good shape - nice ride today after taking too long off due to rain. Someone did some nice repair work toward the bottom - thanks!! Notes: 1) Lower trail between Irvine Park and Santiago Oaks is under water after a while, but you can take an established shortcut to the main trail at the point where it gets wet. 2) Normally dry creekbed at the end of Chutes is actually wet, but a small stream - easy crossing. 3) Normally dry creekbed just before getting back to pavement at Irvine Park is also wet, but an easy crossing. Enjoy!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 14, 2004]
cegrover
Weekend Warrior

Chutes Nov 14 2004 - Okay, I posted before - my wife and I went back and found Chutes this time. Haven't done it before, so I'm not sure how the rain changed things. It's an awesome trail! 3 Bs remains a good workout and we walked more than I remembered last time - that area definitely has some new rain-induced ruts. I believe we hit the easier routes on a lot of chutes - maybe that's evidence that the harder routes are worse from the rain or just evidence of our riding level. We traded bikes not quite halfway down, so I took the hardtail and did fine on the bottom portion of Chutes up until the sandy wash where I planted my front wheel in sand after the tiny drop and went over the bars! This was also my first ride with clipless pedals, so I was a little hesitant to also make it my first trip on Chutes. I think the fact that they are Mallet C pedals made the trip possible (we both have them)! I was clipped out for all of Chutes. Enjoy! Ride distance: 6-ish miles Elevation change: Dunno Singletrack=50% Dirt Road=50% Me: 98 DBR V-Link 3.2 w/SRAM 9.0 shift/rr der Wife: 01 Raleigh M80 w/SRAM Rocket shifters

Customer Service

This is a really great ride - we parked at Irvine park. It's a good workout on 3 Bs, fun downhill below Robber's, then a workout back to the ridgeline. The ridge itself is a nice, fun trail with some minor climbing, then Chutes is fun all the way down!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 16, 2004]
cegrover
Weekend Warrior

Okay, this is not really a chutes review because we took a wrong turn. By wife and I are beginner weekend warriors (going every week for about 2 1.5 months now) and were going to do Wier Canyon loop after parking at Santiago Oaks, then decided to go ahead and try Chutes. Bad news is we didn't have our book with us, so, after taking the right at the trail sign (we did the hard way, not the top of Robber's - and yes, we walked it some!) and riding along the fun ridge, we decided to take a right toward the dam instead of one of the lefts. We now know right means Waterfall and left means Chutes. So...we ended up walking 90% of waterfall. Tomorrow, we'll go back and try chutes! At our level, we don't see how anyone gets down Waterfall and would love to watch some time. We talked to some riders who we now realize were coming off Chutes (came out of the wash near Irvine Park). They were calling it Zips, but everything I've read indicates that was Chutes. Does anyone else out there refer to a trail in that area as Zips, or was that Chutes? We also took the first trail to the right after taking the right before Robbers. This has some really fun areas (trail ended in an 8' drop or choice of going throuhg a cactus-heavy, narrow s/t that seemed to dead-end). As indicated in other reviews (here and socalmtb.com), you pretty much have to hike out of this area. We ended up back on the Anaheim/Oak Trail between the two gates and that's when we went on to the ridge and waterfall. Tech rating of five is for Waterfall! Aerobic rating is for the ride we actually did, which includes the Three Biotches (overrate - not so bad) and the drop/climb bypass to Robber's. Overall rating is for our ride and the obviously excellent variety of trails in the area.

Customer Service

If you're not an advanced rider, don't take waterfall (although it is cool even while hiking down!). Actual Chutes review will follow soon...

Similar Products Used:

Wier Canyon Loop (from the dead-end parking spots in the neighborhood and via the cul-de-sac) seemed really nice, but short. Peters Canyon has some steep climbs and downhills, but they're really short and this park gets repetitive. Horse Shoe Loop around Irvine Park has some fun areas, but is pretty easy.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 26, 2004]
ruderob
Cross Country Rider

An excellent ride with a variety of technical challenges to make it interesting. The three B's provide an excellent conditioning component while the chutes are sure to offer up a nice shot of adrenaline for all. The singletrack makes for an entertaining DH and cactus borders help you keep focus. Overall a very entertaing ride and I look forward to doing it again soon.

Customer Service

Up and Down the Three B's and follow the trail to the "chutes." Drop in the first or second group of chutes and enjoy the single track DH to the park entrance.

Similar Products Used:

Aliso Viejo (Lion Country Safari)and Widing Ranch.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 21, 2000]
curtis

Chutes is very fun. semi technical. all downhill.

Customer Service

Start at the west side of Irvine Park. Take any of the three trials north. You will eventually ride past a dam and down to Santiago Oaks Regional Park. From there, take the STEEP climb up towards Anaheim Hills. When you see the AH neighborhood, keep going straight through the fence. Once at the top, stay on the fireroad and go the the right. Take a short singletrack that heads east and then south. At the end of this short singletrack, keep going straight up a short climb. Then you will descend for about 0.5 miles w/ some slight climbing at the end. Chutes will be on the left side. Ride Chutes all the way down to Irvine Park.

Similar Products Used:

waterfall is an advanced to extreme trail (located on the right side after you see Chutes on the left). There are some other extreme trails in the area, but they don't have names.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 06, 2000]

This trail ROCKs so do all the surrounding trails!

Customer Service

Start at the end of Point Premier. Follow the unfinished road down until you meet the end of pavement. Continue downhill, you know you are on the right track when you meet some slight switchbacks. Follow the trail untill you are at a junction, to the right is the short singletrack to Robbers Peak, to the left is Chutes and waterfall.

Similar Products Used:

ummm, lots but I don't know the names

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 11, 2001]
Julian

This is a really fun trail. For added appeal, drop right off the initial fireroad at about 1 mile mark on to a singletrack that parallels the fireroad. It ends up at the same place.
The steep series of climbs can be challenging especially if the dirt is loose, and they will definitely raise your heart rate. No shade either, so beware of hot days.
From the top, there is nothing but fun. The singletrack is rocky (Not loose), fast, windy, and provides plenty of opportunities to get air. Chutes is very steep and technical and can be scary for a novice. Not much room for error, but a total blast!

Intermediate/Advanced

Customer Service

Park in Albertsons shopping center on the corner of Chapman / Jamboree. Ride up Jamboree toward the hills and veer left when the road winds to the right. This is the trail head. Jump on the trail and take an immediate left onto a fireroad that leads you behind some houses and a cemetary. Stay on this to the ~2 mile mark where you wind up at a paved road. Follow the paved road to the right for 50yds or so, and then back down on a short, steep horse trail. Veer right at the bottom and follow the trail around to the left then right at every junction. This should lead you to a series of three steep climbs. After the second climb, stay to the right and climb up toward a huge rock sitting on top of a peak (Robber's Peak). Keep going 'til you briefly hit another paved road and stay right until you get to a plateau at the ~4 mile mark(Private Lot) Rest here for a few, then cross the lot and head down a technical singletrack which dumps you out on a doublewide to a short climb. Keep following this trail to about the 5.5 mile mark where you'll see a trail dropping off to the left (Chutes). Take Chutes down the initial steep rocky section, veer left at the "Y" and continue down until it dumps you out at a sandy wash. Cross the wash and climb up back to a fireroad trail which will lead you back to where you started. (~7 Miles)

Similar Products Used:

Peter's Canyon, Whiting Ranch (Easy).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 15, 2001]
Craig

I ride this loop every weekend with my son but instead of starting at Irvine Park we start at the bottom of Peter's Canyon which adds about three miles one way and is a good warm up for the "three *itches" that lead up to Robbers Peak.

After resting atop Robbers Peak we head down the single track that leads to the Chute but instead of doing the Chute we turn left on the trail and head to the Weir Canyon loop. The Weir loop is about four miles long, is mostly double track and has lots of tight uphill and downhill turns. It's very scenic and fun to rip on. We then head back through Irvine Park, stop at Switchback Cyclery in the Albertsons shopping center to say hello to Tim and Sherry there and then through Peter's and back to the starting point.

This is some of the best mountain biking I've found in the area and has a little bit of everything that makes riding so much fun. The total loop is about 19 miles and is a great workout. I haven't tired of it yet and the view from Robbers Peak is spectacular.

Customer Service

Same as Julian's.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 11, 2002]
Steve

My favorite or most ridden loop takes me about an hour and 20 minutes. Start at the corner of Katella and Jamboree, head down the dirt access road, turn left onto a short single track to the wash, cross the wash (sandy/rock and technical) follow the tracks to the left (off the main trail) and head into the forest (I call this the Black Forest, the Black Forest is about 1.5 miles of great windy single track through very dense forest with tons of fallen trees, their are a bunch of built up obstacle like log crossings ramps, boards, etc built in the area wich make it extra fun. After the forest head over Santaigo Dam to Santaigo Oaks Park, through the park to the three Bitches and up to Robbers Peak (dirt road). The Three B's are a good combo of short and steep uphills garanteed to pump the best of riders. Once at the top head down the ridge and up to the next peak. Just before the second peak (no-name?) head right onto another single track, called Wiggles (most common name). Wiggles is about 1.5 miles of great, fast, super windy downhill single track. At the bottom head up the single track to the left top the ridge. This is a very challanging uphill section (I've never made it totally from the bottom, almost though). After you get back to the ridge, turn right to the Chutes. There are two enterance to the left, separated by about 50 feet. The Chutes is a little over a mile of great, fast, semi technical single track (unfortunatly its only a little over a mile). Once at the bottom cross the sandy wash and up the otherside. Follow the trail to the second right single track, take this back to the Black Forest and do it backwards back to Katella. your done.

Customer Service

The area has some of the funnist, although short, trails around (five star for quality but shortness drops it down a star or two. This is killer 1 to 2 hour ridding area. I live in the area and ride the chutes and other trailes about three times a week. Probably my favorite loop is start at the corner of Katella and Jamboree, ride the Black Forest, down to Santiago Oaks OPPark, up the three Bitches, down to wiggles, left up to the ridge and down the chutes back through the Black Forest, I've never measured it but its about 8 to miles and has it all except a water crossing (since we are in a drought).

Similar Products Used:

Watrefall, three drops, Barham Rack Ridgeline, the Ironman and some others with no-name. All of these can be added to a loop varation.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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