Santiago Oaks - Trail, Orange, California

Santiago Oaks - Trail, Orange, California

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 02, 2015]
vincentwu817
Cross Country Rider

This is a very nice park-type mountain biking trail network. The trails are well maintained and groomed. Weekends are extremely busy here, could be comparable to the 405 on an weekday afternoon. The park pertains to more towards the types of riders that enjoys more technical features and fast downhill runs. The trails are definitely much more technical than other trails in the area.

For those who enjoy climbing actual mountains, this park probably would not cut it. The scenery does not change up and you are essentially just looping different sections of the park. The climbs here (especially 3Bs) are exaggerated. There aren't anything too challenging in terms of an extended climb, but if you are looking for a flowy technical single track in a park-like setting, you will enjoy this place.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 27, 2011]
bobwalk
Racer

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!

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

Whiting Ranch/STT to the Luge
Aliso Woods
El Moro/Laguna Canyon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 06, 2010]
ezirydr
Weekend Warrior

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

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 08, 2010]
Fredooo
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 28, 2009]
chasnjasn
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 25, 2008]
LAKERMN
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used:

Not yet.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 09, 2004]
4banger-plus8
Weekend Warrior

As long as your williing to go up the 3 B1tches which really arn't that bad the rest of he ride is well worth it. If you wana do the fun stuff at the top of the three b1tches the rule of thumb is to stay to the right. Until the end of the ride where at the end there is a small drop I think it is about four to five feet u can make it bigger but it fust depends on how fast you hit it. There are two other drops before that the first is way fun its about 8 feet really cool. O and if you have never done a drop the last one is really good to learn on cause its sandy at the end so if you fall it dosnt hurt.

Similar Products Used:

Peters Canyon sucks don't go there Whiting ranch Carbon Canyon Aliso Woods well worth the drive

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 13, 2002]
Lefty

The 3 bitches is actually only one long climb, with three plateaus that allow you to get your heart rate down. Waterfall is my favorite piece of singletrack in all of orange county. It is steep and sometimes loose. Its a contolled slide 50% of the time.

Customer Service

Climb the 3 bitches, and do 2 or three lower loops. The longer back loop is boring. I prefer to come down waterfall. It drops down the opposite side of the ridge from Chutes, just 10 yards past the chutes.

Similar Products Used:

Aliso Woods(Linx, Rockit, JT's, Carwreck, Hawkdrop, Redrider). San Juan trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 07, 2002]
Steve

This is a great place. There is stuff for the worst beginning rider ever all the way through a moderate to maybe even advanced rider to have fun. Its not the greatest most challenging adrenaline pumping ride out there but it works for some fun on a tight schedule.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 03, 2003]
Lance

I went up the 3 Biotches and cut the trail short, I think. I rode this trail only once and discovered it is far too advanced at points for me. There is a descent that is rather long that goes steeply down and is about 95% uneven rocky terrain. I did an endo and have been off my bike for 3 weeks trying to heel my shoulder. The later part of the trail would defintely be for advanced only but there is also plenty of flat trails for the beginner. Think I learned my lesson. The whole trail is probably better. Get a map and enjoy, but beware of the rocky descent near the end.

Customer Service

Follow other reviewers directions.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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