San Juan Loop - Trail, San Juan Capistrano, California

San Juan Loop - Trail, San Juan Capistrano, California

DESCRIPTION

This is a county trail. The trail will start off as a relatively steep dirt fireroad. Once you get to the top, there are multiple ridge line single tracks (all types of terrain). Keep the attitude at home! Have fun!

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[Mar 08, 2007]
Sean
Downhiller

Since I live here I ride here about 3 X's a week. Super fun trails and a ton of single tracks. Everyone need to say thanks to the BGR and Buy My Bikes guys for making these trails. Lately I've been running into a lot of Guys/Kids on moto's up here, NOT COOL! I ride a moto and know there's a time a place for it. In the hills of SJC is not the place. If you see guys riding Motos or Wheelin trucks let them know to beat it.

Customer Service

Ride up through Capistrano Estates, take the asphalt road at the rear up to the water storage, hang a left and ride up the fire road. After about 1 mile hang a right and go around the big hill to the left. There's a fun little drop here. Follow the single track at the base of the hill back up the fire road. From here I'll go left for about 1/2 mile then head right up the fire road to the valley. If you look to the right you will see a single track, this will gradually get you higher. Or if you head out left, up another fire road there is another single track to the right all the way down.

Similar Products Used:

San Juan Trail for weekends...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 20, 2001]
Kirk

Take the fireroad to the electical/water tank on the top. Directly infront (South), there is a wonderful technical single track trail that will take you up to the ridge-line. The single track trail will run into a fireroad. Go right and ride the ridge line WEST. It will be one of the best ridge line routes around (GREAT VIEWS of DANA POINT and SAN CLEMENTE). You can drop off any of the single tracks that go down, but make sure that you go back up to that same ridge-line and ride the ridge line (FIRE ROAD) EAST. Keep following the ridgeline EAST and you will find some wonderful up and down hills. It will eventually go WEST AGAIN. As soon climb the short hill West, you will see a steep single track going on the left. Take that up a short hill and you will have a nice technical downhill. Stay right down a fireroad and let it fly (40MPH). At the bottom take a short left and stay on the EAST ridgeline. This trail will take you past the dump and may have to open some horse gates, but that is no problem. Remember: This is a county trail so keep the attitude at home and enjoy the scenic ride and explore. It's about a 3 hour ride.

Customer Service

Take the fireroad to the electical/water tank on the top. Directly infront (South), there is a wonderful technical single track trail that will take you up to the ridge-line. The single track trail will run into a fireroad. Go right and ride the ridge line WEST. It will be one of the best ridge line routes around (GREAT VIEWS of DANA POINT and SAN CLEMENTE). You can drop off any of the single tracks that go down, but make sure that you go back up to that same ridge-line and ride the ridge line (FIRE ROAD) EAST. Keep following the ridgeline EAST and you will find some wonderful up and down hills. It will eventually go WEST AGAIN. As soon climb the short hill West, you will see a steep single track going on the left. Take that up a short hill and you will have a nice technical downhill. Stay right down a fireroad and let it fly (40MPH). At the bottom take a short left and stay on the EAST ridgeline. This trail will take you past the dump and may have to open some horse gates, but that is no problem. Remember: This is a county trail so keep the attitude at home and enjoy the scenic ride and explore. It's about a 3 hour ride.

Similar Products Used:

San Juan Trail (Off Ortega)

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 30, 2001]
Brett

Ride to top of San Juan Loop and stay on ridge line and heand to Capo Becah, watch out for high bushes and holes in the ground (Make sure your brakes work well). After you go west head east after view of Dana Point harbor, about a mile east head right to south, There is a great single track heading up and down the hills. On April 26th I only ran into 4 other bikers so you will have plenty of space to hall butt...

Customer Service

San Juan Loop Back Side

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You will run into a few other trails if you stay on the ridge line ( I have never rode them )

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 30, 2001]
Terry

This is a very nice off-road mountain bike trail (County Managed with Beach Views). There are a lot of single tracks for advanced bikers and fire roads for intermediate. The trail can vary from very step to gradual climb. If you live in South County (Beach Area) and want an excellent close trail to ride, try this one. Don't ride in the dump area or they may close this trail to mountain bikers. My friends and I are going to start riding this everyweek. It's local and there are lots of trails (single tracks and fire roads). Explore and have fun! Keep the attitude at home! Enjoy! 4 TIRES for FUN!

Customer Service

From the trail head (above the San Juan Hills Country Club), take the fireroad to the top (keep in in low gear) in front of the electrical/water tank and head west on the fireroad. When you get to the ridgeline trail head east on the ridgeline. It's very scenic with up and down terrain. You can see beaches of San Clemente, Capistrano and Dana Point. The trail can be very technical if you drop in on any of the single tracks off the ridgeline. Every single track trail will end up on the fire road so don't worry just take it slow on the steep sections. When you are done exploring the west ridge take the fire road south-east from the electrical/ water tank. The fire road will eventually go east like a roller coaster ride. It's a lot of fun! You can take an excellent single track on the right or just west of the Solag San Juan Dump. Do not ride in to the dump or they may close this area down for mountain bikers. If you stay just west of the dump, ride the single track south and you will eventually end up on Camino de los Mares. Take the first street left and head up the hill south... and this will take you to the San Clemente ridge line with more off-road trails. Now, if you decide not to take the west of the S.J. Dump trail, stay on the North of the S.J. Dump and take it north-east... and you will have a wonderful trail that will end up near Ortega Highway. You may have to open some horse gates, but that is no problem because this trail is county operated and it's for horses, hikers and bikers. Have fun and explore!

Similar Products Used:

Aliso Woods Canyon & El Moro Canyon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 08, 2001]
Darrel

Take the trail up and make a left. You will see a relatively steep climb for about 3/4 miles. You are know heading west towards the beach on the summit trail. When the hill plateaus make a right. This will be a very very very steep hill (RATED 5 Chillis for steepness!!!). Once you get to the top, it will be a huge rollercoaster ride up and down. Let it fly! You can take this nice trail until you can see Dana Point or drop into one of the single track trails on the right. The first one is the steepest and most challenging. It right when the trail starts to head to San Juan. If you take the first single track, be careful because it's very steep (5 chillies!!!!). The second singletrack is longer and technical. All the trails are makeable, but go slow and apply breaks evenly. Be careful! When you get down to the fireroad take it north-west until you see the electical tank. Take a breath because there is a great single track directly on the hill side of the elecrical tank. It's a lot of fun to ride this single track back up to the summit. When you get to the summit, go West towards Dana Point. Near the Dana Point end of the summit trail there will be a steep techincal single track. Be careful! Make a right at the bottom and head back East. You are now on the San Juan side going east. Climb up the hill to get back on the summit trail or the San Juan Loop trail. It will take you east again. You can ride down that same single track that you climbed in front of the electrial station. However, once at the elecrical station, go south-east. If you go east after the third roller coaster dip, make a quick "V" right for about 50 feet. You will see a great single track roller coaster trail on the west side of the dump. Let it fly! You will have a blast going down this 3 hill roller coaster. When you get to the end it will get very steep. Watch out! You will finally end up on Camino del Estrella. Take the first right up the paved road and you will be back at your vehical. Take a fuel break at Wahoo's Fish Tacos on Camino del Estrella and ride the trails again. There are a lot more wonderful trails to explore on the far south-west ridge and east of the dump. Have fun!

Customer Service

I rode this trial on the back side of the San Juan Loop Trail and it was great! Take 1-5 South from L.A. and get off at Camino de Estrella in San Clemente (Head EAST toward the hills. You will pass Wahoo's Fish Tacos on the left and the San Clemente Hospital on the right. Keep on driving east until Camino de Estrella ends. Make a left just before the road ends and park when the hill plateaus (You will see a huge house on the right). Ride up the paved road until you see the dirt trail on the right. You are know on the San Clemente side of the San Juan Loop Trail. Take the trail up and make a left. You will see a relatively steep climb for about 3/4 miles. You are know heading west towards the beach on the summit trail. When the hill plateaus make a right. This will be a very very very steep hill (RATED 5 Chillis for steepness!!!). Once you get to the top, it will be a huge rollercoaster ride up and down. Let it fly! You can take this nice trail until you can see Dana Point or drop into one of the single track trails on the right. The first one is the steepest and most challenging. It right when the trail starts to head to San Juan. If you take the first single track, be careful because it's very steep (5 chillies!!!!). The second singletrack is longer and technical. All the trails are makeable, but go slow and apply breaks evenly. Be careful! When you get down to the fireroad take it north-west until you see the electical tank. Take a breath because there is a great single track directly on the hill side of the elecrical tank. It's a lot of fun to ride this single track back up to the summit. When you get to the summit, go West towards Dana Point. Near the Dana Point end of the summit trail there will be a steep techincal single track. Be careful! Make a right at the bottom and head back East. You are now on the San Juan side going east. Climb up the hill to get back on the summit trail or the San Juan Loop trail. It will take you east again. You can ride down that same single track that you climbed in front of the electrial station. However, once at the elecrical station, go south-east. If you go east after the third roller coaster dip, make a quick "V" right for about 50 feet. You will see a great single track roller coaster trail on the west side of the dump. Let it fly! You will have a blast going down this 3 hill roller coaster. When you get to the end it will get very steep. Watch out! You will finally end up on Camino del Estrella. Take the first right up the paved road and you will be back at your vehical. Take a fuel break at Wahoo's Fish Tacos on Camino del Estrella and ride the trails again. There are a lot more wonderful trails to explore on the far south-west ridge and east of the dump. Have fun!

Similar Products Used:

San Juan Trail (Ortega Highway), Aliso Woods Canyon or El Moro.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 09, 2001]
Jim

Here are detail driving directions to the trailhead in San Juan Capistrano:
I-5 from the North: Get off at San Juan Creek Road (Camino Capistrano). East on Camino Capistrano and turn right at the first light San Juan Creek Road and head under the freeway.
I-5 from the South: Get off at San Juan Creek Road. Left on Valle Road and make a right on San Juan Creek Road.
When you are on San Juan Creek Road (East), you will pass the The San Juan Hills Golf Course on the right. Make a RIGHT at the stop light on LA Novia Ave. Drive up the hill and make a LEFT on Via Montoya. Drive up on Via Montoya and park just before Cerro Rebal. The parking is free and the trailhead in in front of Cerro Rebal on Via Montoya. The trailhead says, "Eagle Loop" but the real name is "San Juan Loop." Take this Fireroad to the top where the electrical building is located. Directly in front of the elecrical building there is a great single track trail that will take you to the summit trail. When you are on the summit trail, you can go east or west. If you go east, there is a very steep single track trail on your left as soon as the roller coaster ride starts. It drops back down to the fireroad. It's makeable, but go very slow. When you are at the bottom take that fireroad south-west. it will start climbing back up on the back side of the San Juan Loop trail and connect on the summit trail. Take the summit trail north-west and you there will be a very steep hill. Keep it in low gear and head towards Dana Point on the summit trail. At the end it becomes a steep single track. Go slow! Head back east on the trail just below the ridgeline. Stay on this and head past the dump. Explore and open the cow gates. This is a county trail and mountain bikers are welcome. On the way back you must take the rollercoaster single track just on the west side of the dump. Keep the speeds down after the 3rd dip because it's very steep. Have fun!

Customer Service

Here are detail driving directions to the trailhead in San Juan Capistrano:
I-5 from the North: Get off at San Juan Creek Road (Camino Capistrano). East on Camino Capistrano and turn right at the first light San Juan Creek Road and head under the freeway.
I-5 from the South: Get off at San Juan Creek Road. Left on Valle Road and make a right on San Juan Creek Road.
When you are on San Juan Creek Road (East), you will pass the The San Juan Hills Golf Course on the right. Make a RIGHT at the stop light on LA Novia Ave. Drive up the hill and make a LEFT on Via Montoya. Drive up on Via Montoya and park just before Cerro Rebal. The parking is free and the trailhead in in front of Cerro Rebal on Via Montoya. The trailhead says, "Eagle Loop" but the real name is "San Juan Loop." Take this Fireroad to the top where the electrical building is located. Directly in front of the elecrical building there is a great single track trail that will take you to the summit trail. When you are on the summit trail, you can go east or west. If you go east, there is a very steep single track trail on your left as soon as the roller coaster ride starts. It drops back down to the fireroad. It's makeable, but go very slow. When you are at the bottom take that fireroad south-west. it will start climbing back up on the back side of the San Juan Loop trail and connect on the summit trail. Take the summit trail north-west and you there will be a very steep hill. Keep it in low gear and head towards Dana Point on the summit trail. At the end it becomes a steep single track. Go slow! Head back east on the trail just below the ridgeline. Stay on this and head past the dump. Explore and open the cow gates. This is a county trail and mountain bikers are welcome. On the way back you must take the rollercoaster single track just on the west side of the dump. Keep the speeds down after the 3rd dip because it's very steep. Have fun!

Similar Products Used:

San Juan Trail (Ortega Highway)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 21, 2002]
Rick

A+++ Single Tracks with Switchbacks.

Customer Service

Exit Camino Del Los Mares in San Clemente. Go East until the road ends. Park on the last street on the left. Ride up the dirt road at the end of Camino del Los Mares in San Clemente. Take the dirt road North-West to San Juan Capistrano. Keep on going up the hill towards Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano. These are some very cool single tracks on top. Keep the speeds down because the single tracks with switchbacks are very steep.

Similar Products Used:

Aliso Woods and San Juan Hills

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 21, 2002]
Michael

I highly recommend the San Juan Hills Trail because it's very close to the City of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. Drive to the end of Camino del Los Mares (EAST) from San Clemente. On the drive back to the 5 Freeway, stop by Wahoo's Fish Tacos on the right side. The Freeway Exit in San Clemente is Camino del Estrella (EAST) and it will be come Camino del Los Mares. Park at the end of the street and ride up the single track/fire road until you reach the top. On the other side you will see many wonderful singletracks (4 or 5 Chillies for steepness). Be careful and ride safe!

Customer Service

I highly recommend the San Juan Hills Trail because it's very close to the City of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. Drive to the end of Camino del Los Mares (EAST) from San Clemente. On the drive back to the 5 Freeway, stop by Wahoo's Fish Tacos on the right side. The Freeway Exit in San Clemente is Camino del Estrella (EAST) and it will be come Camino del Los Mares. Park at the end of the street and ride up the single track/fire road until you reach the top. On the other side you will see many wonderful singletracks (4 or 5 Chillies for steepness). Be careful and ride safe!

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El Moro and Laguna Woods.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 01, 2002]
Don

I would highly recommend this trail. It's very close to Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. There are many great vista overlooking these cities. There are many steep singletracks to be careful. The climb is fun, but the decent is even better. To get there and the trail that I recommend is near the top of San Juan Golf Course (next to the entrance on HOLE #13) there is a single track trail that climbs to a fireroad. Take the fireroad up to the water tower. In front of the water tower, take the single track up to the top of the next fireroad. Lower your seat, and take the fireroad WEST (to Dana Point). After you see an AMERICAN FLAG and just down that hill make a LEFT on a very cool singletrack. This singletrack will head EAST for approx. 1 mile and then it will start climbing for another mile. Once you are at the top, go directly south up a short steep hill (towards San Clemente). About 30 yards, you will start the decent on the left side downhill on a twisted singletrack for 1/4 mile. At the bottom continue riding south (you will climb another hill) to San Clemente. After riding for another 1/2 mile, you will see the best singletrack on the LEFT (before the water tank). Becareful! This singletrack is about 1 mile and it will start off slow, but it will become relatively steep (it's makeable). At the bottom, you will be on Camino del Los Mares. Once at the bottom, ride Camino del Los Mares EAST until it deadends. You will see a singletrack heading back to San Juan Capistrano, but you will take that trail West to Dana Point. On the way up, you will see some ADVANCED (STEEP) singletrack trails coming down the back side of San Juan Hills. Lower your seat and take one of them down and then ride back to your car the way you came up. Enjoy these trails! These are the BEST and closest trails to San Clemente/Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano. I like these trails better than Aliso Woods Canyon. The ride will take about 2 hours. Sometimes I park at 24 Hour Fitness next to the Freeway in San Juan Capistrano and ride up from there. Again, take the singletrack up, just next to the San Juan Hills Golf Course #13 HOLE ENTRANCE. It's very cool and it's a great workout!

Customer Service

I would highly recommend this trail. It's very close to Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. There are many great vista overlooking these cities. There are many steep singletracks to be careful. The climb is fun, but the decent is even better. To get there and the trail that I recommend is near the top of San Juan Golf Course (next to the entrance on HOLE #13) there is a single track trail that climbs to a fireroad. Take the fireroad up to the water tower. In front of the water tower, take the single track up to the top of the next fireroad. Lower your seat, and take the fireroad WEST (to Dana Point). After you see an AMERICAN FLAG and just down that hill make a LEFT on a very cool singletrack. This singletrack will head EAST for approx. 1 mile and then it will start climbing for another mile. Once you are at the top, go directly south up a short steep hill (towards San Clemente). About 30 yards, you will start the decent on the left side downhill on a twisted singletrack for 1/4 mile. At the bottom continue riding south (you will climb another hill) to San Clemente. After riding for another 1/2 mile, you will see the best singletrack on the LEFT (before the water tank). Becareful! This singletrack is about 1 mile and it will start off slow, but it will become relatively steep (it's makeable). At the bottom, you will be on Camino del Los Mares. Once at the bottom, ride Camino del Los Mares EAST until it deadends. You will see a singletrack heading back to San Juan Capistrano, but you will take that trail West to Dana Point. On the way up, you will see some ADVANCED (STEEP) singletrack trails coming down the back side of San Juan Hills. Lower your seat and take one of them down and then ride back to your car the way you came up. Enjoy these trails! These are the BEST and closest trails to San Clemente/Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano. I like these trails better than Aliso Woods Canyon. The ride will take about 2 hours. Sometimes I park at 24 Hour Fitness next to the Freeway in San Juan Capistrano and ride up from there. Again, take the singletrack up, just next to the San Juan Hills Golf Course #13 HOLE ENTRANCE. It's very cool and it's a great workout!

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Try this one! It's FREEWAY close and there are some very, very cool BEG. to ADVANCED TRAILS. Unlike Aliso Woods Canyon, the trails DO NOT have signs that say "Trail Closed."

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 21, 2003]
Softcoconut

It,s not the best place to ride but it is different than Aliso/Woods, Moro,Whiting,or Sadleback. Mostly fire roads with a few single tracks here and there can be made into nice loop. Don't run here as your first choice ride in the area but don't forget about it either.

Customer Service

Same as rest ending at Wahoo's.

Similar Products Used:

Lynx, Rock-it, Whiting Ranch

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
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