San Juan Trail - TRAIL

San Juan Trail - Trail, San Juan Capistrano, California

Fun, technical, dangerous, the best of the Cleveland National Forest

User Reviews (56)

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ikki831   Weekend Warrior [Feb 17, 2012]

This is my favorite trail I've ridden so far! I used to climb this trail. It is allot of work but it is totally worth the brutal climb. Pushig your pace on the downhill to where your feeling alittle out of control all the way down is what makes this trail such a blast and my favorite. It's got fast sections, chunky sections, ruts, tight switchbacks, great views. Such a blast! I've moved to northern cal and am planning a road trip just to hit this trail again soon.

Similar Products Used: Aliso Woods: Telonics, Red Rock, Lynx
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5
VALUE
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4
Varaxis   Weekend Warrior [Jan 01, 2011]

AMAZING TRAIL! Best I've ever ridden, coming from FL, NY (Hudson Valley-Catskills), and new to SoCal. Totally worth the trip out there. 1h 30m of straight climbing got me to Blue Jay, just past the San Juan Restoration Trail sign. Took me 30 mins to bomb back down--the most fun I ever had right there, though I admit I was going a bit too fast to really slow down for the climbers. It's narrow and super flowy, with lots of twists and bermed turns with an amazing view. Lots of switchbacks too. I wish I had caught it on film with a GoPro. I once had to use a bush to help stop me and the guy yelled at me. I was all in armor, but was on a HT. You do not need a FS bike for this, at least if you're skilled (I only started MTB this year and had my MTB for 2 months).

Customer Service

Highway 74 into the Santa Ana mountains. Turn into Laz-E Ranch and park at the end to pedal up. Not sure which way the shuttles go.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Jeff Dotson   Downhiller [Aug 03, 2010]

This is a very fun trail! I highly recommend bringing a extra tube and gear in case of a flat. I've seen many riders walking down the trail with a flat tire. But don't let that scare you, the trail is a lot of fun, with all kinds of terrain, switchbacks, and beautiful scenery.

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5
VALUE
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4
S-man   Cross Country Rider [Jul 28, 2008]

This is a great trail. about a 8-10 mile incline. Downhill is worth the climb. Great terrain, smoothe trail, some soft spots but nothing major. A good number of switchbacks that weren't that great for the downhill but made an interesting up hill. Broke up the great downhill too much. Not a lot of real technical areas but some good rock gardens and rock climbs. You can definately get some great speed on the way down. Be sure to watch for riders heading up the hill as you descend. It took me a little over 2 hours to complete the uphill, not in the best shape anymore. But was worth the 1 hour descent. Hope to do this trail again.

Customer Service

North from SD, take the ortega exit. Take the left just before the ranger station thats on the right. About 2-4 miles down the road park at the clearing on the left under the tree canopy. Trail starts on the right.

Similar Products Used: Laguna trails
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4
VALUE
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4
Gorge Gorgonio   Weekend Warrior [Apr 28, 2007]

im gonna shuttle it this weekend on a 70lb downhill bike(12in. trave. f and r),, so all you loner xc dumbazzes coming up be careful or we:ll both end up dead.........xc on weekdays, downhill on weekends-thats how this trail should be. Im sick of these xc donkeys, go climb everest, or torture yourself some other way. be a real xcer and climb Santiago peak then down to Corona and back on the 91 to 55 to 5 to El Toro rd. Remember to wear tight pants. be a man and ride ur brakes uphill while ur at it. then do a triathalon, then post a comment on how rewarding it is to push ur body. im gonna shuttle it twice actually. if this was a one way only trail it would be downhill only, obviously...........find a trail where everyone can be safe,better yet get a road bike and ride hundreds of miles per day and be better than everyone else

Customer Service

shuttle downhill only, i prove my manliness at work

Similar Products Used: trails that loop so everyone goes one way(and there will be no biching from bich azzes)
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5
VALUE
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1
bikerneil   Cross Country Rider [Apr 20, 2007]

Absolutely beautiful and awesome single track trail. Parking at bottom and riding up is the way to go. 12 switchbacks at the start then it gets better. The grade up is very moderate - very easy to ride up as far as you want to go - the reward is the ride DOWN!

Customer Service

The directions to the trail are a little mis-leading: Take Ortega Highway 12 miles (not 8-10) until you come to the Ranger / Fire Station (there's also a sign to a campground at the turn). Follow that road about 1 mile to parking lot and bathroom at trailhead.
Heads up: take $5 for parking fee.

Similar Products Used: Whiting Ranch
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Dave   Cross Country Rider [Dec 04, 2006]

Great trail. Everybody has a different comfort level, but I'd call it moderately technical overall. A few spots are genuinely hard to clean coming uphill, especially when you're tired, and limited visibility can make some downhill sections a little iffy. The exposure does make it a little more exciting, so when in doubt, dial it back. Reminded me a lot of Browns Camp back home - a great place to hone your skills and get a good workout.

Customer Service

Up, bear left at the fork, loop around. Shuttle if you really hate climbing that much, but seriously - if you think you need a 40 pound yeti for that descent, you might want to think about getting a tippy cup too.

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5
VALUE
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4
CMFICSR20   Downhiller [Apr 15, 2006]

Really fun trail. I shuttle it but that's only cause I ride a 45+ lb downhill pig. And for anyone else riding a downhill, Be Careful!. If you are going fast enough to where you won't be able to stop for a xc riding coming up the hill then your going too fast. Other than that it's a real fun trail some good fast sections some cool little jumps on the way down. Don't slide evry turn it makes the trail all rutted and more difficult than it needs to be to ascend.

Customer Service

I chuttle. If you like uphill and have a a xc then pedal it.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
em_dee_aitch   Cross Country Rider [Aug 31, 2004]

I live in Austin but am lucky enough to have visited San Juan twice now. I just want to express dismay at all who advocate shuttling this course. You're totally missing the point. This trail is all about climbing -- there's nothing else to it. Though I dwell in the relatively flat "hill country," I suffered all the way to the top of this mother and thoroughly enjoyed the exhaustion and empty camelbak. My OC friends who are "locals" do find us out-of-towners amusing in that they take a mere 55 minutes to climb this beast whereas it takes me dang near 3 hours, but at least we're climbing. Shuttle?? I imagine the DH riders, who I got no grudge against, could find a much more interesting course with some sweet jumps (a la Napoleon Dynamite) or something. This one is totally non-technical, as I don't count erosion ruts in single track as a "technical" item. It's a non-technical climb with an amazing view (I give it a 2 for technicality only cuz of the switchbacks, which will throw flat-landers for a loop). Climb it, don't be a wuss. If you're all about DH, find something more extreme. To make this trail fun as a DH course, you'd have to go so fast as to kill the climbers... Overall a 5 for the sense of accomplishment you'll feel, and the view of course. And because the mountain lions didn't eat me.

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5
VALUE
RATING
4
red5   Downhiller [Jun 08, 2004]

Shuttle!!! That's the best way for me to ride this place. But I respect those who climb it, I've even done it myself a number of times. But I really enjoy hammering down the trail when I'm feeling fresh and not beat from the 2hr climb in the blistering 95* Cali heat. It's much more enjoyable. And I do my best to keep an eye out ahead for riders on the up and stop for them as I should. Though occassionally I'll admit to a slight mishap, though I've never hit anyone. More to the point I'd usually run myself into the bush if needed be. All in all, whatever you enjoy about riding it can be found here as long as it's not real technical. Most of the trail is pretty rolly and smooth, with a couple of short yet easy rock sections on the way down right after leaving cocktail rock. I'd say definitely on my top 5 fun shuttles in So.Cal. If you got the chance, I say giver a go.

Customer Service

Shuttle to BlueJay. Start down and at the Y go right for some good twisty tree strewn riding. At the 4 way go right again and after a bit of fast rutted trail, you'll come to a bit of a climb - start hiking. At the top head on down to Cocktail and make a right. Hand on from here cause it's pretty mcuch all downhill to the car park. Load up repeat!!

Similar Products Used: Santiago, Aliso Woods (esp: Teleonics) & VC.
OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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3
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