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Both of those are confusing, especially the first one that shows photos - some of which are looking at the trail in the reverse direction, so you may never actually see that view.

Your best bet is to get to the courthouse parking lot at 8:00 am on a Saturday or Sunday, and pick up with a group who's riding. Most people would be glad to show you around.

I'm sure there are GPS maps of the loop that you could load onto your GPS, and simply follow those. It's not an easy loop to navigate if you don't know your way around it.
 

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Oliver said:
Fullerton loop sucks, save your energy.
Yeah, it sucks for people who have their head up their A$$. But it's great for those who enjoy riding bicycles. And it's great for riding a cyclocross bike.
 

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Fullerton loop sucks, save your energy.
Why? Because it doesn't have super technical trails?

There are plenty of nice & technical trails in Jersey, that I can get my fill.
 

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Why? Because it doesn't have super technical trails?

There are plenty of nice & technical trails in Jersey, that I can get my fill.
It is just a **** trail, no matter what anyone says. It is mixture of poor quality dirt trails, with some street riding thrown in. I guess if it was your only option you would ride it, but why, when there are tons of other places to ride in Orange County.

The only one with their head up their @$$ would be the one that thinks this is a quality ride!
 

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tn, the second map (the google map) misses a nice chunk of the trail on the northwest corner.

blaster's idea is best - hook up with some others who know the route.

oliver, the loop will never be a great mb ride, but for those of us who live within pedaling distance, it's great for a quick workout. I'm glad it's here, but I can't imagine driving to it from, say, Long Beach!
 

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tn, the second map (the google map) misses a nice chunk of the trail on the northwest corner.

blaster's idea is best - hook up with some others who know the route.

oliver, the loop will never be a great mb ride, but for those of us who live within pedaling distance, it's great for a quick workout. I'm glad it's here, but I can't imagine driving to it from, say, Long Beach!
Let's just say... If I had a car when I visit my parents...yeah, I'd be hitting something more technical.

Maybe if I can get a job out there...I can move from the East coast to the West Coast... then I would drive out to the more technical stuff
 

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Grampa. I live in Long Beach and i ride the loop all the time because my only other close choice is the San Grabrel riverbed which i do ride with one of my road bikes. 55 miles to the dam and back. I also like Chino Hills because nobody goes there anymore and there is still some singletrack. Altho i am trying to talk the boss (wife) in moving to Big Bear, but she still works, so she wants to keep her job in L.B. So, go easy on some of us who arn't that close to the good trails.
 

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My girlfriend and I just got mtbs but we're basically new riders. The guy at my LBS suggested the Fullerton Loop so we were going to check it out this weekend. It looks pretty flat and a short enough distance for us noobs.

If its hard to follow the trail what are some other suggestions for an easy ride that will get us on some dirt? Maybe we'll look up the groups.

I'm coming from Long Beach ironically...
 

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My girlfriend and I just got mtbs but we're basically new riders. The guy at my LBS suggested the Fullerton Loop so we were going to check it out this weekend. It looks pretty flat and a short enough distance for us noobs.

If its hard to follow the trail what are some other suggestions for an easy ride that will get us on some dirt? Maybe we'll look up the groups.

I'm coming from Long Beach ironically...
You guys should join the Fully loop Social and Tea Party!!!
 

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Flat, easy ride

Fullerton loop is not totally flat, you can try the loop around Peter's Canyon lake...that is flat. Peter's Canyon is near the 241 and Santiago (Katella) intersection in Orange County.
 

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Fullerton loop is not totally flat, you can try the loop around Peter's Canyon lake...that is flat. Peter's Canyon is near the 241 and Santiago (Katella) intersection in Orange County.
Thanks, we hiked Peter's Canyon not too long ago and kind of put it on our mental to do list when we got bikes. Maybe we'll try that this weekend instead.
 

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Some other flat dirt can be found in the wash between Santiago Oaks and Irvine regional park. Easy to spot on Google Maps, satellite view. You can ride there from Peter's Canyon, too.
 

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The loop around the lake at Peter's Canyon is definitely beginner level, but it is not flat. In fact there's a couple of steep --although short and non-technical -- climbs to get over the dam. Then there's the rutted and winding single track leading down the back side of the dam. Not even the fire road that runs through the center of the park is flat.

And when I don't have time or daylight to do the 3Bs at Santiago or the climb up to Serrano Ridge at Quail Hill, I'll do the Big Red route at Peters just to get a quick leg burn.

I say to each his own when it comes to trail preference, but there is no comparison between Fullerton and Peters Canyon as far as climbing goes.
 

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I wouldn't ride the loop unescorted the first time like I did. the trail stops and starts sometimes a blocks away. be prepared for a steep climb somewhere near the top of the loop. it's all fire road type of riding. but its dirts. at the end of the trail I made a right turn instead of a left just before the courthouse and ended up several miles away. bring plenty of water. my first looped took over 4 hours after taking several wrong turns.

yes I had fun!
 

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I wouldn't ride the loop unescorted the first time like I did. the trail stops and starts sometimes a blocks away. be prepared for a steep climb somewhere near the top of the loop. it's all fire road type of riding. but its dirts. at the end of the trail I made a right turn instead of a left just before the courthouse and ended up several miles away. bring plenty of water. my first looped took over 4 hours after taking several wrong turns.

yes I had fun!
I did ride Sunday with my girlfriend (didn't get there early enough to ride with a group) but I put the route on my gps and printed out the turn by turn directions on geoladders. We still ended up making a few wrong turns and had to double back a couple times but I can't imagine doing it without a good map.

The hills were a little tough but we both had a blast and will probably do it again soon. It took us around 3 hours with several breaks.

+1 on bring plenty of water. It was warm but the two of us went through one bottle and one camelback and were empty for about the last mile.
 
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