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Chiquito Trail via Blue Jay Campground

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The Chiquito Trail may seem like a short route down from Blue Jay campground, but don’t let the mileage fool you. And don’t think that just because this a shuttle ride that it’s going to be an easy downhill ride. It’s not! This trail has some of the most advanced technical features of the entire area.

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Chiquito Trail via the Upper San Juan Loop

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This route combines the upper section of the San Juan trail with the Viejo Tie and Chiquito trails. Although only 14 miles, it will feel like double that. This route for advanced and expert riders only. Count on 4+ hours of riding on 100% single track trails with plenty of rocks and some cliff exposure.

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Laguna Meadows to Noble Canyon

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Laguna Meadows to Noble Canyon Elevation Profile

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Maple Springs

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Maple Springs is the Silverado Canyon gateway to the Santa Ana Mountains. Popular destinations from this entry include the Maple Springs to Four Corners out and back ride, Santiago Peak, and for the ultra long distance riders, connections to Harding Truck Trail, Joplin, and Holy Jim.

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Noble Canyon

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If you’re going all the way to Pine Valley, California you may as well get the most you can out of one day of riding. And that’s why XEN MTB suggests starting Noble Canyon with a gentle ride through the Laguna Meadows. You’ll dodge cow pies on the trail and absorb the beautiful high country views and air.

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Noble Canyon via Pine Creek Road

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If you prefer to earn your downhills, this loop is the way to go for Noble Canyon. It starts with a somewhat steep paved road for five miles with 1,665′ of climbing, followed by five miles of pure bliss down the best parts of Noble Canyon single tracks.

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Noble Canyon via Sunrise Highway

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Noble Canyon via Sunrise Highway Elevation Profile

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San Juan Trail

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Whether you ride up San Juan trail or down as a shuttle option, there’s plenty of steady technical riding to be had here. This trail surface is smooth in most parts and extremely fast. The dirt grips amazingly well to your tires,

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San Juan Trail Shuttle via Blue Jay Campground

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San Juan Trail via Blue Jay Elevation Profile

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San Juan Trail: Up, Around and Down

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For most people, this is the traditional San Juan Trail route. You ride up to “cocktail rock”, then around the upper loop in either direction (each way has its advantages and disadvantages), and then come right back down the way you came. Getting to the rock is the easy part to navigate.

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San Juan Upper Loop via Blue Jay Campground

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Upper San Juan Loop Elevation Profile

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Santiago Truck Trail

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Santiago Truck Trail to the Luge is a beginner level ride just outside Foothill Ranch that begins with a moderate single/double track climb, and ends with a very narrow, twisty and fun single track to reward your efforts. It is one of the few places that can also be ridden at night.

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Trabuco Canyon

Trabuco Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the Santa Ana Mountains. The ride from the street to the Holy Jim parking area is a great beginner ride featuring a gentle climb, a lot of it under the canopy of Oak trees. But once at the beginning of the Trabuco / Holy Jim loop,

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Whiting Ranch > Santiago Truck > Luge > O’Neill Park

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The “grand tour” of the foothills, on this intermediate level ride covering 20 miles of local terrain, you’ll see everything that the Santiago Truck Trail has to offer, plus Whiting Ranch and O’Neill Regional Parks. There will be plenty of Oak lined trails and if you’re lucky enough to visit here in the winter or spring,

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Whiting Ranch to the Luge

Whiting Ranch to the Luge Elevation Profile

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Singletracks.com writer / rider John Fisch talks about his ride with XEN MTB. Check out the article!
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