San Juan Trail

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↑ 4,000 ft
↓ 3,800 ft
816
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Trail Description
About this trail
Entering the trail at the east end adjacent to the Blue Jay Campground. The trail climbs a very steep set of stacked switchbacks from the floor of Hot Springs Canyon. It then traverses briefly before steeply ascending a ridge toward Sugarloaf Mountain. Large boulders, chaparral, brush, and nice views. The trail first intersects the Viejo Tie Trail and then junctions with the Chiquito Trail before a steep climb and then continues to the end at the North Main Divide Road, just south of Blue Jay Campground. This trail is very popular with mountain bikers.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: This might be a dumb question but I'm from Michigan so don't know how it works out there. Will there be snow on this trail in the end of January? -Tobi DeGroote

A: I would be surprised if so. This tea is near me. The elevation is not that high like big Bear. Just check the weather on the area before you make your trip.

Shinobi answered on October 19, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: What bike is appropriate to bring -Guest

A: I'd a assume any kind of full suspension bike judging by reviews, pictures anf that it's a black dimond

Tobi DeGroote answered on January 17, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Gramcounter

February 28, 2017
TeaWorks Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is probably one of the best trails in all of SoCal. I highly recommend climbing up from the parking lot at the bottom so that you earn the sweet ride back from Cocktail Rock. I also recommend doing the lollypop at the top as well.

Similar Trail: Noble Canyon

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Gramcounter


May 15, 2016
LarrySe Gramcounter  
 
Review: Sooooo much fun to ride down hill of course.

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Singletrack


March 15, 2016
chukt Singletrack  
 
Review: Great trail! There is some erosion and deep ruts. Otherwise awesome riding w/ short rock gardens and switchbacks and big views and a rare feeling of remoteness in SoCal.

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Gramcounter

January 29, 2016
TeaWorks Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail gets right down to business at the TH with 12 or more switch backs. Do the climb and earn the downhill - don't shuttle and you'll appreciate it more. Best ride in the OC!

Similar Trail: Holy Jim Canyon

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Granny Gear

August 4, 2015
cefeagler Granny Gear  
 
Review: Gorgeous, challenging singletrack, easily-accessible from the Irvine area. Extreme exposure and brutal climbing through switchbacks for the first several miles means this trail is not for beginners. The views from the upper portions of the trail make the effort well worth it, though, if you have the grit to make it there. Cell coverage is almost non-existent on the trail, and you must be entirely self-sufficient or risk a long slog back to the lot. On even mild days, it is easily possible to go through 4 liters (1 gal) of water per rider in less than two hours. Parking permits are required, and can be purchased locally.

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Trailblazer

August 3, 2015
MACNIO Trailblazer  
 
Review: Great trail to shuttle on. Good mix of flowy, open air sections b with tree covered narrow single track through the woods

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Granny Gear

April 21, 2015
joshaw Granny Gear  
 
Review: One of the best in OC

Similar Trail: Holy Jim

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Granny Gear

July 6, 2014
 
Review: My favorite trail in oc. I've done this more than 20 times and I love it even the drive to there is fun. Dry so bring more water and leave early by max 9am

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Trailblazer

March 19, 2014
k2rider Trailblazer  
 
Review: This is hands down the best trail in Orange County. I used to ride up from the bottom but now we shuttle it 90% of the time. The top half is a rip roaring, roller coaster ride...albeit with plenty of rocks, overhanging trees and misc other obstacles. I especially like it because there are plenty of short sections which you can set as goals to clear. I'm at the point after riding this trail 20 times where there's just one obstacle I've yet to clear. The lower half below Cocktail Rock is *generally* a screaming fast, swoopy, 98% going downhill section on DG dirt. Some people complain about the switchbacks at the bottom but once again, I look at them as an obstacle to clear. there used to be 3-4 that gave me fits but now I clear them all w/o any issues.

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Doubletrack

January 21, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
 
Review: First off, the trail is 11.4 miles long. If you go up to Blue Jay and down, it is just under 23 miles round trip. A lot of riders only go to Cocktail Rock at 6.5 miles. It is a great ST trail with plenty to challenge you. Rocks, roots, off-camber turns, serious exposure, everything you want in a great trail. Lots of riders shuttle so watch out on your way up.

I like to do this as a loop starting in Trabuco Canyon, go up Trabuco Trail, drop down to Blue Jay on Main Divide, descend SJT then jump on San Juan Creek Trail to Caspers where you take West Ridge back to Trabuco. Awesome route.

Similar Trail: Noble Canyon, SART

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San Juan Trail MTB Trail 4.74 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.
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