Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: So Cal
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Originally Posted by HRC-Rascal
Just curious if anyone has ridden Jeffrey between Portola and Santiago Canyon. I was looking at Google maps and noticed that the road goes all the way through, however I do not know if it is open to public bike traffic.
I imagine the road should have some decent inclines so I would like to give it a try.
You ae referring to the Hick's Haul Road
. It was designed to accomodate a concrete company and is since closed. It is now under the protection of the Irvine Company/Irvine Land Ranch Reserve (of which I am a docent) and is closed to the public. Occassionally on Nature Conservancy/IRLR rides we do the part of the road up to Lomas De Santiago, the top peak. I have ridden the road from both sides. It's easy to get in on the Santiago side and really hard to get out the other way and the Rangers do patrol the road on a regular basis. If they caught you it is a fine.
FYI from Santiago to Lomas its a steady 6% or so, from Jeffrey to Lomas it varies between 6 and 10% and is very switchbacky. The road is in very poor shape and dangerous which is no doubt one reason it's not open to the public. Maybe someday it will open once Irvine Co. developes the area but not now.
If you mountain bike, after February (when LimestoneCanyon closes for Raptor nesting) there will be a number of rides listed for the TNC that will climb Hick's Haul to Lomas. To check on the TNC rides go to ocwild.org, The Nature Conservancy, Let's Go Outside, Activities. Check the Limestone/Lomas Loop rides.