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    Irvine riders - anyone ride Jeffery?

    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.

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    Quote 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.
    It's Irvine Company property, there's locked gates on both sides and "no trespassing" signs.

    I know a cyclist who, years ago, rode up to the gate and asked if he could ride through to Santiago Canyon. They allowed him through and warned him to be careful because there could be a few trucks back there. I doubt they would allow anyone to ride through now. I seem to recall that a while back the Irvine Company had some mountain bikers arrested for trespassing.

    I think it would be cool if a club could get permission to use that road on a century or other organized ride.

    Eventually when the build out the area, the plan is to open Jeffrey all the way to Santiago Canyon. Then you can ride it for free, but it would look much different than it does now.

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    Quote 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.

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    Thanks for the info Pam.

    I will keep an eye the OCWILD website for further info.

    On a side note, I just sent in my registration to BCI this morning.

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    Oh cool - both Brian and I also belong to BCI as does Sidewinder... they are a great group to ride with. Haven't done too much with them lately as doing more mountain biking but I do plan on starting Bear Training January 21. And don't forget to yuse your BCI discount at shops - it's allowed me to save alot of money!!!

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    I haven't done much riding with them either due to other time committments. Pam, are you planning on doing the Bear or just the series of training rides?

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    After sagging the Bear for a couple of years I learned that I never ever want to do the ride - just too many cars, scary road, alot of climbing, etc. I like hills but am not crazy!!!!

    I'm starting the training to hopefully ride myself back into shape. With my surgery in September and current back problems I haven't done much riding or any exercise so am hurting. Need to force myself to do some longer, harder rides. Basically I will be way off the back of the main group.

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