For a couple of years I've planned to explore this trail. Since alot of my other MTB trails were affected by fire, it was time to get the Creek trail a try.
Now first mistake, we probably should have allowed it to dry out abit. The first part of the trail was very wet. There are multiple stream crossing, all fairly deep and wide, something I'm not used to. That was alittle scary. We then came upon a washed out area. Just alittle bit of the trail was left. No biggie I thought, I've just walk it. Little did I know it was covered with clay mud and as soon as I started to walk across, I slid and almost went down and over the ledge. Thank goodness for my riding partner came out and grabbed me. The bike I pushed forward. My thought if we both went over the ledge I didn't want to land on it. We found another way around (up and over the embankment) and was able to retreive my bike from the other side. Talk about your scary! And for the rest of the ride I was covered head to toe with mud! Looking good!
Anway after the scary ledge incident, there was a steep uphill that we had to walk because it was all rutty and wash out but after that the ride got awesome. The first part of the ride (which started from the Ladera Sport Park) I was rate as intermediate to advance the second part could be advanced beginner. There were lots of rollies but it was on fire road.
After a while we finally moved back into an area that meadered along oak woodland and sycamores and the singletrack was just beautiful. The type of stuff most MTBers dream of riding. We came across an area where some folks had build a fairly sophisticated set of jumps. We sat and watched a couple of guys try each before moving along. We finally made it up to Rancho Santa Margarita, just short of O'Neill Park and turned around. It was enough adventure for us on one day. We took Antonio Parkway back for awhile with the purpose of hitting this singletrack downhill we knew of. We made that and after the first scary alittle downhill (which I walked) that was a great end to our ride. A nice smooth, singletrack downhill thought the Oaks and woodlands. The only regret to enjoying the ride down is that we had to ride back up a steep hill to get to the car.
Not that I want lots of people to find and do this trail (which appears to be little used) but if you are in the area, it's worth a try.
The jump area:
My type of riding: