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    Anaheim area training route suggestions?

    I am headed to the Anaheim area for a wedding and I plan to get in some 2+ hour hilly training rides. From looking at the map, the squiggly roads through the Cleveland National Forest, Limestone Canyon Regional Park and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park look appetizing. Anyone have any experience with these areas or other suggestions?

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    those are mostly fire roads so you are out of luck if you're looking for road... for a something hilly on road, you can do some streets around cowen heights/ lemon heights area (ie skyline, jamboree, newport ave), link that up to the anaheim hills area (ie serrano, santa ana canyon rd) and then link that to an out and back on santiago canyon road/ silverado/ maple springs... that last stretch alone is good for about 2,200+ ft of climbing.

    for mountain, then yes, any one of those squiggly roads will work in the forest... blackstar canyon, maple springs, or any road in whiting is good. i believe limestone is closed unless youre on a docent led tour.

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    If you're going to be riding on dirt roads/MTB, be sure to call the Cleveland National Forest's Santiago office before heading up there - we're ehading into prime brushfire season and I'd expect the backconutry to be closed pretty soon due to the very dry conditions up there. The asphalt roads will still be open unless there's a brushfire.

    If all else fails, try just hammerin' out some miles along the Santa Ana River Trail. Its miles and miles of off-street MUP asphalt running the length of the river, ending at the Pacific Ocean.

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    Check www.rocknroadcyclery.net they host a shop ride on Saturdays out of their Anaheim Hills shop....otherwise check the ride calendars of www.ocrebels.com and www.ocw.org ...most of their rides (see ride calendars) have options but generally have no more than 1000' of elevation per 20 miles.

    Also check www.mapmyride.com and search for rides in Orange, Anaheim, and Irvine....it'll list rides people have posted that use Santiago Canyon, Serrano, Canon, El Toro, Bake, Live Oak, Nohl Ranch, and other streets, and will give you some elevation stats if you want to strike out on your own. None of the hills are really big, so to get elevation, you have to criss-cross over the ridgelines for between 400-600 feet of gain per climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bnjmn View Post
    I am headed to the Anaheim area for a wedding and I plan to get in some 2+ hour hilly training rides. From looking at the map, the squiggly roads through the Cleveland National Forest, Limestone Canyon Regional Park and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park look appetizing. Anyone have any experience with these areas or other suggestions?

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    I am a docent for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. I am assuming you are a mountain biker and looking for off road areas to ride. Limestone is private - you can only ride with a docent. If you are interested in doing rides there go to irvineranconservancy.org and check for activities. There are rides most weekends and during the week at all levels. If you want more information re these rides, PM me.

    Whiting is open to the public. Not my personal favorite spot to ride. Since you will be in Anaheim - check out Chino Hills from Carbon Canyon Regional Park. My suggestion is to do North Ridge to Sycamore or McDermott and then come down Telegraph (since you only have 2 hours). You can extent the ride by adding Raptor or Bovine Delight to South Ridge.

    The other place to consider to Blackstar Canyon, across from Limestone. From the start off Blackstar Rd you can ride a full day to your heart's content. Look up Maple Springs, Motorway etc.

    Two shops that may have more info is The Path in Tustin and Switchback Cyclery in Orange.

    Also check out Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Toughest climbs in OC if you ask me. A great place to ride however if you don't mind tough climbs and scary descents! You can also reach Santiago Oaks through Irvine Regional PArk. Irvine is free to the public during the week.
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    Thanks for the responses. I will be on a road bike - looking for some type of hilly 10+ mile loop with 3 or so 2min climbs, if possible. Odd request, I know, but I am trying to make it fit into my workout plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bnjmn View Post
    Thanks for the responses. I will be on a road bike - looking for some type of hilly 10+ mile loop with 3 or so 2min climbs, if possible. Odd request, I know, but I am trying to make it fit into my workout plan.
    Oh! All the places you mentioned are dirt trails...

    OK taking another direction... from Anaheim head towards Santiago Canyon road through Villa Park. You can either take Katella or Santiago out, turn right onto Jamboree and then left onto Santiago Canyon. Since you are pressed for time, I suggest you take Santiago out until Cook's Corner and then turn around and come back the same way.

    Or if you want tough hills, take Santa Ana Canyon to Weir Canyon turn r, turn r onto Serrano and take that up and over to Santiago, turn right and go back to Santa Ana Canyon (using Wanda).

    If you peruse bikeirvine.org, rides, you might be able to find a route map that suits your fancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bnjmn View Post
    Thanks for the responses. I will be on a road bike - looking for some type of hilly 10+ mile loop with 3 or so 2min climbs, if possible. Odd request, I know, but I am trying to make it fit into my workout plan.
    the perfect loop for you would be up in yorba linda... there are two kick arse hills up there (hidden hills and camino de bryant) long enough and really steep climbs... really good workout if you're pressed for time... the two hills are connected by la palma which also runs parallel to the santa ana river trail.... an up and down both those hills and la palma is probably around 10 miles and youll get near 1500 ft..

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