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Old 01-11-11, 07:31 PM   #1
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Any Good Climbing Loops In Anaheim Hills/Orange/Tustin?

Looking to put together a good loop of climbing in this part of OC (not looking to go all the way to Newport Beach; I know of good climbs there). I've done Nohl Ranch Road/Serrano/Cannon, but would like to link up more climbs close by. Anything else in Anaheim Hills or nearby? Also, I'm not looking to drop into Santiago Canyon or Live Oak Canyon, as that is another loop I do on another day of the week.
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Head up S. Weir Canyon Rd. to where it dead ends. Thence up Blue Sky to Night Star and work back to Serrano and down to Weir or continue uphill on Serrano and take Canyon Rim or ___ back down.


We have a project going up there at the Summit. There are plenty of grades and some grand views. I've walked the 2500 acres of drainage laterals and risers. You can pedal the roads. Check it out on Google E.
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Looking to put together a good loop of climbing in this part of OC (not looking to go all the way to Newport Beach; I know of good climbs there). I've done Nohl Ranch Road/Serrano/Cannon, but would like to link up more climbs close by. Anything else in Anaheim Hills or nearby? Also, I'm not looking to drop into Santiago Canyon or Live Oak Canyon, as that is another loop I do on another day of the week.
There are lots of good climbs in Anaheim Hills/Orange/Tustin. Here's one I did on Christmas Eve that I posted on Geoladders (www.geoladders.com), which is a great site / source for routes: http://www.geoladders.com/show_route.php?route=42426. Villa Park has some good hills--Meats, Via Escola, Lemon curves around and climbs up and around to Taft, etc.
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Road or mtb?
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To the OP: go out, find a few and post them up.
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Don't forget the hills in Yorba Linda. Camino De Bryant is one killer.
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Here's some cruising around I did today in yorba linda. The middle 13 miles of the route is about 2500ft of climbing, averaging 7% grade (6.5 miles of climbing, 6.5 miles of decent).

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/63171387

Had my first broken chain today going one of the hills. Had no idea it was so easy to fix a chain! I was back up and going pretty quickly.
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Many thanks for the great info, particularly on the Yorba Linda and Villa Park climbs.
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Looking to put together a good loop of climbing in this part of OC (not looking to go all the way to Newport Beach; I know of good climbs there). I've done Nohl Ranch Road/Serrano/Cannon, but would like to link up more climbs close by. Anything else in Anaheim Hills or nearby? Also, I'm not looking to drop into Santiago Canyon or Live Oak Canyon, as that is another loop I do on another day of the week.
A great loop I do fairly regularly ties in Camino de Bryant, Hidden Hills, Stonehaven and San Antonio (all in East YL, north of La Palma). During my 29 mile loop, I gain just over 3500 feet.
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I did Nohl Ranch Road, Serrano, Blue Sky (toolbear's recommendation), and Camino de Bryant yesterday. Camino de Bryant and Blue Sky are no joke, particularly coming after Nohl Ranch Road. Seems like there are many double digit grades in this area. Going to try Canyon Rim from Nohl Ranch Road next time.
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I despise the West end of Nohl Ranch because it's so beat compared to other hills in the area. That and its start at the end of Lincoln is less than a warm-up from where I stay. Meats is a decent alternative to the worst of it, up or down.

The resedentials that connect up the arterials and secondaries in the western part of Anaheim Hills are the best bet for climbing. Just do a little Google Map check to get an idea of what connects up before going.
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Something with those hills attracts side mirrors to my shoulder.
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Something with those hills attracts side mirrors to my shoulder.
Yeah, I meant the eastern part of Nohl Ranch. I've never ridden up Nohl Ranch from Lincoln and the thought doesn't appeal to me. We almost bought a home near there but decided not too in part because it wouldn't be a great place to ride a bike. Anaheim generally sucks pretty bad with regards to bicycling--it doesn't appear to be a bicycle friendly city at all, which is a crime since it's perhaps the largest/richest city in the county. I live in east orange and do like going up Cannon, which turns into Imperial and riding up the eastern terminus of Nohl Ranch up to Serrano--that's a real leg burner. But even Nohl Ranch from Imperial is dodgy during high-traffic times. No bike lane and narrow shoulder for part of the ride.
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Well guys, thanks for all the suggestions. I've been riding these Anaheim/Yorba Linda hills twice a week this month and, I gotta say, they've really helped increase power. Loads of double digit climbs (Nohl Ranch (between Anaheim Hills Rd and Serrano), Canon, Eastside Circle, Hidden Hills, among others) JmX, you sandbagged the Hidden Hills climb. That sucker is sustained 11-13% for 1.5 miles (topping out at 14% for a tad), with only two flat sections of 40 yards or so. I had to paper boy it for about 20-30 yards just to rest a little (in a 34/23 gear). I'm thinking this is the hardest climb in OC over 1 mile long. A construction worker at the very top looked at me as I was just finishing and said "That's one heck of a climb!" I responded, "no sh%t."

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