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Old 09-05-12, 06:18 PM   #1
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I need a long hill in North OC

I'm looking for a long climb like Newport Coast Drive for doing hill repeats but closer to my home in the Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda/Orange area. Something like 1 to 1.5 miles long or even longer. Thanks.
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Old 09-05-12, 07:25 PM   #2
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Cannon, Serrano, Santiago Canyon, Silverado Canyon
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I agree with cannon - also look at Fairmont, to San Antonio to Yorba Linda and back to Fairmont, or just turn around and go back. You can do that loop over and over - it is about 2 to 2.5 miles of climbing. Or Serrano between Cannon and Weir Canyon
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Yorba Linda: Hidden hills (2.1mi @ 8%) , Camino de Bryant (1.1mi @ 11%). Quiet residential roads with very little traffic. Hidden Hills has less stop signs for the 40mph descent back down. Both are very close to the SART, with Camino de Bryant actually starting feet from the SART.

Hidden Hills: http://app.strava.com/segments/618143
Camino De Bryant: http://app.strava.com/segments/664739

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Yorba Linda: Hidden hills (2.1mi @ 8%) , Camino de Bryant (1.1mi @ 11%). Very quiet residential roads with very little traffic. Hidden Hills has less stop signs for the 40mph descent back down. Both are very close to the SART, with Camino de Bryant actually starting feet from the SART.

Hidden Hills: http://app.strava.com/segments/618143
Camino De Bryant: http://app.strava.com/segments/664739
These. Although that whole area has plenty of great climbs. Go drive all over Yorba Linda, and you'll find them.
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Also if you have hair on your chest and knobs on your tires, you can try this one in the same area:

Coal Canyon 6mi @ 8% on loose dirt/rocks (requires MTB)
http://app.strava.com/segments/790476

I think I'm gonna give it a go again this weekend since GMR is probably going to be closed. I came back bloody last time. Good times.
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Thanks, all! I like the smooth continuous profile of Hidden Hills. These all are steeper and longer than Newport Coast. I'll sail up it if I train on these, lol.
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I live at the base of Hidden Hills, It's a great climb. After you complete it you can cruise up Yorba Linda Blvd and climb Stone Haven. This whole area has great climbs.
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I live at the base of Hidden Hills, It's a great climb. After you complete it you can cruise up Yorba Linda Blvd and climb Stone Haven. This whole area has great climbs.
John, are you offering a water stop? ;-)
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John, are you offering a water stop? ;-)
For water stops, I really like the park at the base of Hidden Hills (just after the stoplight.) Plus - it adds more climbing.
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Yorba Linda: Hidden hills (2.1mi @ 8%) , Camino de Bryant (1.1mi @ 11%). Quiet residential roads with very little traffic. Hidden Hills has less stop signs for the 40mph descent back down. Both are very close to the SART, with Camino de Bryant actually starting feet from the SART.

Hidden Hills: http://app.strava.com/segments/618143
Today, I rode the entire length of Hidden Hills for the very first time (Yesterday, I thought I was at the top when I reached the cul-de-sac) and that 8% average must include some of the flats. I rode the hill twice today and most of the time all I saw was 11-13% on the Garmin. According to Strava, the 1.3 miles from Starlight to the top averages 12% and it is fairly accurate. I know that bikeme was looking for a hill similar to Newport Coast but in my opinion Hidden Hills is almost twice as difficult. Hidden Hills reminds me of Pacific Island Drive but a little longer.

I am going to have to start losing weight or riding more because that Hill kicked my butt.

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Today, I rode the entire length of Hidden Hills for the very first time (Yesterday, I thought I was at the top when I reached the cul-de-sac) and that 8% average must include some of the flats. I rode the hill twice today and most of the time all I saw was 11-13% on the Garmin. According to Strava, the 1.3 miles from Starlight to the top averages 12% and it is fairly accurate. I know that bikeme was looking for a hill similar to Newport Coast but in my opinion Hidden Hills is almost twice as difficult. Hidden Hills reminds me of Pacific Island Drive but a little longer.

I am going to have to start losing weight or riding more because that Hill kicked my butt.
Nice job. It's a tough one, and you've gotta be in a mood for pain. It's so easy to just stay on the SART and cruise right past it.

At one point I was the king of the mountain on strava for it, out of 6 people . I've long since lost that title, and now I see it has 101 riders on Hidden Hills. Nice!
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I ride San Antonio and Fairmont often but never even knew Hidden Hills existed. Thanks for mentioning it. BTW Your average speed on Hidden Hills is still crazy fast.

I think the next time I ride the hill, I want to have put in more warm up miles. Glassell to Weir to Hidden Hills is just not enough of a warm up.
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Today, I rode the entire length of Hidden Hills for the very first time (Yesterday, I thought I was at the top when I reached the cul-de-sac) and that 8% average must include some of the flats. I rode the hill twice today and most of the time all I saw was 11-13% on the Garmin. According to Strava, the 1.3 miles from Starlight to the top averages 12% and it is fairly accurate. I know that bikeme was looking for a hill similar to Newport Coast but in my opinion Hidden Hills is almost twice as difficult. Hidden Hills reminds me of Pacific Island Drive but a little longer.

I am going to have to start losing weight or riding more because that Hill kicked my butt.
Nice job! I'll check it out soon. I mtb'd a bit today but was still sore from the Amtrak.
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I know that bikeme was looking for a hill similar to Newport Coast but in my opinion Hidden Hills is almost twice as difficult.
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It's probably more than twice as difficult. It's much longer and much steeper. Newport Coast doesn't really even register on any list of "tough Southern California climbs."
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I just did Hidden Hills today, once to the top and then 3 repeats on the lower third. That is a gnarly climb. Brutal actually. It's 3X tougher than Newport Coast Drive. NCD is a challenge but it's not that bad really. I was looking for its twin for constant, unchanging pitch but closer to home. Hidden Hills is not it, lol. My cadence sender didn't work and it's probably better it didn't as I would've been bummed seeing it--what, maybe turning 50-60 rpm in some spots? Anyway, if you're up Yorba Linda way, give it a go. The lower third is nicely shaded and the descent is rad.
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Try Fairmont in Yorba Linda.
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