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Old 11-21-10, 01:00 AM
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Santiago Canyon - Where to Park and Ride?

I want to park somewhere on or very near Santiago Canyon in Orange County. I'll ride along Santiago Canyon away from the car for several miles, then turn around and ride back to the car.

For example, I have parked near the intersection of Silverado Canyon Road and Black Star Canyon Road. (A lot of MTB riders park there.) Then I have ridden to Cook's Corner and back. That's about 12 miles, and I'm looking for a 20 mile route.

Any suggestions?

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Park at Jamboree and Chapman/Santiago near Taco Bell.
Ride to Cooks and back.
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i'd park somewhere near jamboree/chapman as well, but maybe at a park rather than in a shopping plaza parking lot.
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Park? Ride from your residence.
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There are some parks at the foot of Jamboree in the Tustin area. This is far enough away from Tustin Market Place to give you a nice wide bike lane.
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I ride it from my house in Irvine a few times a week.

I would park right at the 5 freeway and Jamboree in the Best Buy lot. TONS of parking. The ride up Jamboree is a great warmup. It slowly climbs the entire ride and you can squeeze in another 8 miles to your roundtrip distance. The bike lane is very wide and there's two lanes going in each direction and they often move around you.
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Originally Posted by CritEastwood
Park? Ride from your residence.
+1 that's what I do, a nice 10 mile warm up.
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Originally Posted by CritEastwood
Park? Ride from your residence.
I like the idea, but in my case that would turn a 20 mile ride into a 70 mile ride. That's more than I want.
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Originally Posted by Rumpled
Park at Jamboree and Chapman/Santiago near Taco Bell.
Ride to Cooks and back.
When I lived in Orange County, I rode Santiago Canyon all the time. This is my pick, as well.

Alternatively, you can continue past Cook's and take Portola/Bake/Irvine Blvd. back to Jamboree. A nice loop.
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Originally Posted by rooftest
When I lived in Orange County, I rode Santiago Canyon all the time. This is my pick, as well.

Alternatively, you can continue past Cook's and take Portola/Bake/Irvine Blvd. back to Jamboree. A nice loop.

That's a great ride with good variety and minimal traffic lights. That should be about 33-35 miles.
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Last time I checked (a few weeks ago) Portola between Bake and Jamboree was undergoing some construction, leaving only one lane.

edit: replace Bake with Sand Canyon. My bad!

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Why not just park at Rock N Road, where the TT sign up is.
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Portola DOES NOT go between Bake and Jambo (ends just North of Alton and starts again at the toll road south of Modjeska<new or Sand Canyon.)
It should have been completed nearly 20 years ago, but then how would the toll road make any money?
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Originally Posted by mwandaw
I like the idea, but in my case that would turn a 20 mile ride into a 70 mile ride. That's more than I want.
Maybe later a 70 mile ride is in the "possibility stage". That's what I do from Huntington Beach, but not quite to Cook's corner, that would be further from my garage. I like to stop at Irvine Lake and get something to eat there. Then head back to Huntington.

I don't see any road riders who stop at Irvine Lake. I ride into the parking area and pass the security entrance. They let me in for free. There's a small convenience store there with a small short order type restaurant. I usually buy a 20 ounce Coke and boy, does it taste good on a hot day. Most visitors there are fishermen. Near that building is a nice bathroom and its clean. After a ride like this, I like to wash up a little before getting back on the road. Washing my face feels really refreshing.

One time, there was a special event going on, some kind of oldies band night. So a few more people were at the store and I got to visit with them while sipping my Coke.
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Originally Posted by Rumpled
Park at Jamboree and Chapman/Santiago near Taco Bell.
Ride to Cooks and back.
That's prettty much where most cyclist park for both road and mountain biking (the MTBikers go do Santiago Oaks) - you will see all the cars with bike racks. Make sure you park in the open space near Taco Bell and not take up all the patrons parking spots. There is a restroom at the gas station if you need one.

From there you can ride out to Blackstar and back or what I do when hurried - I ride all along Santiago, past Majeska and just before the downhill to Cook's turn back. That is almost exactly 20 miles.
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Originally Posted by Garfield Cat
There are some parks at the foot of Jamboree in the Tustin area. This is far enough away from Tustin Market Place to give you a nice wide bike lane.
2 - Citrus Ranch and Cedar Grove... you then have a nice climb up Jamboree as a warm up. If you go from there to Blackstar and back that's about 20 miles. When you are ready it would be very easy to extend the ride into the Loop (up Jamboree to Santiago Canyon to Glenn Ranch to Portola to Bake to Irvine Blvd. to Tustin Ranch Road back to the parks) which is then about 35 miles...
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Originally Posted by tFUnK
Last time I checked (a few weeks ago) Portola between Bake and Jamboree was undergoing some construction, leaving only one lane.
The construction on Portola right now is between Yale and Jeffrey... in Orchard Hills... can't wait for it to be finished!!!!
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Originally Posted by Pamestique
The construction on Portola right now is between Yale and Jeffrey... in Orchard Hills... can't wait for it to be finished!!!!

This has been going on for a very long time then! I recall back in May getting stuck in that crap with cars whizzing by me as I clung to the concrete barrier. Totally my fault as I failed to see the huge DETOUR signs everywhere! Haven't been back that way since but I figured it would be complete by now!

I usually go Jamboree, Santiago, hit the Aliso Viejo Creek Trail right at Cook's Corner, hop off the trail at El Toro which turns into Irvine Blvd and then ride all the way back to Jamboree. Roundtrip from my house is something like 37 miles and it's a lot of climbing for me.

If you feel adventurous you can throw in a climb all the way up Silverado Canyon and then back down the loop. That's like a 50 mile loop with pretty fun climbing. Don't do it on a hot day, however!
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Originally Posted by Rumpled
Portola DOES NOT go between Bake and Jambo (ends just North of Alton and starts again at the toll road south of Modjeska<new or Sand Canyon.)
That's what makes the Bake/Irvine Blvd part necessary. After going over the 133, I'll take Sand Canyon back to Portola for the home stretch to Jamboree.
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Originally Posted by rooftest
That's what makes the Bake/Irvine Blvd part necessary. After going over the 133, I'll take Sand Canyon back to Portola for the home stretch to Jamboree.
Actually a nicer way to go (and will be really nice when Portola is not under construction is to take Bake to Irvine Blvd and then take Mojeska (across from the Marine Base) to Portola. Quiet road much nicer than Sand Canyon and you get to ride through the new part of Orchard/Portola Hills.
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I'm not sure about "much nicer." Having ridden both routes, I'll have to respectfully disagree with you and stick with my route.
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Originally Posted by rooftest
I'm not sure about "much nicer." Having ridden both routes, I'll have to respectfully disagree with you and stick with my route.
Up to you... I like the fact I get off of the Irvine Blvd/Trabuco "freeway" sooner - plus I like riding along the upper part of Portola/ Few cars, businesses, traffic and nice scenary. But to each his or her own!
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