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Old 05-05-11, 11:44 AM
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How to ride/hike/carry bike from Riley to Caspers park, shortest route?

Can I get through Coto De Caza? I read on these forums there is a pedestrian gate, but it wasn't clear if you need to be resident to get through?

I don't want to go all the way north to Bell View Trail as I am riding on road from south. Basically I am looking for safe way to ride from SJC to caspers park without using dangerous Ortega highway. Maybe through Tesoro high school?
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Take the San Juan Creek trail towards San Juan. When you get to the ped/cycle bridge cross it and bear right. You'll go under Camino Cap and the 5. Continue on the trail into a cul de sac which is Paseo Triado. In 40 yards road will tee into Calle Arroyo. Turn right on Calle Arroyo and follow it, bearing to the right were roads split off. Arroyo will become Avenida Siega at a 90 degree left turn after about 5 minutes riding. In another 100 yards, turn right onto the dreaded Ortega Hwy for about 1/2 mile. There is plenty of shoulder available on this section of the Ortega. Turn left onto Antonio Pkwy. Find your way from there....

I ride this route in the opposite direction all the time.

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Thanks, but still need help from where you ended, I don't mind dirt/offroad, but how do I go from 74/antonio pkway to Caspers without using 74 ortega highway? Through Coto de caza somehow?
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Originally Posted by danapointer View Post
Thanks, but still need help from where you ended, I don't mind dirt/offroad, but how do I go from 74/antonio pkway to Caspers without using 74 ortega highway? Through Coto de caza somehow?
I start at the Coto Waterfall.

Not certain where you are coming - I come from Tustin. I just take Irvine Blvd out to Bake, take that North to Portola and stay on that until it turns into Santa Margarite parkway. I stay on that until it dead ends into a I think Von's parking lot. I park there and then head out South to the waterfall. Just pass is the trail head (its actually a service road) its a steep but short climb. At the top is a trail. Take that all the way out and it connects you to the North entrance of Bell Canyon/Caspers. It's a nice ride through Coto (the trail is public) until you hit Caspers. The trail into Caspers is also totally fun

If you are coming up Antonio Parkway, turn right on Santa Margerite and then the road dead ends in the parking lot.

If you check out the 50 mile Rwanda route, they do the trail from the waterfall into Caspers... hopefuly this is what you were asking about.

Edited to add: I just reread your post and get you want to ride out there... so I guess what I said is not helpful.
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Pamestique, great thanks, that helps, but riding from the south, from SJC, it does seem to confirm that I have to ride quite a ways out of the way, basically doubling the distance, to get to caspers and access trails from the north/east entrance to Bell Canyon as you state.

I was still hoping to find a route/road/trail through south/west end of Coto or somewhere near Antonio pkway/Ortega highway? (again, avoiding the ortega highway after Antonio where it lacks good shoulder)

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I'm assuming you are MTB or CX. If you want road; Antonio to Ortega would be about the best - other options would be a few miles of at least fire road (often very sandy).
I've not done this, but here is link to a ride that has been done by MTB. You can see on that a couple of options of connecting the two parks.
Geoladders Link
and here is the Caspers Map
Caspers pdf

Pam speaks of the waterfall start that many of us use to take Bell View/West Ridge into Caspers; which is a ways north of Caspers and the geoladders route I linked.
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