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Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03: South Fork to Middle Control Road

Intermediate
 4.8 (5)

Awesome flowing singletrack that hugs the hill side as it descends the valley.


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10.7

Miles

17.3

KM

Singletrack

6,384' 1,946 m

High

5,001' 1,524 m

Low

505' 154 m

Up

1,765' 538 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Parking requires an Adventure Pass from the Forest Service.

Description

The trailhead starts at South Fork Campground. This is a continuation of the Santa Ana River Trail. To access this trail from South Fork will require an Adventure Pass to park.

This trail rides along the hillside and through wide forested sections. Small rock gardens, fast smooth singletrack, hairpin turns and rolling terrain galore. You'll cross 3 streams. The first one is an easy ride through in summer, second has a stone bridge and the third requires expert skills to ride, but has a log crossing. There is a short climb after the third stream that leads to a doubletrack downhill to the bottom at a well maintained fireroad (Middle Control Road or on google maps: Mill Creek Rd). This is the end of this trail.

Notes: There are occasional off-shoots from this trail. Ignore them to do the entire trail. Follow 2E03 signage. This trail is one of the best singletracks there is. It's fast and flowy, requiring occasional technical skills. Most of this trail is under tree cover.

Watch for trees that have fallen across the trail - they can sometimes surprise you.

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Shared By:

Bryce Knudson with improvements by David Estes

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  4.8 from 5 votes

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#112

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Nice view before diving back into the forest.
Oct 27, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
Tidy bridge crossing between switchbacks.
Oct 27, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
Looking down valley from Santa Ana River Trail
Dec 5, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Some of the trail has a fair amount of exposure.
Sep 5, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
beautiful bliss - andy meadors
Apr 3, 2013 near Big Bea…, CA
First Creek. Easy ride across. Nice spot to stop for a break.
Sep 23, 2013 near Big Bea…, CA

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May 20, 2017
Alexandre Bouchu
Camping trip to Barton Flats 23mi