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A long shuttle ride through amazing singletrack.

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6,380' 1,944 m


5,021' 1,530 m


1,300' 396 m


1,782' 543 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (11°)

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Adventure Pass required for parking at South Fork.


This is a shuttle starting at South Fork Campground lot and ending just outside Angelus Oaks.

Long, flowing, xc-style singletracks with tight, hairpin turns and occasional easy climbs. Much of this ride hugs the hillside and has step drops to the right.

This trail finishes with a fire road climb that is not only manageable but quite pleasant.

Need to Know

Requires two cars for a shuttle. Shuttle points are about 20 minutes apart.

This can also be done as an out-and-back, but if you do that, I'd recommend starting at the bottom (Angelus Oaks) so you get the climbing out of the way first.

Angelus Oaks restaurant is a must have after your ride. Good beer and good food.


First, drop a car at the parking area just east of Angelus Oaks next to the Angelus Oaks sign. Then drive east up Hwy 38 to the South Fork Campground and get ready for an awesome ride.

From here you combine two trails: Santa Ana River Trail (SART) from South Fork to Glass Road and Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03 Glass Road to Middle Control Road.

These trails have tons of tree cover and wind in and out of the trees and along the hillside. Stop and enjoy the creeks, then bomb down the wide singletrack sections through the trees.

When you hit the bottom of the second section, turn left on Middle Control Road and climb three miles out to your car. This road is well-used by vehicles so be aware, otherwise, this climb is very mellow and the road is well maintained. If you are lucky you'll be treated with a small waterfall out of the rocks about two miles up.


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Bryce Knudson

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Grizzly 100 Pre-Ride Part 2: Santa Ana River Trail | Seven Oaks, California
Sep 18, 2021 near Big Bea…, CA
Tidy bridge crossing between switchbacks.
Oct 27, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
A waterfall on the Santa Ana River Trail ride. Next to fire road near Angelus Oaks.
Jan 15, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Nice view before diving back into the forest.
Oct 27, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
beautiful bliss - andy meadors
Apr 3, 2013 near Big Bea…, CA
Some of the trail has a fair amount of exposure.
Sep 5, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA


Current Trail Conditions

Minor Issues 20 days ago
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May 28, 2023
Hellon Wheels
South Fork to Angelus Oaks. Two river crossings had no bridge, but were passable. A couple of spots of mud. Good overall. 14mi — 3h 45m
Nov 6, 2021
Jakub Rozga
Bone dry and some exposed sections need maintenance. Still lots of fun!
Dec 20, 2020
Carl Shelton
Great conditions. Only one close call, a tree sticking out into the trail at the bottom of a long fast section. Could take out your hip. watch out! 14mi — 2h 00m
Dec 7, 2020
Alexei Pavlov
All good 22mi
Dec 5, 2020
Hiker Sun
Due to the snow and rains a few weeks ago, there are several washed trail that mostly covered rocks, and very narrow spots and patched snow places. 35mi — 7h 00m
May 24, 2020
Christopher Cabrera
Full Send Complete
May 3, 2020
Chro Le
out from Angelus Oaks and back. Great scenery and refreshing creeks. 27mi — 4h 30m
May 18, 2019
Andy Somerville
Wow! The water crossings are unreal now - chasms in many cases, wide rocky chutes on others. And the rest is more raw than ever- go ride it! 13.7mi

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