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Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03 Shuttle

Intermediate
 4.5 (31) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A long shuttle ride through amazing singletrack.


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13.7

Miles

22.1

KM

70%

Singletrack

6,380' 1,944 m

High

5,021' 1,530 m

Low

1,300' 396 m

Up

1,782' 543 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Adventure Pass required for parking at South Fork.

Overview

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.

Description

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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Shared By:

Bryce Knudson

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  4.5 from 31 votes

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Photos

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
Tidy bridge crossing between switchbacks.
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
Looking down valley from Santa Ana River Trail
Dec 5, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA

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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
Nov 10, 2018
Bob Monticupo
Dec 26, 2017
Tim W
32mi — 3h 45m