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Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03 Shuttle

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13.7 Miles 22.1 Kilometers



1,300' 396 m


-1,782' -543 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (11°)

6,380' 1,944 m


5,021' 1,530 m


Shared By Bryce Knudson



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A long shuttle ride through amazing singletrack.

Bryce Knudson

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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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Nov 10, 2018
Bob Monticupo
Dec 26, 2017
Tim W
32mi — 3h 45m
Jul 25, 2017
Sierra Hawksley
Jul 9, 2017
John Stout
Thunderstorm 8mi
Mar 29, 2017
Greg Garth
Rode this as an out and back, little loose and overgrown at the beginning but otherwise perfect, expect some downed trees and stream crossings
Nov 23, 2016
Ky Nguyen
Nov 23, 2016
Ky Nguyen
Nov 6, 2016
Jay Jay
Whoever wrote the description for this trail says it is a shuttle ride. There is no reason to shuttle it. Just ride out and back! Awesome Trail!

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Mike Sylvester
Oceanside, CA
Mike Sylvester   Oceanside, CA
One of the better rides in SoCal. Great for those that like to go fast and don't mind a little exposure at times!! Jan 27, 2014

husband rides this often. sometimes a little rutted but a nice long single track great for go pro filming watch for uphill or downhill screamers or you will be on the side of a cliff Feb 13, 2015
you do not need a adventure pass if you are not going to be using any of the parks restrooms picnic tables or trash cans. if you want to you can but it is no longer something that can be enforced May 6, 2018

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