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Harding Truck Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (9)

A demanding climb that eases up around the next corner... or is it the next one?


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8.8

Miles

14.1

KM

Doubletrack

4,488' 1,368 m

High

1,403' 428 m

Low

3,297' 1,005 m

Up

212' 65 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Give the trail at least a day to dry out after a winter rain - it can get sloppy in the first couple of miles. Watch for rocks on the trail after rains. It sees snow rarely, but ice is likely in the winter months.

Description

From the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary at the end of Modjeska Canyon Rd., head around the gate and start climbing. If you weren't awake yet, you'll be quickly as the first mile gains ~510 feet before a short .25 mile downhill. The downhill is over quickly and you start climbing again.

The Harding Truck Trail lives up to its name - it's hard. It's a truck trail / fire road the whole way up. Although wide, it does have more of a double or even singletrack feel than most OC Fireroads. One side will be more dominant than the other. Unlike Maple Springs Rd (the most common way to reach 4 Corners) you'll not experience vehicle traffic on Harding unless there is an event scheduled that day. It's a popular trail-running route. The trail will also stay hard-packed throughout the year and holds up against rain fairly well other than the first 2 miles. It's definitely more challenging though.

At the 7-mile mark you'll get a much-appreciated reprieve from the (average 8+%) climbing for about 3/4 of a mile before the last 1.5 mile charge up to 4 Corners. From 4 Corners you can head down to Maple Springs and road-ride back to your car, head up to Modjeska, Santiago Peaks, Joplin trail, Silverado Motorway, or simply back down Harding.

Coming back down is quick, with many water-bars available if you like to jump. Keep your speed in check for trail conditions, blind turns, and uphill riders and trail runners who will likely use the dominant track.

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Dan Oakland

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  3.4 from 9 votes

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  3.4 from 9 votes
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Photos

Gorilla in the Harding mist
Jul 21, 2014 near Trabuco…, CA
Near Laurel Springs on Harding TT.
May 16, 2016 near Trabuco…, CA
Entering Cleveland NF towards the beginning of Harding.
May 16, 2016 near Portola…, CA
Four Corners, looking west.
Jan 2, 2014 near Trabuco…, CA

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Sep 27, 2020
Mark Wohlgemuth
Apr 11, 2020
MTB MOR
Melting Snow made the peak difficult to access and very dirty to ride down. 55mi — 6h 00m
Sep 22, 2018
Tony Vu
Sustained climb. More difficult than expected because of lots of rocks. Did with 1x 42x42. A 38 or 40 up front would’ve been preferable. 10mi
Jul 24, 2016
Mark Kelleher
1h 20m
Jun 25, 2016
Rick Gerardi
Oct 19, 2014
Dan Oakland
Great slow burn 18.3mi — 2h 50m