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Bike For Bender Hell Ride

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A point-to-point adventure from South Fork Campground to Hangar 24.


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Map Key

35.9

Miles

57.8

KM

60%

Singletrack

6,409' 1,953 m

High

1,559' 475 m

Low

2,349' 716 m

Up

7,055' 2,150 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

Fun, exposed singletrack with amazing views tied together by dirt road sections and finishing at a local brewery.

Need to Know

The ride gets more technical the further along you get. Please ask someone on the ride for opt-out routes if you're feeling tired or over your head!

Optional opt-outs include:

Description

This ride features the Santa Ana River Trail (SART) almost in it's entirety. Starting at South Fork Campground, you'll follow the Santa Ana River trail from South Fork to Glass Road, then Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03: Glass Road to Middle Control Road, where you'll climb up to Angelus Oaks on Middle Control Road before heading up Thomas Hunting Grounds Road (1N12) to Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03: Thomas Hunting Grounds Section followed by another section of the Thomas Hunting Grounds Road (1N12) to the gate at Morton Ridge Road (1S13).

Ride uphill past the gate to do the whole route, keep going downhill past the gate to opt out of the final section of singletrack. It is between one and two hours from the gate to the end of the ride if you choose to complete the route. Pay attention to the time!

After a tough climb up to Morton Peak, more technical, exposed singletrack awaits to take you down the hill on Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03: Morton Peak Section and into Mentone/Redlands where you'll finish at local brewery Hangar 24.

NOTE: When you reach the end of the Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03: Morton Peak Section you'll take a right on Front Line Truck Road. Look for a small trail off to the left after climbing a hill to continue on the route shown here. OR if you prefer something less technical, continue on Front Line Road.

At your next option, take a LEFT towards Emerald Ave. Follow Emerald Ave to the gate where you'll meet up with the mapped route again.

The trail is exposed in many sections, so ride within your limits!

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Shared By:

Margaret Gregory

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  4.5 from 11 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
Climbing Morton Peak
Dec 5, 2017 near Yucaipa, CA
Some of the trail has a fair amount of exposure.
Sep 5, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA

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Aug 16, 2020
Gela MalekPour
So much fun 38.6mi — 6h 13m
Jul 5, 2020
Klavikle Klavikle
Oct 26, 2019
Michael Flores
Oct 27, 2018
Mark Fulgar
Oct 13, 2018
Jason Wernli
Rode this for the first time! Could NOT have navigated it without MTBProject app. 6:15 total-ride time of 5:12. It rained the ENTIRE time. 37.1mi — 5h 12m