Mountain Home Creek - SART - Thomas Hunting Grounds Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,075' 937 m
Descent: -3,061' -933 m
High: 6,111' 1,863 m
Low: 3,276' 999 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“Enjoy a 20-mile loop up wooded valleys and onto singletrack with exposure.”— David Estes
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
The Oaks is a great place to stop and refuel. They have a porch that is comfortable and accommodating. But please be respectful and if you are going to use their toilets, buy a drink or some food.
Begin climbing up the road as it passes the Loch Leven Conference Center and proceeds to a locked gate. The old Mountain Home Trail road is decommissioned and in various states of disrepair. It is a typical SoCal climb, so expect to go all up until you get to Angelus Oaks. At the upper gate, make your way through a residential area and up to the Oaks Restaurant and post office. Take a break and get some fuel if you desire. Please don't use their facilities without buying a little something.
Proceed up the dirt Mountain Home Trail road beginning immediately behind the store and post office till you can jump on the Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03: Thomas Hunting Grounds Section at mile 9.0 (The short spur is not marked well, be on the look out). It will intersect with the SART which you turn left on. The next 1.5 miles contain premier mountain singletrack for you to enjoy! there is a short spur section at mile 10.4 which brings you back to the road, and the continuation of the SART on the right. This entrance/continuation may not be marked well. This section of the SART itself is usually in very good shape, but it is on loose decomposed granite and the trail conditions change rapidly with small landslides. There will also be more exposure to your right in this section. Stay frosty.
Beginning at approximately mile 12.3, the SART intersects Thomas Hunting Grounds Rd several times as fast and flowy singletrack. At approximately mile 13.7, you are back on more of an exposed and technical section, again usually in good repair.
Finally at mile 15.6 you are back on fire road on the Thomas Hunting Grounds Road (1N12), which you make the next two lefts on to take you back down the mountain to the start.
History & Background
Land Manager: USFS - San Bernardino National Forest Office