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Anaheim Hills Park Trail Loop

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5.6 Miles 9.0 Kilometers


20%

Singletrack

651' 199 m

Ascent

-644' -196 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

976' 297 m

High

555' 169 m

Low

Shared By Alan Corcoran

Conditions


All Clear 62 days ago
Dry: Sandbags removed from stairs. Some trails had water channel erosion - possibly from irrigation? Pickup trucks on DC trail. History

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A variety of terrain winding through slivers of wilderness embedded in Anaheim Hills housing tracts.

Alan Corcoran

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Overview

This is a good loop for locals. It's mostly easy with a few tougher climbs, stitching Deer Canyon Trail to horse trails to Ronald Reagan (formerly Toyon) Park. There is some pavement at the end to return to the Walnut Canyon Reservoir.

Need to Know

There's a trickle of water across the trail about two-thirds of the way down Deer Canyon Trail. It can be slippery - slow down before, go straight across, and don't brake while in the water.

Description

Park on the dirt at Walnut Canyon Reservoir on East Canyon Rim Rd across from E. Nightingale Circle or at Canyon Rim Park. The Deer Canyon Trail trailhead is adjacent to the driveway at the corner of East Canyon Rim and The Highlands Rds.

Plunge down Deer Canyon, bombing down to the Canyon Mist Ln./East Hollow Road Entrance. Cross the road to the Four Corners Trail. Climb (gently) through the ravine (between the backyards) to the corner of Sunset Ridge and Canyon Creek (to the right of the guardhouse). Cross Sunset Ridge to the horse trail on the other side.

Make a sharp right and then a quick left, which marks the beginning of a tough-ish climb towards a large water tank off to the left. Take a left at the top of the climb and head towards the water tank. Continue down the stairs (WALK YOUR BIKE DOWN THE STAIRS - they are pretty gnarly). Continue past the apartments parking on the horse trail, then take a sharp right up (usually well pine coned) hill to the Serrano Avenue crossing. This is a busy street with fast traffic - wait for a break.

As you cross, stay to the left of the horse trail, ride downhill, and then stay sharply to the right. There's a short, steep climb followed by a longer less steep climb. Stay on the main trail (there's a left that takes you over to Ronald Reagan [formerly Toyon] Park, skip it) and head towards the tunnel under Oak Canyon Drive. The tunnel is a little dark and creepy, but there are usually no obstacles in it. On the other side there's some singletrack up and down and one very steep climb up to a bridge. Continue until you come out on Blue Sky.

Take a right on Blue Sky, climb past Silver Star and go right on Night Star. Halfway down, take a left on East Marblehead which will take you back across Serrano. Turn left on Serrano up to Sunset Ridge, right on Sunset Ridge, and then left on The Highlands, which takes you back to the start for a total of just under six miles.

You can extend the ride with a circle around Walnut Canyon Reservoir (1.7 miles) or many other options in Deer Canyon, Ronald Reagan/Toyon Park, Weir Canyon, and Oak Canyon Nature Center.

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Aug 21, 2018
Alan Corcoran
Jumped a few of the stairs. Almost cleared the bridge atop the short steep. "Cooler" temps (85) made climbs easier overall. 6.5mi — 1h 00m
Jul 22, 2018
Alan Corcoran
Hot. Goats are in Deer Canyon. 6.5mi — 0h 59m
Jul 2, 2018
Alan Corcoran
Took it easy. Still haven't made the steep climb to wooden bridge. Extra distance to and from house. 6.3mi — 0h 57m
Jun 10, 2018
Alan Corcoran
Extra bit is ride from driveway to trailhead. 6.6mi — 0h 51m

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