Trabuco Wash – 11/13/2011

With help from the Share Mountain Bike Club who graciously swept today’s ride, 18 riders got their first fall, 2011 glimpse at the Trabuco Wash. If ever you thought that fall colors don’t exist in Southern California, well, you need to visit this area. Not only are there numerous mountain biking routes, but in the area are some of the best hiking routes in the Santa Ana Mountains. (You just have to know where to look!) As you’ll see in the photos below, this is a great beginner ride – family-friendly for sure.

Weekend wannabe 4×4 drivers can test their skills (and their insurance companies) by playing off to the sides of the main road Trabuco Creek Rd. Motorcyclists and ATV riders (with street legal tags) can also have fun out here. And recently, the county graded and compacted the road, making it so smooth that even a passenger car can drive up to the Cleveland National Forest boundary. (NOTE: Beyond that, the road gets a little rough: passenger cars are not advised past the forest sign.)

Rumor has it that this road will eventually be passenger car friendly all the way to the Holy Jim parking area. And I think that’s a great idea! With so much to offer such a diverse set of interests, this canyon is a wonderful place to visit for many people nearly all year round. But do keep in mind: as drivers you need to be very aware of bikers here!

Check out some photos of today’s ride:

And here’s some Garmin GPS data from today’s ride: