Santa Anas

Not quite like the Big 3 mountains, but there's still some great trails closer to home in the Santa Ana mountain range.

Silverado Foot Race

4/10/22  My fourth or fifth time doing the Silverado Foot Race and Dr. Rock's first. 6.5 miles and almost 3,000' of gain on some steep and occasionaly gnarly trail. Lots of fun!

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San Mateo Peak II

2/28/22  Another trip around the San Mateo Peak loop, this time counter-clockwise, for almost 10 miles on a beautiful late winter day.

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Lost Falls II

1/26/22  A second attempt at finding Upper Hot Spring Canyon Falls, better known as Lost Falls. This time... success! Possibly the first photo of the full falls from this vista spot in many years.

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Lost Falls

1/12/22 A short exploratory trip to try to find the lost trail to Hot Spring Canyon Falls. The trail had been recently reestablished part of the way to the falls after not being used for a few decades.

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Holy Jim

11/1/21  First trip back to the Holy Jim trail after it had been closed for over 2 years due to fire. Dad and I made it up to the fireroad enjoying perfect trail conditions and only 1 human sighting over almost 13 miles and 2,500' of gain.

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Verdugo Trail

6/1/21  What was supposed to be a 14 mile, fairly easy hike turned into 20 miles and over 3,800' of gain on a warm day. And a very close encounter with a rattlesnake added to the adventure.

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Lucas Canyon

5/16/21  About 11 miles down the closed Lucas Canyon trail on a cold, rainy day. The weather, combined with overgrown trail, made for a most excellent adventure.

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San Mateo Canyon II

4/29/21  Another trip down San Mateo Canyon, this time starting from the Fisherman's Camp trailhead and making it almost to the Indian Potrero trail. Over 13 miles and 2,000' of gain on a hot but beautiful day.

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San Mateo Canyon

3/4/21  A nice 10 mile out and back down the Tenaja Trail to the bottom of San Mateo Canyon. Beautiful singletrack still wet and green from rain the day before.

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San Juan Trail

4/26/20  10.5 miles and almost 2,000' of gain up the San Juan trail with Dad and Tara. It was a fun day, despite being over 90 degrees!

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San Mateo Peak

12/27/18  A rare chance to see snow in the Santa Anas! Dad took me on a nice 10 mile loop to San Mateo Peak starting and ending at the Morgan trailhead.

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Tenaja Falls

2/23/18  Dad introduced me to a great new trail that heads towards Blue Water Canyon and Tenaja Falls from the Murrieta side of the Santa Anas. 12 miles of great single track without seeing another human all day!

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