Elsinore Mountains Divide Ride

Coto de Caza, California

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The Elsinore Mountains Divide Ride is a 45.85-mile clockwise loop that starts high in the Santa Ana Mountains, descends rapidly into the Elsinore Trough, climbs up onto the Santa Rosa Ecological Plateau, and then continues to climb up into the Elsinore Mountains to return. The recommended direction is clockwise, such that the ride on CA 74 (Ortega Highway) is in the downhill direction. Please note that CA 74 is a two-lane highway with shoulders. There are plenty of breathtaking views, although one’s eyes tend to be glued to the road. The Lookout Roadhouse is on the left in the opening stages of the descent. This is a popular hangout for motorcyclists. You may also see small packs of motorcyclists on the highway.
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by Wayne D. Cottrell (Falcon Guides)

The Elsinore Mountains Divide Ride is a 45.85-mile clockwise loop that starts high in the Santa Ana Mountains, descends rapidly into the Elsinore Trough, climbs up onto the Santa Rosa Ecological Plateau, and then continues to climb up into the Elsinore Mountains to return. The recommended direction is clockwise, such that the ride on CA 74 (Ortega Highway) is in the downhill direction. Please note that CA 74 is a two-lane highway with shoulders.

There are plenty of breathtaking views, although one’s eyes tend to be glued to the road. The Lookout Roadhouse is on the left in the opening stages of the descent. This is a popular hangout for motorcyclists. You may also see small packs of motorcyclists on the highway.

© 2017 Wayne D. Cottrell /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking, Walking
Nearby City: Coto de Caza
Distance: 45.85
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Riding Time: 3-7 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Maps: The Thomas Guide by Rand McNally—Street Guide: Riverside County (any recent year), page 895
Driving Directions: Directions to Elsinore Mountains Divide Ride

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