San Juan Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 13.3 miles long and begins at 817 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 8,265 feet. Along the trail there are parkings. The trail ends near Sugarloaf Peak.
San Juan Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This ride is located in the Cleveland National Forest, approximately 13 miles from I-5 in San Juan Capistrano. This 19-mile lollipop is a ride to make you feel smug and superior. Starting form Hot springs Road in Cleveland National Forest, begin ascending the switchback-intense San Juan Trail, FS 6W05. It's tricky climbing some of these switchbacks. But soon the trail levels out a bit as you continue coursing toward Sugarloaf Peak. Just below the summit is a sublime place to rest. The views are outstanding, the sandstone makes a great place to stretch out, and if you get bored, you can always sit back and watch bikers climbing and descending on both sides of you. Scenery includes otherworldly rock outcroppings, outstanding views of Cleveland National Forest, and desert and alpine landscapes."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Located in San Juan Capistrano in the Santa Ana Mountains east of Interstate 5. Highlights: San Juan Trail is regarded as one of the best singletracks in California. If you are a strong biker with good technical skills, you will love this ride. Hazards: Take your pick. Exposed roots, large rocks, steep drops next to the trail. Do not do this ride unprepared. There is no food or water, and you are far from any help. Many Southern California professional racers use this as a downhill training course. Forest Adventure Wilderness Pass."
--Mark Ross & Brad Fine, Mountain Biking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
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