Rattlesnake Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The first part of the loop is all fire road, rolling through scenic El Morro Canyon. At the back of the canyon, a mile-long grade ascends to the ridgeline. Continue along the fast and forgiving Fence Line Trail, cranking toward Red Tail Ridge. The path down Red Tail Ridge starts fast, narrows to a brush-lined singletrack, then ends with the rocky, rutted Rattlesnake descent. The trail dead-ends at a utility-pole access road that dips and then climbs to No Name Ridge. The ridge road rolls toward the ocean; a smooth, gradual descent ends just above the parking lot."
--David Womack, Mountain Bike! Orange County (Menasha Ridge Press).
Great technical ride, in fact, it ened up being a little too much for me. The park is covered with ridge routes. I find the routes quite boring. From the top rattlesnake starts off as single track, some very technical rocky sections, then some ridiculously tight track. The flowers had grown over this track pretty thick. From my experience of riding on the East coast I was not thrilled putting my head down and blazing through thick overgrowth. Besides the bushes grabbing at the handlebars you risk the stalks jamming your front wheel. 300-400 yards of this before the trail opens up and ends. Make sure to run down Mach 1 from this point. Mach 1 was one of the fastest and straightest trails I have ridden. A wind streched smile all the way to the bottom. I rode "I think I can" back to the top. A steep grade however in granny gear was an easy climb back to the top.
Outside of the ridiculous overgrowth at the 75% point this is an @$!*% puckering route. I'll post some pictures. . .give it a run (or a crash) if you have some time.
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