REVISED ROUTE - This route is the original O'Neill - Hal's Place but now includes Trabuco Canyon Road instead of the horse trail that parallels it (which bikes are not allowed on). Make sure your 'time' includes this road section.
This route starts at one of the back gates to O'Neill Park and warms you up with a short singletrack & pavement combination through the park. After a significant pavement stretch along Trabuco Canyon Road you'll get to experience some climbing via a challenging singletrack-turned-fire road ascent that contains beautiful views of Trabuco Canyon and the Santa Ana mountain range. A brief out-and-back to Hal's place (complete with pool & spa) before experiencing an exciting double-track descent towards Live Oak Canyon road (which you'll need to cross carefully). Soon after a pleasant climb up a remote asphalt climb you'll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, the Vista singletrack descent. The final portion of this counter-clockwise loop contains the ever-technical Live Oak singletrack - definitely the cherry on the top! WARNING: Exercise CAUTION when crossing Live Oak Canyon Road as vehicles carry very high speeds around blind corners!
UPLOAD - DIRECT FROM YOUR GARMIN DEVICE To Post an activity, GeoLadders supports 'Uploading' directly from a Garmin device, BUT, USING THE IE BROWSWER ONLY (Microsoft Interent Explorer). Plug in your Garmin device to your computer and click the 'Upload from GPS' button, just above this text. Or, if uploading a new route that does not yet exist in GeoLadders, click the red 'Upload Activity' button, top upper right corner of the page.
UPLOAD - A GPX FILE Upload any GPX file (e.g. a recent activity) here using the 'Post GPX to this route' button, on the left. One way to get a gpx file of your activity is to upload from Garmin Connect or Strava. For example, upload your activity to Strava then download ACTIVITY as GPX from Strava to your computer. Open the activity in Strava, click the 'Action' icon on left (wrench), select 'Download GPX' (saves to 'Downloads' on your computer). Go to www.geoladders.com, open the existing route you want to post to, select 'Post GPX to this route' (on left), then click the 'Browse' button (middle of page), find the GPX in your 'Downloads' directory. Double click, save. That's it. Your route appears on geoladders.com/posts and in your dashboard.
DOWNLOAD - DIRECT TO YOUR GARMIN DEVICE Download this route to follow it on the GPS during an activity, or to race a Virtual Partner (yourself or others) on the GPS. Plug in your Garmin device to your computer and click the 'Download from GPS' button, just above this text. (NOTE: ONLY USE MICRSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER BROWSER TO DOWNLOAD, WILL NOT CURRENTLY DOWNLOAD THRU FIREFOX, CHROME, OR SAFARI).
DOWNLOAD - A GPX FILE Click the 'Download GPX file' link, on the left to download this GeoLadders route (as a GPX FILE) to your computer. Then to get the file on your GARMIN device, login to Garmin Connect at connect.garmin.com. STEP 1). Select ACTIVITIES (far left menu, 5th option) STEP 2). Upper right, click IMPORT, then click BROWSE, middle of page. STEP 3). Double click the activity, then click IMPORT DATA button. STEP 4). The activity opens (in Garmin Connect), then upper right, of the 5 icons, click the GEAR icon 5. then SEND TO DEVICE (Note: you can rename the acivity before sending to your device). The activity will show in 'Courses' on your Garmin device with the default name or the name you gave it. 6. You'll need to unplug your device to view courses on your device. That's it.
04/08/14 It's been a while, but I still love this route. Good to be back here. Started from The Path Live Oak. A fair amount of adventure out there tonight: a near crash on the first DH going really, really fast; a pissed off rattlesnake at the top of Vista; and then I picked up a ton of poison oak on my arms somewhere toward the end of the route. I ducked back into the Path after the ride for some Technu Extreme (which works awesome by the way). Glad to be in one piece and itch-free, and, all told, it was an excellent ride.
11/05/13 This is a really worthwhile and fun short ride. Looking forward to doing this again. I had a bit of trouble following the course file. In particular, the initial singletrack downhill entrance has been moved, so I was circling right from the get-go.