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!
GeoLadders again supports 'Uploading' directly from a Garmin device to Post activities, but using the IE browser only (Microsoft Interent Explorer). Plug in your Garmin to your computer and give it a try, just click 'Upload from GPS' button above this text. Or, if uploading a new route, click the red 'Upload Activity' button top upper right.
Also, 'Downloading' routes directly to a Garmin device to follow a route on the GPS, or to race a Virtual Partner (yourself or others) on the GPS, is again supported (IE browser only). Notice the 'Virtual Partner' tab after hitting 'Download' button above this text.
* How to 'Upload' (or POST) a GPX file to an existing GeoLadders route from your Garmin gps. For example, upload your activity to Strava then export ACTIVITY as GPX from Strava to your computer. Open the activity in Strava, click the 'Action' icon on left (wrench), select 'Export 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.
** How to 'Export' a GeoLadders route to put on your Garmin gps. Download the GeoLadders route to your computer as a GPX using the 'Export GPX' link, to the left. Login to Garmin Connect at connect.garmin.com 1. Select ACTIVITIES (far left menu, 5th option) 2. Upper right, click IMPORT, then click BROWSE, middle of page. 3. Double click the activity, then click IMPORT DATA button. 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.