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Maple Springs - Santiago Peak  (California)      53k views  
          Route creator Terry Best  

Route Overview

Overall:  6.6
Technical:  5.2
Bigger out and backout and back
Distance: 23.4 miles
Ascent: 4,153 feet
Time: 3:08 minutes
Ladder Points +74
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This excellent fire road out-and-back starts up Maple Springs Road and eventually merges onto the Main Divide fire road for the final leg up to Santiago Peak. Breathtaking views of Orange and Riverside counties and a constant uphill grade that's never uncomfortably steep makes for an extremely rewarding ride. It's very easy to hold high speeds in the final three pavement miles of this route. Please be aware that hikers and motorcyclists often use this trail as well. Exercise Caution !

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  Route Comments
kinda hot, lots of vehicles and motos.
Congo Kid05/19/18
Nice and sunny the whole way up. Nice and cool, but cloud cover in the valley the entire day. So looked down on cloud cover from the peak. Tons of motorbikes out and SUV's and trucks with weekend wanna-be warriors doing their 4 wheeling as the gate was open. Made for very dusty conditions with all the traffic. 33 min to end of pavement, 1:26 to 4 C's and 1 hour to peak. Forgot how chunky and loose that first half of 4C's to the peak is - not fun riding at all, though it's been way worse with HAB sections. Saw a dinky gopher snake just before getting to 4 C's on the way up.
beat the rain
Good ride to the peak.
Congo Kid04/22/17
Lovely day for a ride to the peak. A zillion motocross guys and jeeps and 4X4 weekend warriors were on the roads due to the gate being open. Warm at bottom and steadily got warmer, but due to elevation gain, never felt hot. Cool breeze at peak. Foothills HS mountain bike team was training so passed a few of them. Rock section above 4C's not as bad as previous years, but still a tough section with a short HAB section. Really flew on the downhill. 1:33 to 4C's and 2:24 to the peak. Ate lunch up there with pretty good views. FLIES and GNATS everywhere. Breathing them in, crawling around my face and helmet on the uphill grind. Note to self: keep Deet in my backpack. Used a large hankerchief over my face for the downhill which was just the ticket. Had a ton of dead gnats and flies on my jersey and legs from hitting them at speed.
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Route Times223 riders, average time 3:08:02
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