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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Get a gpx file of your activity from Garmin Connect or from Strava. For example, upload your activity from your GPS to Strava then save as GPX to your computer. Click this Upload GPX button to then upload it to GeoLadders.
Steps to create GPX from Strava: 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.
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To get the downloaded gpx file from your computer onto 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.
04/09/19 Daytime start with night time return. Not cold at all at the peak. I haven't been at the peak in more than 6 years. I had the idea that that section from 4C to the peak was shorter. Used the first section of Bockthorn to comeback from the peak. That was my reward from this ride.
05/19/18 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.