April 25, 2019

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OC Trail Report April 2019

As we inch closer to May, get ready for the transition from our prime riding season to the hot & sandy conditions of summer. Although as I write this we’re getting the tiniest smattering of rain on the coast, so perhaps we’ll get a few more days in the hero dirt.

April Showers bring May...Rattlesnakes?

Yep that’s right, as the weather heats up we’ll see more snakes sunning themselves on the trail. The snakes I’ve seen so far look well fed and LARGE.  Avoid run-ins by riding as early as possible, before the heat of the day sets in. If you run into a snake, keep your distance and if you can’t get by safely on the trail give them a nudge with a looooooong stick or even just a light showering of dirt clods.

Another hazard we’ve received lots of reports on is Poison Oak. It is out IN FORCE this year due to the heavy rains. This early in the season it can be tough to identify, blending in with other greenery. Later in the summer it will turn reddish brown and be a bit easier to pick out. We recommend a thorough rinse off with cold water after every ride, but if you’re not hip to the icy shower trend then we have found Tecnu scrub works great.

Trail Conditions Round-Up:

As always we love any trail tips you have to share! Jump into the comments section below or DM us on the interwebs. Here’s our latest info on local riding spots:

Laguna Coast / Crystal Cove:

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Old Emerald

Green

Fast and fun, in great shape. Go for your PR but keep an eye out for hikers (and some bikers climbing up for some reason?!?!).  

Emerald Falls

Yellow

Some new washouts, but overall very fun. Will be in great shape in a week or two. Some overgrowth at the bottom.

Rattlesnake

Yellow

Chunky and fun with new exposure and technical sections. Massively overgrown at the bottom - bring your weedwacker!

Lizard

Green

Super flowy and fun. Rock gardens are in great shape - lay off the coward hooks and roll right through. Busy on the weekends - beware of hikers!

Missing Link / Fence Line

Green

Couple of sandy spots, and starting to get blown out but still plenty of fun sections.

T&A

Green

In great shape, some recent trailwork.

  

Aliso Creek / Wood Canyon:

5 Oaks

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Got a tip? Share in the comments!

Rock It / Lynx

Green

The conditions are prime!!! Same for Lynx. The brush is not crowding the trail too bad on either, but it is limiting visibility a bit. Go get those PR’s!!! (Thanks to Walt Malzahn for the tip!)

Car Wreck

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Got a tip? Share in the comments!

Mentally Sensitive

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Got a tip? Share in the comments!


Las Ramblas:

2 Balls & a Bone

Yellow

Just been cleared, but still a bit overgrown midway down. Sunglasses and handguards recommended!

Secret Sh*t / What Sh*t is this?

Green

Use the lower side entrance to WSIT. SS is runing great - very KOM’able RN

Drunken Fools

Yellow

Upper part good, lower part entrance looks overgrown but once you get through it is clear. At the bottom, don’t go up 2 ½ months because OG RV is not cleared at all!

General comment

Yellow

Some trails have not been cleared yet so be cautious! Mustard will stop you in your tracks.


San Clemente / Dog Park:

Dan Juan

Green

Hope in the Fence

Green

Totally reworked and running fast

Lobo DH

Green

On poooooiiiinnt!

Car Crash

Green

Running great

Hole in the Fence

Green

Primo

Flow Trail

Green

Whole Shot

Green

General

Yellow

Connector trails are still over grown. Lots of snakes and poison ivy.
Watch for ticks too (reader tip from Douglas Anderson)


Greater Region:

Head up to see our good friends at Sky Park this month for the primest of prime loam in all of SoCal. Enjoy the scenic views and fresh pine forest coverage for all-day riding.

Zion / Virgin / Hurricane, Utah: It is prime shoulder season before the heat of the summer comes. We were in Hurricane a couple weeks ago riding Hurricane Cliffs trails (fun!) and Guacamole (BADDDD-ASSS!). While there, we picked up some locals’ knowledge on a couple new spots we can’t wait to hit up next time. Road trip, anyone?

We’re also getting that itch to make the trek to Moab, trying to hit that sweet spot when the upper trails are open and it’s still cool enough at the base.  Might be a few weeks out though - Burro Pass and Kokopelli are still buried in snow.

Thanks for checking out the OC Trail Report from Cycleogical.  We’re still tinkering with format and content, so let us know how else we can make it better in the comments. Happy riding!


3 Responses

Dan English
Dan English

April 27, 2019

Marina Hills trails are clear, including connectors.

Centipede
Hole-in-one
Edge-n-ledge
C-drop

Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson

April 26, 2019

Many of the Dog park trails in San clemente are overgrown with mustard seed and other brush. Some trails (Boulder jump) are completely lost to the mustard. Ive pulled off ticks too.

Walt Malzahn
Walt Malzahn

April 26, 2019

We rode Rock it last night. The conditions are prime!!! Same for Lynx. The brush is not crowding the trail too bad on either, but it is limiting visibility a bit. Go get those PR’s!!!

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