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Mountain Biking: Santa Ana Mountains

Sierra Peak via Black Star Canyon: 25 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing
Four Corners via Harding and Silverado Canyon: 27 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing
Santiago Peak via Harding Truck Trail: 28 miles with 5,100 feet of climbing
Black Star Canyon and Skyline Drive: 29 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing
Santiago Peak via Joplin Trail: 34 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing
Santiago Peak via Silverado Canyon: 36 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing
Sierra Peak via Black Star, Coal, and Skyline: 37 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing
Hagador, Pleasants, Bedford, and Bald Peak: 37 miles with 6,300 feet of climbing
Black Star, Skyline, Bedford, and Silverado Trail: 41 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing
Sierra Peak via Coal and Black Star Canyon: 43 miles with 5,300 feet of climbing
The Santa Ana Mountains are a short peninsular mountain range along the coast of Southern California. From north to south peaks which can be accessed by trail include: Sierra Peak (3,045 feet), Hagador Peak (3,880 ft), Pleasants Peak (4,007 ft), Bedford Peak (3,800 ft), Bald Peak (3,947 ft), Modjeska Peak (5,496 ft), Santiago Peak (5,689 ft), Trabuco Peak (4,613 ft), Horsethief Peak (4,313 ft), Los Pinos Peak (4,455 ft), Old Sugarloaf Peak (3,327 ft), Sugarloaf Peak (3,228 ft), San Mateo Peak (3,593 ft), Elsinore Peak (3,575 ft), and Sitton Peak (3,225 ft). Modjeska Peak and Santiago Peak, the two highest summits in the range, form Saddleback Ridge.

Sierra Peak via Black Star Canyon

Sierra Peak via Black Star Canyon • Route Profile
Route Profile • Sierra Peak via Black Star Canyon
Black Star Canyon Road is a fire road that starts in Black Star Canyon (off Silverado Canyon off Santiago Canyon) and leads up to the Main Divide. From the Main Divide the route follows Leonard Road to Sierra Peak.

Four Corners via Harding and Silverado Canyon

Four Corners via Harding and Silverado Canyon • Route Profile
Route Profile • Four Corners via Harding and Silverado Canyon
Harding Truck Trail is a fire road that starts in Modjeska Canyon (off Santiago Canyon) and leads up to Four Corners. Maple Springs Truck Trail and Silverado Canyon Road lead down Silverado Canyon and back to Santiago Canyon.

Santiago Peak via Harding Truck Trail

Santiago Peak via Harding Truck Trail • Route Profile
Route Profile • Santiago Peak via Harding Truck Trail
Harding Truck Trail is a fire road that starts in Modjeska Canyon and leads up to Four Corners. From Four Corners the route follows Main Divide Road to Santiago Peak.

Black Star Canyon and Skyline Drive

Black Star Canyon and Skyline Drive • Route Profile
Route Profile • Black Star Canyon and Skyline Drive
Black Star Canyon Road is a fire road that starts in Black Star Canyon and leads up to the Main Divide. From the Main Divide the route follows Skyline Drive down to Corona.

Santiago Peak via Joplin Trail

Santiago Peak via Silverado Canyon • Route Profile
Route Profile • Santiago Peak via Joplin Trail
Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Grade Road lead up to Santiago Truck Trail. Santiago Truck Trail continues to lead up to Joplin Trail, passing the Luge and Old Camp. Joplin Trail is steep and rugged, unrideable for the most part (going uphill). Joplin Trail connects to Main Divide Road, which leads up to Santiago Peak. The descend follows Main Divide Road to Four Corners and Harding Truck Trail to Modjeska. Santiago Canyon Road leads back to Cook's Corner.

Santiago Peak via Silverado Canyon

Santiago Peak via Silverado Canyon • Route Profile
Route Profile • Santiago Peak via Silverado Canyon
Silverado Canyon Road is a paved road that starts in Silverado Canyon (off Santiago Canyon) and leads up to Maple Springs Truck Trail, which leads up to Four Corners. From Four Corners the route follows Main Divide Road to Santiago Peak.

Sierra Peak via Black Star, Coal, and Skyline

Sierra Peak via Black Star, Coal, and Skyline • Route Profile
Route Profile • Sierra Peak via Black Star, Coal, and Skyline
Black Star Canyon Road is a fire road that starts in Black Star Canyon and leads up to the Main Divide. From here Leonard Road leads over Sierra Peak to the top of Coal Canyon, which leads down to Anaheim Hills. The route then follows Santa Ana River Trail, Green River Road, and Foothill Parkway to Corona. Finally Skyline Drive leads back up to the Main Divide.

Hagador, Pleasants, Bedford, and Bald Peak

Hagador, Pleasants, Bedford, and Bald Peak • Route Profile
Route Profile • Hagador, Pleasants, Bedford, and Bald Peak
Black Star Canyon Road is a fire road that starts in Black Star Canyon and leads up to the Main Divide. Main Divide Road leads south to Four Corners, passing the Doppler Radar, Hagador Peak (antennas), Pleasants Peak (antennas), Silverado Trail, Bedford Peak, and Bald Peak. Maple Springs Truck Trail and Silverado Canyon Road lead down Silverado Canyon and back to Black Star Canyon. For a shorter loop, Silverado Trail can be descended (25 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing).

Black Star, Skyline, Bedford, and Silverado Trail

Black Star, Skyline, Bedford, and Silverado Trail • Route Profile
Route Profile • Black Star, Skyline, Bedford, and Silverado Trail
Black Star Canyon Road is a fire road that starts in Black Star Canyon and leads up to the Main Divide. From the Main Divide the route follows Skyline Drive down to Corona. Temescal Canyon Road then leads south to Bedford Motor Way. Bedford Motor Way is a steep fire road that leads back up to the Main Divide. The Main Divide then leads north to Silverado Trail. Silverado Trail is a rocky single track that leads down to Silverado Canyon Road, which leads down Silverado Canyon and back to Black Star Canyon.

Sierra Peak via Coal and Black Star Canyon

Sierra Peak via Coal and Black Star Canyon • Route Profile
Route Profile • Sierra Peak via Coal and Black Star Canyon
This loop starts in Irvine Regional Park and follows trails to Anaheim Hills. Weir Canyon Road, Santa Ana Canyon Road, and Gypsum Canyon Road lead to Santa Ana River Trail. Coal Canyon Road leads up to Leonard Road, which leads over Sierra Peak to the top of Black Star Canyon. Black Star Canyon Road leads down to Silverado Canyon, and Santiago Canyon Road leads back to the start.

Santa Ana Mountains • Interactive Map

Santa Ana Mountains • Pictures

Santa Ana Mountains • Santiago Peak with view of Catalina Island
Santiago Peak with view of Catalina Island
Santa Ana Mountains • Sierra Peak with view of the Santa Ana Mountains
Sierra Peak with view of the Santa Ana Mountains
Black Star Canyon • Santiago Peak with view of Catalina Island
Black Star Canyon
Santa Ana Mountains • Doppler Radar with view of the San Gabriel Mountains
Doppler Radar with view of the San Gabriel Mountains
Santa Ana Mountains • Silverado Trail
Silverado Trail
Tin Mine Canyon • Santiago Truck Trail
Tin Mine Canyon
Santa Ana Mountains • The Luge
The Luge
More pictures

Santa Ana Mountains • Personal Notes

We built a new home in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, and with this amazing wilderness in our backyard, I decided to finally get into mountain biking. I am looking forward to hundreds of miles of trail to explore.
My first ride on my first mountain bike was Santiago Peak via Harding Truck Trail.
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