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Southern California Trails

  • Morton Peak - #MortonPeak

    Socal - - Mills creek NickNames: #MortonPeak

    10 fwy east to redlands exit university go north to hwy 38 (lugonia ave.)turn left(east) drive through mentone to the ranger station park in the parking lot, ride from lot east toward bridge til you see senic view sign on left begin climb' Thomas Guide page: 609

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    • Trail UpdateMorton Peak-rode the peak sunday morning with buzz lightspeed excellent conditions the trail was great. looks like bike traffic made some good lines.a little loose on some parts but over all a good ride check it out sometime its aggod work out
      Ride rating: Advanced
      fred a 38 year old Weekend Warrior riding a santa cruz light from redlands


    • Trail UpdateMorton Peak Singletrack-see previous route description. as you're going up fireroad to morton peak there is a signed trail to the left. this is the santa ana river trail. just a few yards up the trail and to the right is an unsigned trail. although it looks like it takes you the wrong way, it loops back around and continues along ridgeline. the singletrack is overgrown is some places (needs more traffic). the trail rolls for a couple of miles and then you begin to drop elevation big time of some super steep and straight singletrack. this is way better than the santa ana river trail. it's about 6 miles of singletrack and then you're back in the orange/lemon groves. work your way left through a series of dirt road/pavement back to hwy 38 and then to your car. for you guys that loves the steeps, this is the trail for you.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 15.3 miles Elevation change: unknown
      swilson a 36 year old from orange county, ca


    • Trail UpdateMorton Peak-rode this trail last sat. parked at mill creek ranger station and rode for a couple miles up hwy. 38. turned left on dirt road. road this steep fireroad until i hit a junction. continue left at locked gate. the singletrack will be on left and is signed as the santa ana river trail. good trail. is 5 miles, not 8 as originally posted. while at top of morton peak, spoke w/ a ranger. there's another trail called morton peak singletrack that bikers are allowed to ride. as you're going uphill, just past the santa ana river trail is a faint trail to your right. this follows the ridgeline and then drops you down by dam. it appears longer than the santa ana river trail. next time i'll try this one.


    • Trail UpdateMorton Peak-Please note that in the directions you will turn right on Hwy 38 (Lugonia), not left as the directions say. You will still head East and towards the mountains so this should seem obvious. I haven't ridden this singletrack since Spring, but it was pretty overgrown and I found lots of ticks. I recommend knee-high socks and arm-warmers to protect yourself from the bushes and weeds. They also make it easier to find the ticks.
      The Climb is pretty brutal, but the singletrack is definitely worth it. I prefer to park at Hwy. 38 where the trail crosses back across Mill Creek, about a mile before the Ranger Station. This enables you to get all of your climbing done at the beginning of the ride, which is always my choice.
      Have Fun.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Rye Guy a 35 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Supergo Single Speed from Redlands


    • Trail UpdateRocky, Narrow-begin climb from trail(fire road) a 3 1/2 to 4 mile leg burning climb to the look out tower. below is the start of the single track close to 8 miles of singletrack downhill very technical and tricky. follow trail down and follow fire roads on end of newport ave. toward wash which leads you back to hwy 38 west of ranger station ride back to station.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 14 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=20%
      Fred a 38 year old Weekend Warrior riding a santa cruz light from Redlands


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