• 12-14-2012
    Abraxas
    OC Trail Conditions (San Juan?)
    This is my first winter in Socal and I want to figure out when its OK to ride and when we need to let the trails dry out.

    I was thinking of riding San Juan Saturday morning, I have read that it handles rain well, I just wanted to check with the experts.

    Thanks
  • 12-15-2012
    dirtvert
    I would bet that it's just about perfect today. Cold, but perfect!
  • 12-15-2012
    stencil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    I would bet that it's just about perfect today. Cold, but perfect!

    LOL @ cold. (For context, moved back here from NYC.)
  • 12-15-2012
    dirtvert
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    I would bet that it's just about perfect today. Chilly, but perfect!

    Fixed it.

    : )

    Btw- I grew up in the Midwest, and I've lived all over the country. But after a few years in Socal, I got spoiled from the weather. It'll happen to you, too!
  • 12-15-2012
    dirtvert
    double post...
  • 12-15-2012
    stencil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Fixed it.

    : )

    Btw- I grew up in the Midwest, and I've lived all over the country. But after a few years in Socal, I got spoiled from the weather. It'll happen to you, too!

    Was just talking about this yesterday. So true!
  • 12-15-2012
    Abraxas
    A few wet spots but just about perfect, the temperature was just about perfect too.
  • 12-18-2012
    bikinghawk1
    On a related note - what condition is Los Pinos in?

    I'm not so interested in rain and moisture - but general maintenance.
    A few years ago it was recommended that one wear long pants and sleaves on Pinos - was that b/c of overgrown brush and is that still the case?
    Is it fairly easy to follow or is it overgorwn?
  • 12-29-2012
    uncle mama
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Abraxas View Post
    A few wet spots but just about perfect, the temperature was just about perfect too.

    What are the current conditions of the San Juan Trail? I'm thinking about a road trip; it's been a few years since I've been down there.

    Thanks
  • 12-29-2012
    dirtvert
    ^^ It was great a couple of days ago. It's going to be good all winter, unless you hit it right after (or during) a big storm. BUT- the upper section through the meadow doesn't drain as well, so if you continue past Cocktail Rock you might want to take a right to the Viejo Tie or do an out-n-back to Chiquito.
  • 12-29-2012
    Der Juicen
    i might be heading down to san juan tomorrow with some buddies.
    i keep hearing from one of em that its supposed to be epic after a rain.
  • 12-29-2012
    dirtvert
    ^^ We rode it today in light rain (the first mile up, the last couple down), just up to Cocktail Rock. That usually wouldn't be my preference, but I was giving a visitor the tour. And it was pretty damn fun! The rain has stopped down here, if it stays away it should be great tomorrow.
  • 12-30-2012
    Der Juicen
    well, i finally made it to san juan. pedaled up, did the lollipop, about half way through the lollipop it started snowing/small hail. this made for a pretty miserable descent for my feet. but overall it was a good ride, i could definitely see why people like it so much. with just a little moisture in the dirt things would be pretty sick!
  • 01-02-2013
    Christieland
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    San Juan Trail, December 30, 2012.

    We're from out of town and were really excited to ride this trail. The first hour was very pleasant; it's a challenging, but do-able climb for me and I was able to make all the switchbacks. It was partly sunny most of the way, and then it started to rain.

    But the rain was actually pea-sized hail. It was light at first, and we were like, this is cool. Kept riding. And then, the skies opened up in a biblical way and poured evil down on us. Dumping, massive hail. We stubbornly pressed on, hoping to make it to "cocktail rock," but then it got to be too much (about two inches of hail sticking on the ground) and we turned around.

    It was like riding in snow, but then lower down, mud and water. We were covered head to toe in water and mud. Coldest descent, and day, of my life. Hot tea and a fireplace at El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano helped.

    Oh, and it wasn't hailing very much in this picture.
  • 12-17-2014
    jazzanova
    Re: OC Trail Conditions (San Juan?)
    Is SJ going be ok to ride today?
    I am trying to decide if I should try it.
    I have only ridden it 1 day after rain, never in the rain.
  • 12-17-2014
    mtnbikej
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jazzanova View Post
    Is SJ going be ok to ride today?
    I am trying to decide if I should try it.
    I have only ridden it 1 day after rain, never in the rain.

    The lower section still gets pretty wet and muddy. Most of it handles the water well. Old San Juan Loop gets kinda wet and slippery under the canopy.
  • 12-17-2014
    jazzanova
    Re: OC Trail Conditions (San Juan?)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    The lower section still gets pretty wet and muddy. Most of it handles the water well. Old San Juan Loop gets kinda wet and slippery under the canopy.

    So should I try? I was planning only up to cocktail rock.
  • 12-17-2014
    mtnbikej
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jazzanova View Post
    So should I try? I was planning only up to cocktail rock.

    That is up to you. Figure it rained pretty good just before dawn this morning, so it might be best to let it dry out a bit. Others will tell you to go for it....but they may not be the ones that go out maintain the trails.