Enjoy riding in the wilderness on empty trails, then join us on a docent-led mountain bike ride that loops through Fremont, Baker and Black Star Canyons. The route features expansive views, as well as the flora and fauna of the Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve and Black Star Canyon Nature Park. The ride will stop several times along the way to rest/regroup and we will have a snack break. If you are very physically fit and in excellent cardio shape, this is a great opportunity to enjoy this seldom visited wilderness of Orange County!
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land. Electric Mountain Bikes of any class or type are not permitted.
The ride starts and ends at the Baker Staging Area that is located along Black Star Canyon Road. We will warm up for the climb to Fremont Canyon’s Cathedral Rock by riding some seldom ridden non-technical single-track trails in Baker Canyon. After the Baker Canyon warm-up, the ride will loop the southern portion of Fremont Canyon with a turnaround point at Cathedral Rock. Cathedral Rock is the high point on the south ridge of Fremont Canyon and offers great views of the Fremont and Santiago Canyon areas, as well as Orange County and the surrounding areas. The ride ends with a long downhill back to the Baker Staging Area.
This is a slow-paced ride designed for the beginner to intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and is physically fit, but sometimes needs to move slower on steep ascents/descents. We will ride both fire roads and largely non-technical single track trails. The ride will regroup and rest as needed and an opportunity will be provided for a snack break.
Please note, the ride is approximately 15 miles long with 2300 feet of elevation gain. The route has climbs with some steep sections that may be ‘hike-a-bike’ for some riders. Also, be advised that the climb to Cathedral Rock is a 3+ mile climb that gains 1500+ feet in altitude (average 9% gradient with a number of steeper pitches).
This activity originates and ends in the OC Parks’ Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park and travels into OC Parks’ Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve.