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What's the toughest hill in Orange County, CA or environs(19 posts)

What's the toughest hill in Orange County, CA or environsjrescpa
Aug 14, 2003 11:56 AM
I think Ridge Park on top on Newport Coast is a contender. 400ft over .87 mile. I hear Pacific Island Drive is tougher. Have yet to climb it. Anything else? Modjeski Road and Modjeska Grade Road are fun. I hear Baldy Village up to the ski resort is a challenge with some 15% grade. The ride up to Oak Glen out past Redlands is also a challenge from either direction. (OC Wheelman Fall Metric Century)
West fork of the San Gabriel River?PsyDoc
Aug 14, 2003 12:12 PM
I used to go fly fishing up there, but there were always cyclists riding the "hill"; it was tough even in a car.
re: Park Ave. in Laguna..jrm
Aug 14, 2003 12:17 PM
Starting from PCH to Top of The World.
Although i preferred riding the rollers from CDM to Dana Point. i wonder if it gotten to dangerous to do that anymore.
And if you're nuts, try Third St.fracisco
Aug 14, 2003 1:02 PM
It's 1 block long and super steep (steeper than Fillmore St in S.F.). I really don't think it's rideable.

PCH is just too damn crowded between Laguna main beach and Aliso Creek. If you were going to ride it, it would have to be early early on a weekend.
Do you mean Forest to Third to Park to Top of The World?jrescpa
Aug 14, 2003 1:31 PM
Would the route be PCH to Forest then right onto Third then left and up Park Ave to Top of the World?
Yes, that's the one. n/mfracisco
Aug 14, 2003 2:42 PM
re: Park Ave. in Laguna..jrescpa
Aug 14, 2003 1:27 PM
That's another one I had in mind to try. It's scary driving up in a car. Has to over 15% grade in sections.
re: What's the toughest hill in Orange County, CA or environsJAishima
Aug 14, 2003 12:48 PM
The Baldy ride is definitely pretty tough. From the tunnels (before the Village), it's pretty steep all the way up. Also remember that this is at 3500 ft going up to over 6000 ft, which doesn't make it any easier.

As soon as I get pics scanned in, I'll have a ride report about Baldy. I've been waiting a long time to finally get all the way to the top! (profile of the road)
Pacific Island: in Laguna niguel tops in my bookuksrfr
Aug 14, 2003 12:59 PM
Pacific Island starts off steet, and stays that way to the top. Either way you go up is very difficult, and the decent is so steep as to not be much fun either. Great training...
A street that I have looked atfracisco
Aug 14, 2003 1:04 PM
I have looked at it riding by, and grimaced at the thought of going up it. Ouch.
Second PIDCHRoadie
Aug 14, 2003 1:09 PM
I'll second this one--it's a great climb, but not very long (I don't think it's even 1.5 miles).
re: What's the toughest hill in Orange County, CA or environsmarkkar
Aug 14, 2003 2:40 PM
Hidden Hills or Camino de Bryant in East Yorba Linda.
re: What's the toughest hill in Orange County, CA or environscloset roadie
Aug 14, 2003 4:31 PM
Mt Baldy is a great climb. I rode it at the end of June; I climbed from 1260' at my house to the Ski Lifts at 6345' in 16 miles. It's quite a grind after the tunnels and the last mile or so is 15%, but it averages about 7%, just a little less than Mt Ventoux. Yeah, I used my triple, but damnit, I didn't walk any of it!

Mt Wilson would also be a real challenge. I've done it twice on my mountain bike (Sam Merril trail/Mt Lowe Railway and also Mt Wilson Toll Road/Sturdivant trail)and it was brutal, about 9% average grade. The paved routes would be a little less steep, but at least as tough as Mt Baldy.

This site lists the profile for Mt Baldy and 3 other So Cal climbs:

Happy climbing!
A couple toughies right in OC.MB1
Aug 14, 2003 6:22 PM
#1 Start on Back Bay Drive and turn up San Joaquin Hills Road. Just before Newport Coast Drive turn Right onto Ridge Drive which becomes Ridge Park once you cross Newport Coast Drive. Take it to the top.

For additional KOM Points after San Joaquin Hills Road crosses MacArthur Blvd turn left on San Miguel Drive and right on Spyglass Hill Road which will take you back to a left on San Joaquin Hills Road before Ridge Drive where you can pick up the rest of the climb.

#2 Live Oak Canyon Road from Santiago Canyon Road. Somewhere around O'Neil park it will eventually turn into Trabuco Canyon Road. Take it all the way to Santa Margarita Parkway which will take you back to El Toro Road/Santiago Canyon Road. For bonus points you could pick up Modjeska Grade right by the start/finish.

Won't be doing too many hill repeats on either of those. A triple chainring might not be a bad idea. Probably be about a 40-50 mile ride if you did them both in one day.

Take a camera along and give us a ride report.
Or that tough climb in Dana Point......abicirider
Aug 14, 2003 8:13 PM
There was that killer climb right there in Dana Point Harbor, don't remember the name of the hill or street. I remember Jack use to hold TT up it when he had Sportech2 there in Dana Point, I know good ole Matt O'day climbed it pretty darn fast on that KHS, brings back memories, many memories, matter of fact thinking the other day when Miss M and I flew to Oregon and did the Tri fun times.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
A couple toughies right in OC.jrescpa
Aug 15, 2003 8:42 AM
I have done both of your rides and they're challenging but I'd rate them maybe a 6 or 7. I did them on a 39x27. Don't have a triple. Ridge Park is tough but I'm looking for the next level of difficulty. :)
Wait for some really strong SantaAna winds and do the River Trail. nmiMB1
Aug 15, 2003 11:55 AM
re: What's the toughest hill in Orange County, CA or environsTDino
Aug 14, 2003 9:45 PM
My 2 cents

Pacific Island Drive, steep & long.

3rd street/Park Ave, Laguna. What fracisco said. Ugly steep. I haven't ridden it, just driven. Scary enough driving that one.

MB1's route(s) are long and annoying(in a good way), but not unrideably steep.

To add more of a challenge when taking Santiago Cyn, take Ridgeline up from El Toro. If I recall correctly, it's about .5 miles at 11%. Going down the other side puts you back onto Santiago Canyon.

Tomorrow, if I have time, I'll take a GPS, and photos to the aforementioned hills.
re: What's the toughest hill in Orange County, CA or environsjrescpa
Aug 15, 2003 8:47 AM
Ridgeline is also on my to-do list. Think I'll ride from Jamboree south on Santiago and climb Modjeska from heading toward Cook's Corner to warm up then up Ridgeline. :)