The stars aligned this week: I had time, health, and a working
bike, all at the same time. I rode every day this week.
It's amazing what having a working, top-shelf fork can do for the
quality of a ride. My new Fox Float 32 Factory fork
is awesome. Little ripples and bumps disappear, and big
ones are manageable. Utterly confidence-inspiring. So, so much
better than the mushy, stiction-afflicted mess that was my old
I spent the first part of the week retracing familiar trails and
getting re-accustomed to real trail riding. So I focused on the
Yucca downhill (new PR), Grasshopper (ditto), and tried to make
sure each ride included plenty of climbing, just to get that into
my legs while I have the chance.
And Friday afternoon, I decided not to sweat the pace, and instead
just explore what else I could find close to home.
I ended up riding some of the trails through Anaheim Hills. A bit
of singletrack along the creek, and some horse trails, but all of
it enjoyable. (Some of it simply because it's new, some because
it's genuinely great.)
It's a near-perfect one-hour loop starting from the Weir Canyon
trailhead at the end of Hidden Canyon Rd. and looping east through
Weir, then connecting out to the neighborhood trails through
The singletrack running south from Blue Sky Rd is genuinely
great. What a gem to find hidden in a suburban neighborhood. And
it was fun to connect Deer Canyon to other trails. Without those
connections, it's just an isolated out-and-back. Now I can link it
with neighborhood horse trails, and back to Weir.
I've always been a huge fan of hidden neighborhood trails/loops,
especially if they involve little secrets you only discover by
actually exploring what's there. This loop ticks all the
boxes. About an hour, 1300 ft of climbing, some fun singletrack,
some challenging technical climbing, and enough navigation to keep
my mind engaged. I'm absolutely going to go back and ride
this again when I get the chance.
Anaheim Hills Horse Trails Loop