Borrego Springs 400K/600K

This 400Km/600Km covers a huge diversity of territory from beach views along the PCH, to 50 miles of grade isolated bike paths, to views of the highest peaks in Southern California (San Jacinto and San Gorgonio), huge wind turbines, vast desert landscapes, vista of lakes and high plains, and back to Pacific ocean.  It has one huge climb up Montezuma, right after the overnight, but otherwise the climbing is spread out and relatively short.  It’s scheduled early in the year to avoid the possible high temperatures in Palm Springs desert area.  The weather at this time of year is generally exceptionally pleasant, except (600Km only) for normally cold temperature at the top of Montezuma in the early morning hours.

The route  makes a giant  loop from Foothill Ranch to Laguna Beach and the PCH, Santa Ana River Trail (SART), Corona, Norco, Upper SART, San Bernardino / Redlands, Beaumont Banning, through the pass of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, around Palm Springs and Palm Desert, a stretch along the Salton Sea, then back East to Borrego Springs for the overnight stop at Boynton’s Hacienda Del Sol.  We will have a nice spread of food, place to shower, and even a few hours sleep if you desire.  The 400Km ends at the 600Km overnight control and a shuttle will be provided back to the start in the morning.  The 600Km continues climbing 4000 feet up the Montezuma Borrego Hwy (the glass elevator), then downhill to Lake Henshaw, past Mt Palomar, onto Valley Center, and then onto Oceanside.  From there, north along the Pacific coast to San Clemente, Dana Point and then inland back to Foothill Ranch.  The first day has little climbing and gradual grades.  The second day has the monster Montezuma climb, and a few other bumps, but nothing big.  Overall it covers a vast area of Southern California with great views and minimal urban slowdowns.

Ride Organizer: Willie Hunt (