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Warrior's Society Counting Coup

date and location

Event Date: October 22nd, 2016
Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, CA
Event Start: 5:30 AM

Important Update

The 2015 events rescheduled for October 22, 2016 due to forest closure. You can read more details here.

We will be offering all participants the choice of a refund or transfer to the 2016 event, to be held on Saturday, October 22nd. Any open spots will be opened for registration at a future date.

Please email us if you’d like a refund. We will be offering refunds through October 24th after which time all those not requesting a refund will be transfered to the 2016 event. To save us time, please include your most current mailing address if requesting a refund.

Some changes to the 2016 Pow Wow:

Those who have participated in 10 or more Vision Quest events will be given coup feathers signifying this accomplishment. To qualify for this special feather you must contact us and let us know which years you participated in the Vision Quest so we can verify the information you provided.

We want to make this a family friendly event so instead of having a band playing in the finish line staging area we will have a bounce house and also possibly a water slide if the weather is warm enough and we will have hot dogs and chips for the kids.

course description

44+- miles, 8,000 +- ft. of elevation gain

1. Blackstar Canyon Road to the top of the Silverado Motorway – dirt fire road with many steep climbs.
2. Silverado Motorway to Aid Station – downhill, technical single track.
3. Aid Station to Santiago Peak – almost all uphill climbing on some pavement with stream crossings then dirt fire road.
4. Santiago Peak to the Holy Jim Trail – steep, technical, downhill dirt fire road.
5. Holy Jim Trail to Trabuco Creak Trail – downhill, technical single track with stream crossings.
6. Trabuco Creek Road to finish line at the Parkers Property: 4 mostly flat miles on a dirt road to the Parkers Driveway approximately 1/4 mile before you would reach the wash at the end of Trabuco Creek Road.

The ride will begin from the end of Blackstar Canyon Road. You will ride up Blackstar Canyon Road to the Main Divide Road. At this point you will follow the Main Divide Road to the Silverado Trail (Motorway). You will ride down the Silverado Trail to the Aid Station.

After leaving the Aid Station you will go up Maple Springs Road to the Main Divide Road. You will ride up to Santiago Peak and down to the Holy Jim Trail Head on the Main Divide. You will then go down the Holy Jim Trail to the finish line at the intersection of Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road. NOTE: You must make sure the Aid Station records your number before continuing on. Finishing times will be posted after the event and will be mailed to you at a later date.

Control your speed on the Holy Jim, Trabuco Canyon and Trabuco Creek Trails and ride down in a safe manner. Hikers and bikers will be on this trail and you will be responsible for harm caused to yourself and others. Course Marshals will penalize unsafe riders.

Note: Use extreme caution when riding across the stream crossings, they can be slippery and have pot holes in them which could result in injury if ridden into.

cut off times

The first cut off time is 9.30 a.m. at the bottom of the Silverado Trail and Maple Springs. The second cutoff time is 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Maple Springs Road and the Main Divide. If you do not make the cutoff times and refuse to return to the staging area you have violated the terms of your participation and the Warrior's Society will no longer responsible for your safety. Your emergency contact will be called and notified that they will be assuming all responsibility your safety.

additional info

Energy bars/gels, fruit, water and hydration mix will be provided at each Aid Station.

Check our web site the week prior to the event for the latest news. You can also email us for information not posted on the web site. No alcohol allowed. Finishers will receive their finisher's award when they cross the finish line and the top 10 finishers will be announced after the last finisher crosses the finish line.

We have arranged with the County of Orange to allow overnight camping at the start on Black Star Canyon Road the Friday before the event.

Funds raised by this event will be used to support our goals of maintaining the trails of the Trabuco District of the Cleveland National Forest.

Don't forget to bring a beach chair for use after the event. There are picnic benches provided but a beach chair is more comfortable.

Please review the PDF files below for more details about the event.


» Pow Wow General Information (pdf)
» Staging Locations (pdf)
» Counting Coup event information (pdf)
» Preparing for the event

Contact: countingcoup@warriorssociety.org

Finishing Times:
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006,
2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

Read the 2014 event write-up.


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