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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

Registration for Counting Coup has closed for 2016

All entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deferrable. We have to plan well in advance and therefore cannot offer refunds. You may not give or sell your number to another individual. The entry fee for a 2016 event WILL NOT transfer to the 2017 event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have unexpected business, a family emergency, etc. Sorry, there are NO exceptions.

Important Updates

Registration for any possible remaining spots will go online October 3rd at 3pm.

This event will be part of the 2016 King and Queen of the Santa Ana's Mountain Bike Championship Series

The Championship Series will consist of two classes, Pro and Intermediate.

The Pro Class of the series will consist of the 2016 Trabuco Challenge Pro Class and the 2016 Vision Quest.

The Intermediate Class series will consist of the 2016 Trabuco Challenge Intermediate Class and the 2016 Counting Coup.

We will have both female and male champions in three age groups: 15-19, 20-49, 50 and up.

Winners will be determined by their combined finishing times and crowned/awarded the day of the Pow Wow.

Some changes to the 2016 Pow Wow:

The finish will not be at Parker Ranch this year, it will be at the Trabuco Flyers Airfield which is also on Trabuco Road.

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.

Those registered for the event may pick up their packet (number plate, event t-shirt, etc.) on Tuesday October 18th and Wednesday October 19th from 5:00-7:00pm at The Path in Tustin [click for map]. Please do don't arrive after 7:00pm as the shop will be closing at 7:00pm.

When you pick up your packet you may also pick up for a friend, you will not need your I.D. until the morning of the event at the check before the event starts.

You may also pick up your packet the day of the event at the start from 4:30 am to 5:00 am

If you have picked up your packet you will still need to check in at the start by 5:15 am

There will be a shuttle running from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm from the finish line to the the start for those that left their cars there in the morning.

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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