Event Date: April 4th, 2015
Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, CA
Event Start: 5:30 AM
Vision Quest has sold out for 2015
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 2015
event WILL NOT transfer to the 2016 event, no exceptions. This policy stays
in effect whether you are injured, have unexpected business, a family
emergency, etc. Sorry, there are NO exceptions.
We are no longer offering an early start option. We will have only one start
time at 5:30 a.m. WE WILL NOT HAVE SHUTTLES TO THE START — YOU MUST TRANSPORT YOURSELVES.
The start will commence at 5:30 a.m. whether you are there or not.
There will be a shuttle running from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm from Parkers Ranch
to the the start for those that left their cars there in the morning.
56.5+- miles, 11,000 +- ft. of elevation gain
View the course profile on GeoLadders
1. Blackstar Canyon Road to the top of and down the Silverado (Trail) Motorway to Aid Station
#1 – dirt fire road with many steep climbs until you go down the Silverado (Trail) Motorway,
which is technical single track.
2. Aid Station #1 to Santiago Peak – uphill climbing on pavement with stream crossings, then
dirt fire road.
3. Santiago Peak to the Holy Jim Trail – steep, technical downhill dirt fire road.
4. Holy Jim Trail to Aid Station #2 – downhill, technical single track with stream crossings.
5. Holy Jim Trail to base of the West Horse Thief Trail – dirt road then technical single
track with stream crossings.
6. West Horse Thief Trail to the junction at the Main Divide Road – steep hike-a-bike.
7. The top of West Horse Thief Trail to the top of Trabuco Canyon Trail – dirt fire road.
8. Trabuco Canyon Trail to Trabuco Creek Trail and Trabuco Creek Road – downhill, technical,
steep, single track with stream crossings.
9. 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, across the Main Divide Road to and down the Silverado Trail
(Motorway) to Aid Station #1 at Maple Springs. At this point you will follow Maple Springs Road
to the Main Divide and Modjeska Peak and Santiago Peak and then down to the Holy Jim Trail. You
will then ride down the Holy Jim Trail to Aid Station #2 at the parking area at the base of Holy
Jim Canyon. You will then continue up Trabuco Road to the Trabuco Trail and the West Horse Thief
Junction. You will hike up the West Horse Thief Trail to the Main Divide Road. From this point
you will ride across the Main Divide Road to the Trabuco Trail and down the Trabuco Trail to the
Trabuco Creek Trail and Road. You will follow Trabuco Creek Road to the finish line at the
intersection of Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road. NOTE: You must make sure the Aid
Stations record your number before continuing on. Finishing times will be posted after the event
and will be mailed to you at a later date.
Remember the fire roads and trails are still open to vehicles and hikers
during the event, also expect the fire roads and single track trails to be rutted and in bad
condition if we have a rainy winter. There may also be snow on the course. If you are
unfamiliar with the area please use extreme caution). For a more detailed description of the
trails, refer to Randy Vogels book, "Mountain Biking in Orange County California."
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.
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
Maples Springs Road and the Main Divide. The third cutoff time is 12:00 p.m.
at the bottom of Holy Jim Trail, and the fourth cutoff time is 12:45 at the bottom of the West Horse Theif Trail.
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.
Energy bars/gels, fruit, water and hydration mix will be provided at each Aid Station.
AID STATION 2 BAGS – If you want to bring your own supplies to Aid Station 2, we must be able to
throw way any left over contents and the bag they are in. All bags will be thrown away after the
event. No Aid Station bags, disposable or not, will be taken to Aid Station 1. Your Aid Station
2 bag must be dropped off at the registration table the morning of the event.
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.
Check our web site the week prior to the event for the
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.
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)
» Vision Quest event information (pdf)
» Preparing for the event
Read the 2014 event write-up.