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Warrior's Society Vision Quest

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

56.5+- miles, 11,000 +- ft. of elevation gain

GeoLadders course profile
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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.

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 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.

additional info

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 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.

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

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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