Event Date: April 5th, 2014
Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, CA
Event Start: 5:30 AM
Counting Coup has sold out for 2014
The event fee is $90 which includes finishing award, t-shirt, and post-event food.
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 2014
event WILL NOT transfer to the 2015 event, no exceptions. This policy stays
in effect whether you are injured, have unexpected business, a family
emergency, etc. Sorry, there are NO exceptions.
Those registered for the event may pick up their packet (number plate, event t-shirt, etc.)
on Wednesday April 4th, Thursday April 2nd and Friday April 3rd from 5:00-7:00pm
at Rock n' Road Cyclery in Irvine [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
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 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm from O'Neill Park to the the start for those that left their
cars there in the morning.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Read the 2012 event write-up.