Forest closure to last 1 to 3 years - Pow Wow suspended until the forest reopens.
The Pow Wow will be suspended until the closure order is over. The forest closure extends from
Santiago Peak, south to the North Main Divide Road/Long Canyon Road intersection. The closure would
include all of the roads and trails within this area, including Coldwater Trail, Holy Jim Trail,
Trabuco Trail, East and West Horsethief Trails, Los Pinos Trail, Trabuco Creek Road, Indian Truck
Trail, and portions of North Main Divide Road. We have asked the Forest Service if the Joplin Trail
is included in the closure and have not heard back.
We will be assisting the Forest Service in anyway possible to keep the trails in the closure area
cleared of rain induced slides that may be caused by the erosion of the barren slopes.
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
» Video documenting the 2004 Pow Wow on YouTube
Read the 2018 event write-up.