10/30/05 Warrior’s Society News – Switchback 6-Hours of OC this Saturday

In this issue:

1. The Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County is this Saturday November 5th – Registration ends this Wednesday, November 2nd

2. Trail sign re-installation project on Saturday November 12th

3. Los Pinos Brushing project on Sat. Nov. 19th


Registration for the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2nd or sooner if we sell out.

If you are not participating in the event but would like to cheer the participants on please feel free to do so. The cost for non-participants to enter the park is $5.00 per car. We’ll have breakfast food for sale to both participants and non-participants. Lunch is free for participants and can be purchased by non-participants for $5.00 for ages 13 and up, $3.00 for kids 12 to 5 and kids 4 and under eat free.

Camping fees at the Flying “B” Ranch are $12.00 a night. RESERVATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR MOTOR HOMES OR TRAILERS – MAKE RESERVATIONS ASAP TO INSURE A FULL HOOKUP SITE. For more information regarding Black Star RV and Picnic Park facilities please contact Amy at (714) 649-9218 or email at blackstarv@aol.com

Doug at Geoladders has measured the distance of the Expert Course (4.6 miles) and the total elevation gain per lap (1,125). The Novice Course is 4.2 miles long with a total elevation gain per lap of 1,060.

To view the map of the Expert Course, go to the Geoladders web site at:


Applications for the Switchback Cyclery 6-Hours of Orange County are now available at the majority of bike shops in Orange County. Your $35.00 entry fee includes beaded and non-beaded gold, silver and bronze coup feathers for the top finishers; a goodie bag; a lunch of salad, pasta, rolls and drinks (beer or soda).

Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County event t-shirts can be purchased for an additional $10.00.

You can also download and application from our web site at:


Or register on active.com at:



As some of you know, many of the trail signs we installed in the Blue Jay area and San Mateo Wilderness were dug out and hidden. The person or person that did this went to a lot of work to hike in and dig them out; each sign weighs around 90 pounds. It was partly our mistake for not setting them in concrete as we did with the signs on the Main Divide.

The Warrior’s Society in conjunction with the Backcountry Horsemen of San
Bernardino and the USFS are sponsoring a trail work day on Saturday, November 12th 2005. We’ll be replanting 4 Trail Signs that have been vandalized in the spring of 2005.

Jonathan Schultz will be leading the mule packers who will be transporting the cement, water and signs out to the locations. The volunteers will be planting the signs in cement. Hopefully this will allow the signs to stay put.

We will be staging out of the lower Blue Jay campgrounds camping out Friday night. If you’re free Friday night consider joining us. We’ll be providing dinner (hamburgers, chips, beer or soda). If you plan on camping out please RSVP and bring a bundle of firewood.

We will start work at 8:00 Saturday morning working until 2:00 P.M. or sooner if we get all the signs installed. A lunch (prepared by ex-chef and Warrior’s Society Trail Manager Keith Eckstein) of pasta with red sauce garlic bread, green salad and drinks will be served at 2:00 P.M.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending. To get to the campground from Orange County take the 5 Freeway to the Ortega Highway exit and go east on Ortega Highway for 21.9 miles until you reach the turnoff to the campgrounds and turn left.

There is a wooden sign where you turn that say’s “El Cariso Hot Shots Regional Center” and “Los Pinos Conservation Camp” along with and address of “39251 Ortega Hwy.” Go up this road until you come to a junction with a sign that reads “Long Canyon Road” and turn right to the upper campgrounds which will be on your left (about 2.5 miles from where you turned off Ortega Hwy). Drive into the campgrounds and follow the road all the way in to the lower campgrounds.

We’ll provide the tools and you bring a pair of work gloves and water/snacks for on the trail.


The Warrior’s Society Dog Soldiers, led by Ned “Lone Wolf” Reynolds, will be brushing the Los Pinos Trail, one of the most challenging backcountry trails in the Trabuco District.

When: Saturday November 19th.

Where: Meet @ the San Juan Parking lot @ 7am. This is going to be a long day so we need to start early.

Game Plan: Split up into two crews. One crew will shuttle to the top and work down. The other crew will work from the Bottom. If anyone can’t make the 7am start time then they can start from the bottom. I will supply the loppers and power tools.

Special Notes: This trail is overgrown, even by Los Pinos standards. I and others would like to shape this trail up prior to the long Thanksgiving/Turkey Burn Weekend.

Why: Because it’s one of the best & toughest Trails in the Cleveland National Forest and currently it’s beyond overgrown.

What to bring: Bring enough water and food for a 7 hour day. I suggest long pants and long sleeve shirt. We’ll provide the tools including some power tools.

Notes: If you have never done Los Pinos, on your Bike, this would be a perfect time to come out and see for yourself one of OCs best and toughest trails.

Please reply to Ned Reynolds at elr1@sbcglobal.net if you can help

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