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Ortega Highway (74)

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 34 miles / 54.7 km
  • Ride Time: 2-4 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $2.58
  • State: California
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We usually meet up at the Chevron off of El Toro, becuase some of us are coming from the 5 and some from the 405. The real ride begins when you start heading east on Ortega. There is a little bit of road construction going on right now(7/07), but there are plenty of signs for warnings. The real fun part of the ride that we usually ride twice is the last stretch down the hill, right after you exit the little town with the 45 speed limit. We usually ride through, the last section twice then take the same route back; round trip from El Toro is about 80 miles. You could jump on the 15 and head to the 91 to the 55 around back to the 5 or 241.... There are gas stations as you exit the 5 freeway and at the opposite side near Lake Elsinore.

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Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadTwisty RoadHillyLight TrafficAverageAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

biskitdg says:

great picture!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM


The route consists of several dozen (at the least) twists and turns, is nice and scenic, however it is very dangerous during evenings and nights and especially after it rains. There is a lot of young, inexperienced wannabe sportbikers on the road, and you WILL see one go down somewhere along the road and you WILL see sportbike plastic on the sides of major turns.
Respect the road as it is one of the deadliest in Southern California. The views are incredible, the middle-of-the-road stop is awesome "HELL'S KITCHEN". Good food and decent prices. You'll like it. There is also a Mom & Pop shop across thestreet which sells tons of delicious home-made products (pies, cakes, jerky etc.). Make sure you have a full tank before you hit the road, as there are only two gas stations along the road (beginning and end of the road) and ABSOLUTELY no side-road Emergency Phones. Otherwise have fun!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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