Storm Drains in Irvine, Calif

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by boyfester, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. boyfester

    boyfester Urban Explorer

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    On Father's Day, my dad and I took a ride through sections of Orange County, CA not normally seen by the public. I forgot my camera that day but came back today and snapped some shots. These are shots of the storm drains of Orange County, CA. Found some mud, rode some virgin sand washes (when the storm drains ended), blasted through tunnels galore, and had some serious fun until I flatted my back tire in one of the sand washes.

    Here's the beginning. All pictures taken with my cell phone.
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  2. boyfester

    boyfester Urban Explorer

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    Found some water in the sand wash proceeding the storm drain.
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    Right before the concrete drains.
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    Riding here felt like the chase scene in Terminator 2 without the hauling ass part and no semi truck behind me. This was after the first mud hole underneath an overpass.
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    Other view of mud in tunnel.
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    The drain ended and I had to negotiate this cemented rocky section. I had to dismount the beast and walk it up while fanning the clutch. I did not want to dump it and bust the case open on these rocks. As you can see, I don't have the best off road tires. Two guys were hanging out here playing with some RC dune buggies (duffle bags on the right are theirs).
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    I turned my beast around and headed up the virgin wash. This was a tight wash!
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    Some Irvine Water District tank on the right.


    Further along the trail. There was an abandoned archery range up here. Cool!
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    End of the trail for me. This was a huge wall. I want to come back on foot later.
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  3. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Im from Yorba Linda we should :freaky when i get back there in 2 years.
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  4. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    i hope you had a good long shower after that ride :lol3
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  5. lvdukerider

    lvdukerider Las Vegas Nevada

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    Awsum report, believe it or not I actualy get paied to patrol washes like those on a XT225. Lots a criminals like to hide out in those tunnels and I get to ferret them out.:clap
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  6. uxc

    uxc adventure nerd

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    effin sweet man. That's my kind of riding!
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  7. boyfester

    boyfester Urban Explorer

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    What would be the ticket amount ($$$) for riding in these by the way? Unbelievably, there are no "no entering/trespassing" signs at both ends of this when entering from the sand washes.
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  8. GB

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    Good thing we don't smell what you must have :lol2
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  9. gatling

    gatling Long timer

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    Interesting report, thanks. I ride my bicycle on the San Gabriel River bike path. It goes under several bridges and there are a lot of strange-looking low-lifes living in those places, too.
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  10. KillerPriller

    KillerPriller Long timer

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    yeah, me too. Bernardo Yorba and Esperanza ('87). Im hoping to get back to So-cal in the next year or so.


    I use to play in some of those tunnels when i was a kid. there is a long tunnel that starts from kinsbriar and exits north of Yorba Linda blvd. Its a large enough pipe for a motorcycle, easy.

    Pipe start
    N33.880196,-W117.787313

    pipe exit
    N33.88982,-W117.783544

    about half way to Yorba Linda, the pipe decreases in diameter, but its still 8ft or so. There is also a 30'ft incline (about 20 degrees) which could be tricky.

    so, who's up for an adventure? Just dont go if it looks like it might rain.


    nk
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  11. boyfester

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    Revisiting my old thread today. The area in the last four pictures of my thread is completely gone now! It has been replaced by a paved Alton Parkway. They completely ripped out the sand wash, the cement boulder climb, and replaced it with pavement. You can drive your automobile past the Irvine Water Tanks now and dream how things used to be. So glad I did it when I had the chance! Google Maps is not updated yet and it only shows the construction, but it is completely gone now. Wow!

    Boulder Climb in 2008
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    Boulder Climb in 2011 (Google Maps)
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    Boulder Climb in 2012 (on Bing Maps)
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  12. boyfester

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    I guess there's always this opening...
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    I took this one on my mountain bike today.
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    It got pretty tight.
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    And wet.
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  13. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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