Distance: 41 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain (mapping software)
Each route today starts in a different direction right from the start. Despite heading off in different directions, all routes stop for lunch at the same location in theYorba Linda/Anaheim Hills area and all routes tour the “maze” area in Villa Park (although the trip through the “maze” varies somewhat). Like the medium, this short heads to lunch via the Santa Ana River trail, but gets to the river by a more direct route. We formerly went to the “World’s Best Hamburger” but that is closed, so now we will be going to a location along Santa Ana Canyon Rd. After lunch, this short skips any climbing in the Anaheim Hills and proceeds directly to Villa Park and the “maze.” It does a shorter route through the maze area than the other routes and then heads back to the start by a very flat route. The only significant climbing on this route is in Villa Park (the peak at about the 25 mile mark) but it is less than 300 feet of climbing.
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