Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, in all its beauty, is situated in the Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County. Fremont Canyon is often referred to by some as “the Yosemite of Orange County,” because of its picturesque granite rock formations, caves, ridgelines, and steep canyon walls. The peak of Fremont, situated at 2,376 ft., one can take in the breathtaking views of the snow-covered San Gabriel Mountains and as far north as Los Angeles and Palos Verdes. The one loop course offering 4035 feet of elevation gain and loss, will take you past many varieties of endangered plants, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, and the rare Tecate cypress. This diverse habitat of Fremont teems with wildlife, including cactus wrens, bats, Granite Spiny lizards, San Diego mountain king snakes, Bell’s sage sparrows, rock wrens, mountains lions, mule deer and golden eagles.
We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!
fire roads, course is recommended for an experienced runner
Elevation gain and loss: 4035ft
Aid 1 at mile 3.8, Aid 2 at mile 8, Aid 3 at mile 11.4, Aid 4 at mile 14
Course map: not available to post; trails available only on open access days
Turn by Turn Course Description:
17.9 Mile Lap: From Irvine Park at group site 3 right on Peter's Cyn Rd/MWD spur, left on Dam Rd, veer right at split to Coal Mine, pass Blind Canyon turnoff (on left), veer left as Coal Mine turns into Windy Ridge, right on Black Star SCE, descend into canyon, pass Donaldson's Camp turnoff on your left, right on Lakeview, right on MWD/Coal Mine, veer Left on MWD at MWD/Coal Mine split, pass cell tower spur on right, go under 241 toll road, Left back into Irvine Park on Peter's Cyn Rd/MWD spur and Right into group site 3.
Event Time Line:
6:30 am – 7:00 am - Check in
7:30 am – race start
11:00 am - Awards (announced when the overall and age group results are in for each distance)
Raffle ongoing – must be present for awards and raffle