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3.94 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.94
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jun 30, 2005

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mooseariss
July 26, 2011
This is a hell of a ride to do during the summer…
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Guest
June 22, 2010
Beautiful ride in Southern California. Great…
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Written Directions

The directions to this route are incredibly simple. Just get your self to San Juan Capistrano, CA and head east on route 74 or get your self to Lake Elsinore, CA and head west on 74.

Scenery

This road takes you through the Cleveland National Forest between San Juan Capistrano, CA and to Lake Elsinore, CA. You'll pass through some great mountain/valley scenery as you descend and climb through the national forest. In addition to mountains you'll see some lush plant nurseries and pass through some alpine forest areas. When you finally reach the end (near Lake Elsinore) you will truly be amazed at the breathtaking view of Mt. Elsinore as route 74 sits thousands of feet above the lake and its valley. 74 then quickly descends down to the lake and town.

Drive Enjoyment

The roads have a great combination of sweeping turns and twisties. It has a nice section that puts together a series of 180 degree turns as you quickly climb up a mountain. The part of the road near the end and dumps you down into the Lake Elsinoreis full of great turns as well. When I was out there, there were more bikes than cars as this truly is a favorite ride in southern California for bikes.

Tourism Opportunities

There is not too much to do in the way off "Roadside Amenities" however there are two bar/diner places along the route that cater specifically to the bike crowd. One of them is called Hell's kitchen and it caters to the cruiser/Harley crowd and the other is the "Lookout Roadhouse" which seems to attract more of the sport bike guys/girls. Other than that the town of Lake Elsinore has plenty of places to grab a bite and get your tank filled up.

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Ortega Highway (AKA "The Awesome 74 to Lake Elsinor")
Ortega Highway (AKA "The Awesome 74 to Lake Elsinor")
Ortega Highway (AKA "The Awesome 74 to Lake Elsinor")
Ortega Highway (AKA "The Awesome 74 to Lake Elsinor")
Ortega Highway (AKA "The Awesome 74 to Lake Elsinor")
Ortega Highway (AKA "The Awesome 74 to Lake Elsinor")
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mooseariss
July 26, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is a hell of a ride to do during the summer months. If you are lucky and get ahead of traffic going on this road, it can be clear all the way to your destination. Very very well conditioned roads, on the Orange County side. It appears that some major road work was done in the last few years, making this a very desirable ride.
Sadly, the road condition tends to become varied once entering Riverside County. None the less, this is still a very nice ride and a very beautiful run. would suggest any one who has not ridden it, to give it a try. A word of caution, a lot of woodland creatures tend to jump across the road. so don't freak out if a squirrel happens to jump out and try to mess you up.
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Guest
June 22, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Beautiful ride in Southern California. Great scenery and tight turns. One huge problem is the amount of traffic. It is known as a very dangerous road as a result. Just too many cars.
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Guest
March 7, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Nice twisties. Agreed, route is pretty short. Make sure you keep going after "The Lookout" and have lunch at "Hells Kitchen". Afterwards, you can keep going in to Orange County and do some beach crusing if you want to make it an all day ride.
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