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Ortega Highway (AKA "The Awesome 74 to Lake Elsinor")

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jul 01, 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
March 7, 2010
Ridden this road a couple times and it's a very…
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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
March 7, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Ridden this road a couple times and it's a very nice jaunt between the 15 and the 5 on your way to San Diego. A lot of fun to ride, good curves, and if you catch it in the middle of the week, car traffic will be light. A little on the Short side though. Don't get me wrong, the road is a lot of fun and the Lookout cafe overlooking Lake Elsinore is not be missed. It just seems that once you really get into it, it ends. Good for an afternoon but not a day trip.
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Guest
August 2, 2013
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is a fun, easy day trip or great weekend getaway to the beach. My wife, she drives a Vulcan, go the opposite direction from Lake Elsinore to San Juan Capistrano then spend the night in San Clemente at a comfortable and friendly Bed and Breakfast, Always Inn. Beautiful mountain and costal scenery. Easy road other than the initial ride up the Ortega Highway on the Lake Elsinore side. Spectacular views of the Inland Empire.
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