Originally Posted by ccwood
Can anyone point me in the direction of a good route near Costa Mesa and/or a pointer to another thread that is near my area?
Costa Mesa, CA
Welcome to SoCal.
Try 5 south to 76 east. This gets you out to Mt. Palomar, Lake Henshaw & Julian area. Makes for a nice few miles, and if done during the weekday, it's even better!
Idyllwild, Hwy 74 Palms to Pines Hwy is nice, and also Angeles Crest Hwy in our local mountains. Also a quick trip up to Big Bear can be fun too.