Orange County... Route 74, Hell's Kitchen & Cooks Corner

Route 74 or the Ortega Hwy winds from San Juan Capistrano through the Santiago Hills to Lake Elsinore, and is one of the favorite routes in Orange County.

Join us for an early start at Starbucks in Carson, as we head down the I-110 to Long Beach and pick up the PCH to Dana Point, then San Juan Capistrano, and on the the famous Ortega Hwy to Lake Elsinore.

We will stop for a refreshment break at Hells Kitchen, the infamous biker bar near Lake Elsinore.

About Hells Kitchen...
We opened our doors and tapped our kegs on January 31st 2004. The restaurant features indoor/outdoor dining, a full bar, big screen tv (to watch the races on), a coffin condiment bar, pool tables, starbucks coffee, hellish decor and Americana style food. The restaurant is owned and run by a Willow Springs racer.  Where'd the name come from? Hells Kitchen is a borough in New York, famous for it's melting pot of various cultures all in one area. It's known as a rough and tumble part of town. Most importantly, it's now known as the area which experienced the greatest loss of life to their firemen in the 9/11 tragedy which rocked our great country. It is the vision of Hells Kitchen that if we bring you the ideal hangout, a place we can call our own, we will bring togther our own melting pot of people who share the same love of motorsports.

From there we will wind back along Rte 74 where we will turn north to join the Trabuca Canyon/Live Oak Canyon Road heading to the famous Cook's Corner for lunch.

About Cook's Corner...

Cook's Corner is considered to be one of the most famous biker bars in Southern California. It is located at the juncture of Santiago Canyon and Live Oak Canyon roads. Cook's Corner was named after Andrew Jackson Cook, who got about 190 acres of Aliso Canyon in a land trade in 1884. In 1926, his son, Earl Jack "E.J." Cook converted a cabin into a restaurant for miners and local ranchers. After Prohibition ended in 1933, alcohol begain being sold, and Cook's Corner became a full-fledged bar. In 1946, Cook bought an old mess hall from the Santa Ana Army Air Base and the tavern was born. In 1970, a Santa Ana motorcycle accessories owner purchased it and Cooks Corner was molded into what it represents today…an old-fashioned roadhouse. Cook's (as it is normally referred) is still as rugged-looking as a World War II-era-mess-hall-turned-biker-bar should look.

From Cook's Corner we will take Santiago Canyon Rd then head south to pick up the I-405 to head home.

Route map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com?r=6001590

All up, this ride will cover around 190 miles, with a mix of Freeway, coastal roads, canyons and surface roads, and will be pretty much a full day ride. We will maintain a pace that accommodates all riders, and may split into two groups during the canyon sections, however this is a group ride and no one will be left behind.

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  • Jeff

    I really like everything. Great planing great riders the only down side I think it was my motorcycle. It is great for work commute but it might not be great for long rides.

    August 21, 2013

  • eric

    I think it would be pretty cool to drive all the way down to the lake and have a little picnic next time.

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Great ride, awesome day, and great company.
    Road surface on Ortega was perfect, pity there's not more passing lanes. Cook's Corner was pretty crowded, but interesting spot to hang!
    Looking forward to seeing everyone next time.

    3 · August 18, 2013

    • Anthony

      Had a great time Tim. Thank you! Til next time.

      August 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for leading the ride Tim, was fun!

      August 21, 2013

  • Louis V.

    PCH was a bit slow, however it was a viable alternative to the I-405 closure. Once we got to Ortega the ride became much better!

    August 20, 2013

  • Louis V.

    Good weather, Good roads and outstanding company! Though Cook's corner is not one of my favorite places. Adam, Michelle, Kyle and I decided to break off before Cooks corner to go have lunch at the "Tilted Kilt" Great food and awesome service!

    August 20, 2013

  • Anthony

    Had a great time. Nice pace.

    August 19, 2013

  • eric

    Yeah I'd say that one is worth a repeat sometime!! Great group of riders.

    August 19, 2013

  • Joe K.

    I will not be making it for tmr ride tmr..I am in San Luis obispo this weekend. You all enjoy the ride I will be around for the next meet!

    August 17, 2013

    • Tim S.

      No sweat Joe, sorry we'll miss you. See you next time.

      August 17, 2013

  • Anthony

    Hello all! Any chance I can catch this ride from Orange County near PCH and MacArthur? Thanks!

    August 17, 2013

    • Louis V.

      Anthony, We will make a fuel stop at the Shell station at the base of Ortega Hwy and the I-5. We should be there by 10:15 am. Please respond to let us know you will be joining us at the Snell Station.

      August 17, 2013

    • Anthony

      Perfect! I will see you guys then and look forward to meeting everyone.

      August 17, 2013

  • Lori J.

    yes I'll be at the shell station at 10:15 am ortega hwy. see you there anthony

    August 17, 2013

  • Jeff

    Looking forward to my first Meetup on motorcycle.

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up so there is a good chance I may not make it but if I can, I will just show up at the meeting spot. Cheers!

    August 17, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Just a few reminders for those attending... 1. The meeting place is Starbucks at the corner of Figueroa St and Torrance Blvd... just off the I-110 Torrance Blvd exit (Carson City Center) 2. Kick stands up at 9:00am SHARP, so plan to arrive for the briefing meeting at 8:45am... better still, arrive at 8:30 and enjoy a coffee and chat before we hit the road. (I'll be there around 8:15am)

    3. Please ensure that both you and your bike are safe and legal. (license, reg/insurance, roadworthy, and safety gear). It's solely your responsibility, plus it's a courtesy to others by avoiding unnecessary disruption to the ride.

    4. The weather is looking good, some early cloud clearing to a fine hot day with slight breeze and temperatures ranging between 85-98F at various points on our route, so gear up hydrate accordingly... 5. Only known route issue is the southbound closure of the I-405 but this shouldn't affect our route. See you all tomorrow... Ride on!

    August 17, 2013

  • John F.

    Looking forward to it!

    August 16, 2013

  • Louis V.

    Just a thought, The Look Out is just a mere 8 miles past Hells kitchen has a Excellent view of the Lake Elsinore area. Its on the summit of Ortega Hwy. Barbara the owner has been a motorcycle friendly cafe for over 3 decades and their breakfast is so much better and Homemade. Just a thought.

    July 28, 2013

    • Tim S.

      Will do. Yep, I'll try to free up either Tuesday or Thursday that week if I can.

      August 1, 2013

    • Adam J V.

      I am the FNG that Louis mentioned (coming from Louis it is a compliment!). Just wanted to second his comments about the ride we just had on Ortega. Excellent conditions. I would not mind trying The Look Out this time. I heard that Ortega was closed at some point do to the fires, but I have not heard lately if that is the still the case.

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Louis V.

    Just a FYI, I rode up Ortega last weekend with a FNG and a 72 R100/6. I'm happy to report that roughly 1/2 of Ortega is recently fresh tarmac. Beautiful riding surface. The rest is in fairly good shape. Way better then the Santa Monica Mtns that I like to ride.
    Also The I-405 will be closed for 20 hrs around the I-605. Starting at 9:00 pm on Saturday 08/17/13 Since we are taking the PCH I don't know how much this will effect our ride. The PCH might be the primary alternative to the I-405 which means we might be stuck in heavy traffic for a while.

    August 9, 2013

  • shumanman

    some stuff is getting in the way of my motorcycling. hopefully will be able to get it fixed beforehand but probably not. have fun.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be out of town this weekend, but if I am around I will definitely make it out!

    August 6, 2013

  • Keith

    I am interested in this ride, may have another bike as well, any chance at you guys stopping at Mothers in Sunset Beach to meet us? It's a biker bar on PCH south of Seal Beach (right side of the road going south), it will probably be closed but we can be there at 9:30 (about when you should be coming through).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TJXnUkOHM0

    July 23, 2013

    • Tim S.

      Hey Keith, we could pick you up on the way through, but it's only 15 mins from our start point (just south of the 110/405 Jctn)... why don't you set the alarm 30 mins earlier and join us... coffee and a natter before a ride is one of the best parts!

      July 24, 2013

    • Louis V.

      Tim, Whats a natter? And YES I agree, Keith should meet us at the starting point! This weekend's ride we had two riders that rode a distance to the starting point. One from El Cajon and the other from Lake Elsinore. Beside which its good to ride few miles before starting a group ride. This ensures that all is right with your bike and it warms up the tires. Its BMW thing. Any excuse to put on a few extra miles is a good thing!

      July 28, 2013

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